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    Posted March 31, 2012 by
    katellington
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    One year since Trayvon Martin's death

    katellington and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: Trayvon Martin shooting
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    Hoodies & Health

     
    A national community response of a million hoodies speaks not only to the injustice of Trayvonmany families and communities have such experiences with these tragic injustices.

    We all know that a gunshot wound is a medical emergency. Hospital staff see first hand the prevalence of injury and violence in communities. And funeral directors hold the statistics of mortality for far too many black men and boys. The incidence of disease caused by a perpetual environment where such tragedies persist is another matter. As a health advocate I know discrimination becomes a stress mediator for spikes in persistent high blood pressures in adults and young people and so cardiovascular health is at risk and mental health is so vulnerable. While many will take to the streets with their hoodies, here's my commentary with a few actionable steps to join the cause for justice and engage in healing practices.
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