TFAH’s President and CEO Dr. Gracia Discusses the Significance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day & National Day of Racial Healing


(Washington, DC – January 15, 2024) – This week TFAH’s President and CEO, Dr. J. Nadine Gracia and Director of Strategic Communications and Policy Research Rhea Farberman discussed the significance of two important observances, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the National Day of Racial Healing. The conversation focused on the intersections between Dr. King’s mission to advance social justice and TFAH’s work to promote optimal health. Also discussed were the ways in which structural racism creates barriers to good health for many people of color and the policy actions needed to dismantle those barriers.

“What we know, especially in thinking about this in terms of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the National Day of Racial Healing, is that for too many people of color and communities of color there has been, over many decades, a disadvantage in terms of access to health promoting resources.”

“We have to act with a sense of urgency because the health, well-being and prosperity of our nation depends on it.  That’s the call that I believe Dr. King would challenge us to continue, to strive for and not relent.  That’s his legacy to us, to ensure that everyone us the opportunity to reach their full potential for health.”

Dr. J. Nadine Gracia
President and CEO
Trust for America’s Health

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