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The Health Divide

The Health Divide explores the ways in which persistent disparities and inequities shape health in this country, with a focus on the role played by social factors outside of the doctor’s office. We look at the conditions where people live and work, and the influence of race, class and immigration status. We look at the health care policy landscape and efforts to close the gap between the haves and have nots when it comes to inequitable access and treatment in health care. The Health Divide explores the role of systemic racism and police violence as well as community safety and how such conditions can contribute to toxic stress and illness. Such factors can have an outsize role in determining individual and community well-being, influencing how long we live and the quality of our lives. We highlight great work around these themes in the journalism and policy sphere, and encourage our readers to weigh in with ideas.

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Even when sick, immigrant workers often feel like they have no choice but to show up at the job — they have to work to survive.
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A scholar-activist explains how she forced the system to be more transparent and accountable.
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"As a black man from the South, my body bears proof of white supremacy’s persistence and limitations," writes author and Center for Health Journalism Fellow Issac Bailey in his new book.
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A focus on these three key areas could go a long way toward achieving health equity.
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People of color are more likely to get sick and die from coronavirus. Will taking part in mass protests increase their risk — or force the nation to address bias and inequities that endanger Black lives?
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The ugly history of clandestine experiments and abuse of Black patients casts a long shadow.
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The patient was near death. The physician almost missed it — and warns problems like this will grow as the nation expands telehealth without improving access to technology.
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A public health expert understands the pressure to play: “My college dreams were unlikely without sports.” But he calls on schools to cancel the season and honor scholarships.
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When journalists tell the stories police feed them, without question, they amplify bias, stereotypes and fear.
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Public officials come under fire for budgets that prioritize law enforcement and shortchange community health and safety.

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