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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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The state has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the country.
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The causes of poor health aren’t always obvious or provable, and that’s where knowing your community comes in.
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Despite the attention the 2003 report garnered, the nation has failed to make significant progress in addressing health disparities, said Brian Smedley.
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Learning how to live with COVID is a huge challenge. But there’s more to consider in weighing our comfort levels than just the virus.
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The chronically ill, individuals living with disability, and those who care about them are increasingly speaking out.
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Medical schools are voicing stepped-up commitments to combatting racism and inequities. Skeptics doubt such moves will lead to meaningful change.
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A reporter knew reaching workers would be hard. It proved even harder than imagined.
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Will the country finally correct the harm borne by marginalized communities?
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The survey from RAND finds a sizeable drop in awareness from last year's highs.
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In California’s Central Valley, where Indigenous farmworkers work long shifts to put food on tables, accessing health care information can be a matter of life and death.

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