WASHINGTON D.C. (trfnews.i234.me) From birth to death, blacks fare worse than whites in health, according to a study by the Associated Press.
Black Americans face significant health disparities compared to their white counterparts throughout their lives, from higher rates of infant and maternal mortality to greater incidence of asthma during childhood, more difficulty treating mental health as teenagers, and higher rates of high blood pressure, Alzheimer’s disease, and other illnesses. The Associated Press spent the last year exploring how the legacy of race in America has laid the foundation for these health inequities.
The AP’s reporting found that some of the disparities in health outcomes can be attributed to systemic racism that has led to social and economic disadvantages for black Americans, such as limited access to quality healthcare, healthy food, safe neighborhoods, and good jobs. Additionally, the experience of racism and discrimination can cause chronic stress, which can contribute to poor health outcomes.
The COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted these disparities, with black Americans dying from the virus at higher rates than white Americans. The AP’s report underscores the urgent need for policymakers to address the root causes of these inequities and work to create a more just and equitable healthcare system that serves all Americans.
– Black Americans face significant health disparities throughout their lives compared to white Americans
– Systemic racism, limited access to quality healthcare, and chronic stress contribute to poor health outcomes
– COVID-19 has further highlighted these disparities
– Policymakers must address the root causes of these inequities to create a more just and equitable healthcare system.