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YWCA York launches racial healing initiative: What this means for York County

Tina Locurto
York Dispatch

Several YWCA organizations in Pennsylvania are launching a new racial healing initiative, including for the nonprofit in York County.

“There are obvious connections between the trauma of racism and both physical and mental health,” YWCA York CEO Jean Treuthart said in a news release. "It’s important to address racial injustice in our communities and develop public policies to advance equity.”

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The initiative, starting in May, will create new conversations in York County and invites the public to participate, according to the release.

"The collaborative is calling on individuals, institutions, and organizations to recognize racism as a public health crisis in a first step toward healing," the release states.

Individuals interested in learning more about the initiative or who want to give time, talent or financial support can email

Chief Development Officer Katie Harlin, left, and Chief Executive Officer Jean Treuthart are shown with signage which both promotes the capital fundraising campaign and acknowledges donors at YWCA York in York City, Friday, July 9, 2021. Dawn J. Sagert photo

By partnering with organizations and residents across York County, YWCA York can work to mitigate the lasting effects of racism and racial trauma in marginalized and underserved communities, according to the release.

Other participating YWCA organizations include those in greater Pittsburgh, the Tri-County Area and Lancaster County.

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