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By Joshua Eferighe, BET News

The declaration is to combat discrimination and racism in New York’s healthcare system.

Racism is now a public health crisis in New York.

The declaration is a part of a series of measures signed last week (December 23) by Governor Kathy Hochul in an effort to address the inequities in New York’s healthcare system, which have been magnified during the pandemic.

On Dec. 5th, the New York City Police Department released data that found that hate crimes were up 100% year-over-year, including a 361% increase in anti-Asian hate crime incidents.

One of the measures that were signed addresses the medical biases impacting newborns and their mothers of color, where the maternal mortality rate for Black mothers is the highest rate in the U.S.

According to studies, Black mothers are eight times more likely to die from a pregnancy-related cause than white mothers.

In addition, Hochul presented a bill to redefine hate crimes with the goal to reform the process in which law enforcement collects and reports the demographic data of hate crime victims and perpetrators. The bill also requires certain state organizations to report their demographic data specifically with regards to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Another measure that was signed also mandates that the New York State Office of Technology Services are to help state agencies improve their language translation technology. With more than 700 languages and dialects spoken in New York City, the lack of language translation services has impacted residents’ abilities to vote and protect themselves against Covid-19.

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