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[Correspondence] Public health must confront racism and xenophobia

We welcome Richard Horton’s call (July 1, p 14)1 for public health professionals to engage more fully and visibly in the political arena and agree that our community has paid too little attention to the “broader political influences shaping health”. This imperative underpinned the Vienna Declaration,2 issued by the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) and the Austrian Public Health Association in 2016, which was subsequently endorsed by public health organisations across Europe. The Declaration explicitly highlights the political and commercial determinants of health, calling on public health professionals to give vulnerable populations a voice and advocate for change.

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