Testimony Needed on HB 2337: Racism Is a Public Health Crisis


Over the past several months, the Oregon Public Health Association (OPHA) has convened a task force of mostly Black, Indigenous, Tribal, and People of Color (BIPOC) -led organizations and community leaders to develop HB 2337 to declare racism a public health crisis. HB 2337 has a hearing in the House Committee on Rules tomorrow (Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 1:00 PM.)  

We encourage you to contact the chairs of the House Committee on Rules to let these legislators know that HB 2337 is an important piece of public health legislation. Racism is the underlying driver of many health disparities, and no institution or system that impacts the social determinants of health is exempt from the oppressive history and current-day reality of racism. HB 2337 begins the work of acknowledging Oregon's racist history and contemporary inequities and makes resource investments to address health inequities among BIPOC communities in Oregon.

This template provides the appropriate format for testimony, suggestions on how to personalize your testimony, and multiple talking points to consider including. You can provide testimony either in writing only or you can sign up to give testimony virtually to the House Committee on Rules. Virtual testimony requires advance registration. Sign up to give virtual testimony or do so by phone at 833-588-4500.

Or, submit written testimony to the House Committee on Rules. Select “House Committee on Rules” and the meeting date “3/23/2021 1:00 PM” if not already selected. Written testimony can be typed into the text box or a PDF can be uploaded.  

Additional resources and actions:



    1. Use this constituent guide to reach out to your legislators and let them know you that support HB 2337.


  • Sign a petition from Leslie Gregory from Right to Health to declare racism a crisis nationally.


Thank you for taking action on the public health crisis of racism.