Denison, Columbus health department partner to examine racism

Ken Gordon
| The Columbus Dispatch

Just a few weeks into his internship with Columbus Public Health, Denison University junior Jaleel Poole spoke about his work for the health department’s Food Action Division with equal parts enthusiasm and anger.

“Racism in food distribution created food deserts,” Poole said, “and if that’s not a front-line issue, it should be. Because access to healthy food should be a basic human right, and it’s a right not everybody has in a country that is so rich and technologically advanced.”

Poole is one of three Denison students interning with Columbus Public Health as part of a new partnership between the institutions. 

It began earlier this year, after the city health department created the Center for Public Health Innovation in April to address racism as a public health issue.

Terrance Dean, Denison associate professor of Black Studies, who had recently founded the William Payne Innovation

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