Racism Is a Public Health Crisis in America

August 28, 2020

In America today, structural racism affects where people live, where they go to school, their economic opportunity, their access to healthy food, their access to good healthcare, their safety, and even the quality of the air they breathe.

As a nation, we can and MUST do better.  Real change is urgently needed to bring an end to disparities in educational opportunity, in economic opportunity, in health equity, in law enforcement and policing practices, and in all forms of racial and ethnic discrimination. 

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Altarum exists to advance the health of at-risk and disenfranchised populations. Black women are three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white women. Infant mortality rates for Black children are more than two times higher than those of white children. Children growing up in communities of color are more likely to be exposed to violence and damaging levels of pollution, and less likely to have access to healthy foods and effective healthcare—contributing to poorer health over their lifetimes. And now in 2020, Black and Hispanic populations across our country have disproportionately suffered the worst consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic.

We believe that Black Lives Matter. We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Americans of all races demanding a brighter future for America—one in which opportunity, quality of life, and health isn’t governed by race or ethnicity.

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Altarum is a nonprofit organization that creates and implements solutions to advance health among vulnerable and publicly insured populations.