Racism is a “profound” and “insidious” driver of health inequalities worldwide and poses a public health threat to millions of people, according to a global review.
Racism, xenophobia and discrimination are “fundamental influences” on health globally but have been overlooked by health researchers, policymakers and practitioners, the series published in the Lancet suggests.
Inaccurate and unfounded assumptions about genetic differences between races also continue to shape health outcomes through research, policy and practice, the review of evidence and studies found.
“Racism and xenophobia exist in every modern society and have profound effects on the health of…
The failure to ensure all Americans have reliable health coverage has paved the way to inequitable access to health care. Dramatic disparities in the quality of health care, meanwhile, are tolerated.
Racial bias still affects many aspects of health care.
Many devices and treatments work less well for them.
From the earliest days of the pandemic, COVID-19 has wrought a far higher toll in communities of color than in the general population – thrusting the long-standing issue of health disparities in the U.S. into the attention of public health officials and the general public.
Dr. Rachel Hardeman hopes to inspire others to think bigger about the link, and in turn, solutions that protect both mothers and babies. It isn’t an easy mission.
The COVID-19 pandemic laid bare the racial inequities that plague American health care, with Black people dying of the disease at a rate more than double that of white people.
A century after the Tulsa Race Massacre, data show more deaths from heart and lung disease, diabetes and cancer, and lower life expectancies in the area with many Black Tulsans.
When it comes to health disparities, the U.S. is outranked only by Portugal and Chile, a new study finds.
When Covid struck and BAME patients died disproportionately, students of health inequalities were not surprised
Researchers are looking in the wrong place: White people live longer not because of their DNA but because of inequality.
Trans people’s right to exist has been challenged throughout time and across the world in multiple ways. Worldwide, trans people face disparities across many areas, including access to health care, legal support and economic security. Governments, global organizations and the legacies of colonialism also enact high levels of violence and stigma against them.
How the stress of discrimination is widening the racial health gap.
Racial differences in medical care are part of a theme experts are seeing “over and over” again.
We have long known what causes racial health gaps. They are a product of the world around us. It is an unfortunate truth that our society is structured in a way that can deny minority populations, particularly black Americans, access to the resources that generate health.
The pandemic has highlighted longstanding inequities, taking a greater toll on Black and Hispanic communities. An editorial in the journal noted that the health care system has a long history of racism. Hospitals only desegregated when they were threatened with the loss of federal funds from the Medicaid and Medicare programs, which were enacted in 1966.
“A large proportion of the disparities in sleep are really due to social and environmental factors” such as noise pollution, said Mercedes Carnethon, vice chair of preventive medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and an expert on racial disparities in cardiovascular disease.
Early on in the pandemic, PIH began working with partners in various U.S. communities, including Newark, N.J., Fulton County, Ga., the Navajo Nation and the state of Massachusetts, to train contact tracers and set up other public health interventions for America's most vulnerable. Low-income communities of color have been disproportionately hard hit throughout the pandemic — and that's made long-standing racial and ethnic health disparities glaringly obvious.
In community listening sessions, my colleagues have heard statements like: Is the government going to give us a jab in the arm and then walk away, leaving us with all these untreated illnesses? “All these untreated illnesses” are the epidemic of untreated diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and cancer that devastates majority Black and brown communities.
Medicine’s dark history helps explain why black mothers are dying at alarming rates.
Our goal, and that of every medical school, is to recruit a diverse class of talented medical students in a holistic fashion and educate them to improve the health of their patients and communities.
Fueled by the massive health disparities exposed by the coronavirus pandemic and the racial reckoning that followed the murder of George Floyd, health equity research is now in vogue.
Discrimination has ‘profound’ effect on health of disadvantaged people, says Lancet review.
From Beyoncé and Serena Williams to Kamala Harris and Michelle Obama, celebrities are using their platforms to call attention to the black maternal mortality crisis.