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Hot Topics: Racism in Healthcare

The Issue

Racism in healthcare manifests itself in a variety of overt and covert ways, from bias in treatment regarding pain management to views on the 'seriousness' of a particular patient complaint. These biases can become institutionalized which has a major impact on the treatment prognosis, overall health, and even life expectancy for people of color.

Does Racism Play a Role in Health Inequities?
With David R. Williams, Professor of Public Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

See also the American Medical Association's statement, "Reckoning with medicine's history of racism," and Kaiser Family Foundation's "Key Data on Health and Health Care by Race and Ethnicity" report (embedded below).


Resources that Include Analysis of the Issues

COVID-19 and Racial Disparities in Treatment and Mortality

How structural racism is magnifying the public health crisis

Relevant Books

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