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Health Disparities & Health Equity

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  • COVID-19 May Not Discriminate Based on Race -- But U.S. Health Care Does 6 mins. Health officials have stressed that novel coronavirus doesn’t discriminate based on race or ethnicity. But disparities long present in the U.S. medical system are now driving what some call a crisis within a crisis: black and brown communities across the country are being hit harder, and with fewer resources to save them. Amna Nawaz talks to Dr. Uché Blackstock of Advancing Health Equity.
  • Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity 75 mins. "In the U.S., race --more than any other demographic factor-- determines levels of individual educational achievement, health and life expectancy, possibility of incarceration, and wealth. This film reveals a self-perpetuating system of inequity in which internal factors play out in external structures: institutions, policy and law. Designed for dialogue and learning, Cracking the codes : the system of racial inequity works to disentangle internal beliefs within, as it builds skills to recognize and address the external drivers of inequity" Available in Swirbul Library: DVD E184.A1 C73 2012
  • Global  Health and Social Justice Discussion: Meet the Founders of Partners In Health 81 mins. Dedicated to providing health care for the world’s most vulnerable populations to combat the global spread of infectious disease, Partners In Health is actively involved in finding community solutions to the current pandemic. This live event provided an opportunity for deeper awareness of how socio-economic inequality results in health and medical inequities, contributing to the spread of disease among the resource-poor populations. Those who attended left empowered to look at these issues in their own communities and inspired to develop strategies to advocate for our most vulnerable neighbors.
  • Racial Disparities in Healthcare are Pervasive 6 mins. Study after study affirms that doctors treat their patients differently, depending on the patient's race. Minority patients get different diagnoses, different treatments, and are often subject to being stereotyped by their physicians.



  • Unnatural causes: is inequality making us sick? 7 videos, 236 mins. A seven-part documentary series arguing that "health and longevity are correlated with socioeconomic status; people of color face an additional health burden, and our health and well-being are tied to policies that promote economic and social justice. Each of the half-hour program segments, set in different racial/ethnic communities, provides a deeper exploration of the ways in which social conditions affect population health and how some communities are extending their lives by improving them"
  • What is Health Equity? 4 mins. Health equity is a public health approach that tackles health differences that are avoidable, unnecessary and unjust, and works to improve everyone’s health. Learn how in this second episode of the "That's Public Health" web series from the American Public Health Association. and Complexly.