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Racial Health Disparities, Prejudice and Violence

Background

Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, are among those in the United States subject to health care disparities and social drivers of health that has an immense negative impact on their health. Further, even when controlling for issues with access to care these populations tend to receive poorer quality care. We know that prejudice, discrimination, and violence disproportionately harm the health and well-being of many different racial and ethnic communities. ACP offers a comprehensive policy framework that recognizes and confronts the many elements of U.S. society, some of which are intertwined and compounding, that contribute to poorer health outcomes, in education, in law enforcement and in criminal justice. ACP also proposes policies that confront the challenges disproportionately affecting communities and individuals at greatest risk.

Where We Stand

The 鶹ֱapp is committed to combatting racial disparities that affect health and health care. This includes fighting the prejudice at the root of the problem, as well as the discrimination, inequities, violence and hate crimes that result from that prejudice. Racial disparities, discrimination, harassment and violence are public health issues. Evidence-based solutions are needed to combat the stressors that disproportionately harm racial and ethnic communities.

ADVOCACY SPOTLIGHT

The 鶹ֱapp (ACP) believes racism, racial disparities, discrimination, harassment and violence are all public health issues. to being an anti-racist, diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization.

  • In this policy paper ACP lays out a framework that confronts the various, interconnected, and compounding aspects of U.S. society that contribute to poorer health outcomes for persons based on their race, ethnicity, religious, and/or cultural identities.
  • ACP offers recommendations to create safe, inclusive, and supportive educational and workplace environments; to promote the diverse medical school bodies and workforces; and to support, fund, and strengthen education at all levels.
  • ACP makes recommendations to address disparities in coverage, access, and quality of care for racial and ethnic minorities, including expanding Medicaid and insurance marketplace subsidies, funding translation and patient navigator services, and supporting programs that place physicians in underserved communities.
  • ACP calls for changes to criminal justice and law enforcement policies and practices that result in racial and ethnic disparities in interactions, sentencing, and incarceration and disproportionate harm to these communities.
  • Policy 2020
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  • Policy 2018
  • Policy 2017
  • Policy 2010

President's Message by Ryan D. Mire, MD, FACP and Past-President George M. Abraham, MD, MPH, MACP

Published in ACP Internist

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Videos

I Cannot Be What I Cannot See: Time To Unleash A JEDI Healthcare Environment
A presentation by ACP Executive Vice President and CEO, Darilyn V. Moyer, MD, FACP, FRCP, FIDSA, describing actionable interventions to work towards achieving gender equity at the micro and macro levels for all underrepresented groups in healthcare.


ACP Board of Regents member, Ryan D. Mire, MD, FACP, provides a detailed history of medical education for Black physicians in the United States and the racial disparities physicians faced throughout several important time periods.


ACP recognizes that discrimination, racism, harassment, and violence against individuals on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, or country of origin is a public health issue.  View this related Chapter Leader session that includes multiple learning modalities.


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