WORCESTER — How does Worcester plan to become the healthiest city in New England in the next six years? By, among other things, tackling systematic racism and classism.
In a 100-page report to be released Wednesday by the Worcester Division of Public Health and its affiliates, officials have pinned down dozens of short-term and long-term strategies to reach its goal.
Although there are five main areas of focus, including primary care and wellness, violence and injury prevention, healthy eating and active living, as well as behavioral health, the final category of the Greater Worcester Region Community Health Improvement Plan underlies all the others.
That category — health equality and health disparities — aims to "improve population health by systematically eliminating institutional racism and the pathology of oppression and discrimination."
It's a lofty goal, to say the least.
"We recognize there are greater disparities among the white population versus people of color in our community," said Derek Brindisi, director of public health for the city of Worcester and the Central Massachusetts Regional Public Health Alliance.