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Health Affairs Issue on Racism and Health Care

Posted by on February 28th, 2022 Posted in: Blog

Cover of February 2022 issue of Health AffairsThe February issue of Health Affairs, available through the Public Health Digital Library, is entirely devoted to the  critical examination of racism in health care.  

In “The Intellectual Roots Of Current Knowledge On Racism And Health: Relevance To Policy And The National Equity Discourse”,  Zambrana and Williams show how race, class, and structural racism inter-relate to affect individual and population health over the life course.

Paula A. Braveman et al.  define and explain how structural and systemic racism harm the health of people of color and society’s overall health in “Systemic And Structural Racism: Definitions, Examples, Health Damages, And Approaches To Dismantling”.

Dill and Duffy (“Structural Racism and Black Women Employments in the US Health Care Sector”) examine how structural racism and sexism shape employment for Black women in the US health care system, demonstrating Black women have the highest probability of working in the lowest-wage and most hazardous jobs.
“Sick and Tired of Being Excluded: Structural Racism in Disenfranchisement As A Threat To Population Health Equity” (Homan), finds the denial of voting rights because of a felony convictions, more prevalent for Black residents, is associated with greater depression and difficulty performing daily living activities.

The issue also provides first-person essays on experiences of underrepresented persons have in a racist health care system:  “Addressing The Interlocking Impact Of Colonialism And Racism On Filipinx/a/o American Health Inequities” Sabado-Liwag, et al.); “The Mutually Reinforcing Cycle Of Poor Data Quality And Racialized Stereotypes That Shapes Asian American Health” (Yi, et al.); and The Generational Impact Of Racism On Health: Voices From American Indian Communities, (Solomon, et al.)

Editor-in-Chief Alan Weil provides very brief summaries of articles appearing in the issue.

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