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An Important Conversation on Racism and Health

Health Affairs February edition studies damaging effects of structural racism

February 17, 2022

The February issue of Health Affairs focuses on racism and health, and the ways structural racism negatively affects health outcomes.

The issue features more than 20 peer-reviewed articles that evaluate the damaging effects of racism and systemic inequality in health care, and highlight important historical context and the need to dismantle racist systems and structures.

The publication comes as health care organizations across the country confront biases and systemic inequalities in care that have contributed to racial disparities in health outcomes.

“Our decision to publish an issue on racism arises from a strong evidence base showing that racism is a primary force underlying health inequities and our view that a focused and direct examination of racism is necessary if we are to achieve health equity,” writes Alan Weil, Health Affairs editor-in-chief.

Among the topics discussed in the issue:

The articles are available for free to access, and additional information and resources from the issue are available online

HAP and Pennsylvania’s hospital community join the nationwide effort to address racism and its detrimental effects on the health of the country. During 2022, we will accelerate our efforts to confront systemic inequality and structural racism in health care while addressing racial, cultural, and ethnic health disparities in our communities.

For more information, contact Laura Stevens Kent, HAP’s senior vice president of advocacy and external affairs, or Jennifer Jordan, vice president, regulatory advocacy.