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Building Racial Equity Into the Walls of Health Policy

“As we’ve learned what public health measures are effective, which treatments move the needle on survival, and how to implement and sustain telehealth as a viable alternative to in-person care, physicians, public health experts, and policy makers have had to compress a decision-making process that can take […]

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Nonprofit and philanthropy and our bad habit of “both-siding” inequity and injustice

This piece argues that “both-siding happens because we think we’re being fair and intellectually curious and encouraging ‘diversity of perspectives,’ etc.” Rigorous debates and hearing both sides “should be designed to engage with essential truths, not to argue about whether an overwhelmingly proven fact is valid or […]

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Advancing Equity in Maternal Mental Health: Strategies for State Medicaid Program

According to the Center for Law and Social Policy, “The United States is finally reckoning with internal and external anger toward systems that promote and allow racial inequities to persist, even foment. One of the many sectors within our health care system rife with deeply rooted issues […]

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Beyond Policing

The Opportunity Agenda’s new report, Beyond Policing, reveals that calls to enact what have been considered moderate policing reforms are simply not enough to make the changes that result in true safety. Instead, the analysis shows why calls to defund the police open doors to new solutions, […]

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Unraveling complicated issues of inequality in workplaces, communities

Ada Harvey Wingfield’s new book, Flatlining: Race, Work, and Health Care in the New Economy,” takes a deep dive into the role of African American health care workers. In this interview with the Washington University in St. Louis the Source, Wingfield explains “how hospitals, clinics and other […]

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‘The direct result of racism’: COVID-19 lays bare how discrimination drives health disparities among Black people

As explained in this piece for STAT, the health inequities that Black people suffer from have long been documented. The findings “are part of a mountain of research cataloguing the complex and widespread effects that racism has on the health – and the medical care – of […]

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Why Racism, Not Race, Is a Risk Factor for Dying of COVID-19

COVID-19 is cutting a jarring and unequal path across the U.S. The disease is disproportionately killing people of color, particularly Black Americans, who have been dying at more than twice the rate of white people. The reason for these disparities is not biological but is the result […]

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Funding Racial Equity and Justice in the COVID-19 Era and Beyond

Black people and other people of color are disproportionately harmed by COVID-19. Inside Philanthropy recently covered some early funding responses in support of people who are black, Hispanic, Indigenous, or Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI). The Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (PRE) and its founder and […]

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COVID-19 & Race

“Recovery efforts that do not deliberately solve for issues facing low-income communities and communities of color only serve to reinforce existing disparities.” To address these issues, PolicyLink has put forth a Common-Sense, Street Smart Recovery – a set of principles designed to “build an inclusive economy and […]

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Coronavirus Compounds Inequality and Endangers Communities of Color

“Inequality is magnified in times of national hardship. Perhaps nowhere is this clearer than in communities of color, which have long endured inequalities across American economic, social, and civic systems. Persistent segregation has restricted tens of millions of people of color to some of the most densely […]

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