On April 23, 2020, D.C. Policy Center Executive Director Yesim Sayin Taylor was quoted in The DC Line:
No one with whom I spoke was surprised by the data. The numbers amplify weaknesses and inequities in the nation’s health care system. They also underscore historic discrimination experienced by people of color, especially African Americans, in multiple arenas — education, housing, employment, transportation, food availability, environment, and public safety. Those often combine to produce myriad vulnerabilities, including poor health.
“The institutions that failed the black community for years are now failing the entire country,” said Yesim Sayin Taylor, executive director of the D.C. Policy Center, which has consistently examined disparities affecting the local black community. “This may be an opportunity to redo those systems and create equity.”
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