Alliance Member CEO Asks All to Treat Prejudice as Trauma

In a display of concern and compassion for his clients and neighbors, Russell King, president and CEO of Alliance member Family Service Madison, Wisconsin, wrote several heartfelt commentaries for Huffington Post that do not shy away from difficult subjects. Over the next several weeks I look forward to featuring a few of his posts in this blog.

I hope to continue the practice. Please send me any blog posts or commentaries that you would like featured in the CEO Blog, as this network has within it a wealth of expertise that is displayed with a level of empathy that cannot be matched. I look forward to hearing from you.

Russell’s first post is on institutional racism and individual bigotry, and how the result of conflict between dominant groups and minority groups kills due to stress responses that accrue over time. Russell discusses the psychological and physical traumas, as well as how health care is diminished by prejudice. He then calls for us to stop denying that prejudice is a problem.

His points are also clearly covered in "Investing in the Health and Well-Being of Young Adults," published by the National Academy of Sciences, which covers the effects of bias and discrimination on young adults’ health and well-being. In “The Health Outcomes of a Racist Society,” by Dr. Mikhail Lyubansky in Psychology Today provides a detailed overview of the effects of segregation on health for certain races.

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