Hospital Group Outlines Strategy to Combat Structural Racism in Healthcare
Structural racism is a widespread public health threat
Structural racism is a widespread public health threat. Kaiser Family Foundation data showed that before the COVID-19 pandemic, people of color fared worse than white people across several health measures, including infant mortality, pregnancy-related deaths, prevalence of chronic conditions, and overall physical and mental health status.
The COVID-19 public health emergency further brought racial disparities in healthcare to light, as people of color have died from the virus at a higher rate than white people nationwide.
The disproportionate impact of the pandemic on people of color, as well as the killings of George Floyd and other Black victims of police violence, prompted the healthcare industry to re-examine its efforts to combat this public health threat.
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