Fall 2022Structural Racism
How structural racism affects health—and what people are doing about it.
Reparations will save Black lives
Mary Bassett, New York state health commissioner, examines the close ties between wealth and health in America. It's time, she says, for the U.S. government to pay its debt to Black Americans.
Metcalfe Park: Inside structural racism’s invisible net
Living in Milwaukee’s Metcalfe Park neighborhood is bad for your health. It’s nobody’s fault—and everyone’s.
Lead poisoning is a crisis for Syracuse’s Black families
Syracuse’s lead problem isn’t new. A legacy of redlining, poverty, and white flight has left Black families scrambling for safe housing. Most make do with houses that are not.
Resolving health disparities in NYC starts with data
New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene began anti-racist work by establishing metrics.
Taking steps toward anti-racist healthcare
Across the U.S., efforts are being made to increase equity and reduce bias in the practice of health.
What science tells us about structural racism’s health impact
Research has established a clear, ongoing connection between systemic bias and health disparities.
The long, low echo of apartheid in South Africa
In South Africa, persistent bias in medical schools and health care means your health is still worse if you’re Black. Because you’re Black.
Kansas City and the case for restitutional medicine
How one U.S. city is approaching a way to redress structural racism and boost community health.
From the school
Revisiting the ‘Unequal Treatment’ report, 20 years later
Two decades ago, a landmark report called out racism in health care, indelibly changing the public health landscape. There is much more work to be done.
Changing health equity at Mass General Brigham and beyond
Tom Sequist, MPH ’04, is leading equity-based changes at Boston’s Mass General Brigham health care system.
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