August 31, 2020
Studies have shown that racism makes people more vulnerable to common colds, obesity and higher rates of cancer. Black women are up to four times more likely to die of pregnancy-related complications than white women. According to most recent CDC data, for every 1,000 live births, 4.8 white infants die before their first birthday. But for Black babies, that number is 11.7. The average life expectancy of Blacks is four years lower than the rest of the U.S. population.
The cause cited by many is racial inequities in health care.
The American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Emergency Physicians have all declared institutional racism an urgent public health issue. Dr. Igda Martinez, clinical psychologist and director of behavioral health at The Floating Hospital in New York City, welcomes the declarations but warns that fixing the problems will take time.
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