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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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President Biden signs a hate crime law to stem violence against Asian Americans. Now state legislators must act to end rampant discrimination and protect health and safety.
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Dr. Cheryl Woods Giscombe discusses how Black women experience stress, and how it may be impacting their health during the pandemic.
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My family was fortunate, but other medically fragile people were not able to isolate or protect themselves, and it cost them their lives.
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A family dreams of hot pot and a better future in a small crowded one-room SRO in San Francisco.
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Black girls in the United States have long been denied the vulnerability and protection usually afforded children.
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“I started out as a proselytizer. But I saw how my conversations hinged on my power as a white woman, a doctor and an employer.”
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Why Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of APHA, thinks enacting vaccine passports right now could be a "slippery slope" that exacerbates inequities.
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"As the virus spread and Pacific Islander advocates rushed to help their communities, several told me they felt abandoned by the state."
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COVID-19 forced accommodations that activists have long demanded. “I am terrified these changes will vanish once the virus is under control.”
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How she structures her reporting to create sweeping accounts of personal turmoil and overarching revelations about systems of power and their impacts on our lives.

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