Racism is a Public Health Crisis. Here's How to Respond.


Racial disparities in health and wellbeing are well documented. In 2003, the Institute of Medicine issued the landmark report Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Healthcare, which connected racism in mortgage lending, access to housing, employment, and criminal justice to racial health disparities. This report and the World Health Organization’s 2008 report on health equity led to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Social Determinants of Health Framework (SDOH), which recognized that racial health disparities are a result of inequalities in education, employment, healthcare, housing, and law enforcement.

Ruqaiijah Yearby, Crystal N. Lewis, Keon L. Gilbert, & Kira Banks
Data for Progress, St. Louis University, & The Justice Collaborative Institute
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