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Board directs staff to draft resolution declaring racism a public health crisis, form group focused on equity

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors directed County staff to draft a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis and form a group focused on equity.

The Board of Supervisors unanimously directed County staff to draft a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis and to form a new element group of the Countywide Vision project to promote and increase equity in San Bernardino County.

Once formed, the Equity Element Group would be comprised of community members and experts in healthcare, education, economic development, law and justice, and other fields to create a path toward promoting and increasing equity within the county.

“This is a beginning platform to start these dialogues and work together,” said Board Chairman Curt Hagman. “I am excited to work with our community to address these issues going forward.”

The Equity Element Group may be tasked with determining if there are racial disparities among our residents in the county, if campaigns and programs could be implemented to solve those issues, and identify what initiatives are already underway within County government or in the county community that can be highlighted and supported.

The issue of racism as a public health crisis came to the forefront following the global response to the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and the impact of COVID-19 on the Black community.

In 2011, the Board of Supervisors and San Bernardino Council of Governments adopted the Countywide Vision, a roadmap for the future of the county with an emphasis on 10 elements, including public safety, education, jobs and the economy, wellness and housing. The Countywide Vision recognizes that each of these elements is interrelated and interdependent.

Element groups working to achieve the Countywide Vision have produced tangible results for the county community. They include the Vision2Read literacy campaign; the Vision2BActive wellness campaign; the Vision4Safety public safety campaign; and the Vision2Succeed campaign created by the jobs and economy element group.

8 thoughts on "Board directs staff to draft resolution declaring racism a public health crisis, form group focused on equity"

  1. Steven Cantrell says:

    How can I be considered for a place on the Equity Element Group? I’ve been a resident of Fontana for 18 years and I care about the welfare of this great city.

    1. Hi Steven, contact the Vision project at and provide us with your contact information and what your interest is. Thank you!

  2. M says:

    Hmmm I thought that our CONSTITUTION GUARENTEED ALL MEN AND WOMEN ARE EQUAL….when did they rewrite that???

  3. richard says:

    i fail to see how our county leaders can state racism is in crisis, when statistics show that it is not.
    the opportunities for all, and the lack of discrimination are prevalent more in our society today than at any time in our nation’s past, let alone our county’s.
    I urge our leaders to educate themselves in this matter, and avoid knee-jerk reactions based on emotions, rioting, and outright lies.
    Prove me wrong

  4. William Tuck says:

    I’m confused about the right way to treat and accept other races. I have had Black people try to insult me and start fights. So I now try to avoid them? I’m a white person.

  5. Kevin Mahany says:

    I applaud the county for adding equity as a new CVS element.

    I believe we are mature enough to look at how we invest our resources,,,,,, and challenge ourselves and our residents…….. that we can better serve our communities. Could I urge us inviting youth to play a role in this CVS equity element.

  6. Eric says:

    Can anyone on this board name a single thing that a non-white person cannot do because of their race in this country? What are the proposed solutions? MORE race based hiring quotas that discriminate against whites? How is this equal in anyway ?

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