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8 Ways Health Care Racism Is Harming Black People

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Racism, oppression and discrimination toward Black people underlies every institution in the United States, and it kills people.

The health care system — by definition designed to promote wellness — is no exception, from COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on the Black community to police brutality. The frontlines: The impact of health care racism is evident in statistics about Black health across the board: Black women are 22% more likely to die from heart disease and 71% percent more likely to die from cervical cancer than White women Black people who give birth are 243% more likely to die during pregnancy or childbirth and Black infants are twice as likely to die before they turn 1 year old compared to White people People of color

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