Price calls out health department over monkeypox poster

By Josephine Peterson

1:43 PM on Sep 20, 2022 CDT

Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price condemned the health department on Tuesday for using a picture of a Black man on a poster about a monkeypox vaccination effort.

Posters in both English and Spanish on a free monkeypox pop-up clinic included an illustration of a Black man. Price called the poster “unacceptable” in the regular Dallas County Commissioners Court meeting.

“This flyer was out there, and I wanna know why this was published by health and human services,” Price said.

Health and Human Services director Dr. Philip Huang agreed that the poster needed to be removed.

“It was an error and we replaced it as soon as it became apparent,” Huang told commissioners. “As soon as we became aware of it, we pulled it.”

Marketing for the single clinic was done quickly — a day or two before — to publicize the event, Huang said.

Price asked why the poster did not include a white man, and Huang responded by saying the team did not want people to assume the virus was affecting only the white population.

“Then why didn’t you put a collective out there?” Price asked the health director.

“I totally agree. I think they were looking at a space issue,” Huang said.

Huang apologized and took responsibility for the poster.

“I’m not buying it. I got complaints. I contacted you. You didn’t even know it was out there. You said you take responsibility,” Price said to Huang.

Josephine Peterson

Josephine Peterson, Dallas County reporter. Josephine covers Dallas County. She returned to her hometown to join The Dallas Morning News in 2022 after previously working at The Tacoma News Tribune in Washington and The News Journal in Delaware. Josephine is a graduate of University of Missouri and American University. In her free time, Josephine enjoys kayaking with her dog, Dougal. @josephineDMN

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