black-health-issues

COMMENTARY

It’s past time to make critical investments in public health for communities of color | Opinion

BY: - September 21, 2021

Seventy-eight percent of all COVID-19 cases where patients were hospitalized, needed a ventilator, or died from COVID-19 were in relation to obesity or obesity-related diseases. This directly impacts the Black population, who are 1.3 times more likely to have obesity in comparison to the Non-Hispanic White population.

COMMENTARY

Nothing but racism explains Black women’s higher rate of horrible birth stories | Jarvis DeBerry

BY: - May 8, 2021

Focus on what that says about White providers. If we assume they’re no less competent than Black providers, what — other than racism — explains more Black babies dying on their watch?

‘The system denies our humanity’: Congressional panel hears heartbreaking stories of Black maternal deaths, pregnancy complications, racism

BY: - May 8, 2021

Black birthing people are three times more likely to experience pregnancy-related death when compared to their white counterparts.

COMMENTARY

Many Black Americans aren’t rushing to get the COVID-19 vaccine. A long history of medical abuse suggests why | Opinion

BY: - February 28, 2021

Though COVID-19 has killed Black Americans at nearly twice the rate as white people, Blacks are the racial group least enthusiastic to get the vaccine.

COMMENTARY

How racism in the U.S. health system hinders care and costs lives of African Americans | Analysis

BY: - June 30, 2020

In Michigan, African Americans are only 14% of the population, but account for one-third of the state’s COVID-19 cases and 40% of its deaths.

COMMENTARY

The pandemic put the focus on racial health disparities. The protests can keep it there | Ray E. Landis

BY: - June 14, 2020

The marches give us a chance to address other inequities in our society and how these disparities impact the lives of the people of our commonwealth.