The effects of racial and social inequality on health care


During the last two decades, the higher mortality rate among […]

During the last two decades, the higher mortality rate among Black Americans resulted in more than 1.6 million premature deaths compared to the White population. Join Washington Post Live for conversations with assistant secretary for health Rachel L. Levine and top experts about the medical toll of racial inequality and ways to address disparities in health care.

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“The politically and ideologically motivated laws and actions are harming youth, particularly transgender youth, their families, and event heir providers who are under siege in many parts of this country. And they’re really interfering with the relationship between expert physicians for instance at children’s hospitals, these young people, and their families.” – Assistant Secretary for Health Rachel Levine (Video: Washington Post Live)

“Lack of will to act. It’s political. When you look at the Affordable Care Act, it expanded Medicaid eligibility, but it left open the option for states to decide whether to expand or not. And when you look at the states that did not expand, they are the states with the largest Black population.” – Thomas LaVeist (Video: Washington Post Live)

“People love us when we’re pregnant. And then we’re discharged and we’re often left on our own. And we know that this is the most critical component where most maternal deaths are happening.” – Natalie Hernandez (Video: Washington Post Live)

“What weathering is that Black people… experience racism sometimes every day that they’re on this earth, especially living in what we call a racialized society, when you’re treated differently base d on how you show up and how you appear in this world. And so what that does over time is just chronic stress.” – Kortney James (Video: Washington Post Live)

“People do not want to go to the hospital. They do not. They feel like ‘if I go there, something bad is going to happen, people aren’t going to hear me, they aren’t going to see me., they aren’t going to care for me.’ So how do we restructure those systems?… Black women, especially Black midwives… do the work and have great outcomes and the healthcare system, the medical system should learn from midwives.” – Kortney James (Video: Washington Post Live)

Assistant Secretary for Health, Department of Health and Human Services

Dean, School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine, Tulane University

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, National Clinician Scholars Program, UCLA

Executive Director, Center for Maternal Health Equity, Morehouse School of Medicine

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(Video: Washington Post Live)

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