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SAN FRANCISCO. The Intersection of Black Lives Matter and Public Health

Watch a new video created by the San Francisco Department of Public Health about how health connects to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Public health professionals have seen disparities in health outcomes along racial and ethnic lines for decades. Data point to disparities in life expectancy, rates of new HIV diagnoses, rates of viral suppression for those who are HIV positive, rates of emergency room visits due to asthma or heart disease, among others. With the Black Lives Matter movement elevating the discussion on disparities to a national dialogue, we asked public health professionals how they can use that momentum to inform their work. Take a listen to public health and social justice professionals from the Bay Area talk about how different sectors such as the economy, transportation, housing, and food can work together and use the national conversation on disparities to address health outcomes. Featuring: -Jessica Brown, San Francisco Department of Public Health -Dr. Muntu Davis, Alameda County Health Department -Dr. Joy DeGruy, author of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome -Melissa Jones, Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative -Krystal Robinson Justice, Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative -Zachary Norris, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights -Veronica Shepard, San Francisco Department of Public Health

SAN FRANCISCO. Judge upholds SF’s pioneering law on sugary beverage ads (SF Gate)

San Francisco’s first-in-the-nation law requiring display ads for sugary drinks to carry warnings of increased risks of obesity, diabetes and tooth decay can take effect in July as scheduled, a federal judge ruled Tuesday in rejecting a challenge by the beverage industry.

“The warning required by the city ordinance is factual and accurate,” and is a “legitimate action to protect public health and safety,” said U.S. District Judge Edward Chen, who turned aside industry arguments that the advertising message is misleading and violates free speech.

The American Beverage Association, the California Retailers Association and the California State Outdoor Advertising Association sought the injunction against the requirement.

The ordinance, passed unanimously by the Board of Supervisors last year and due to take effect July 25, requires publicly displayed advertising for sugar-sweetened beverages to display a warning label that takes up 20 percent of their advertising space, attributing the message to the city. It doesn’t apply to ads in newspapers, magazines, television, menus or product labels.

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SAN FRANCISCO. San Francisco Supervisors Raise Tobacco Age to 21 (KQED, March 2016)

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Monday to raise the age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21, joining more than 120 cities across the country, including New York and Boston, in the latest tactic to reduce smoking rates.