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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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Why some Black Americans are deciding to sit the trial out — and with it the painful reliving of George Floyd’s final moments.
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Week of going door to door in Newark had led nowhere. Then, little by little, a reporter found his way into the story.
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While reporting on recent incidents of violence against Asian Americans, reporters need to ensure there is context about the systemic racism this community has faced since the beginning of the country.
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The Equality Act would give people like me access to the same services so many others take for granted. That can save lives.
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A survey of Californians sheds new light on how the pandemic is shifting attitudes.
By Allissa V. Richardson
How the poet laureate’s rise illuminates a lasting heritage of Black women’s activism — and why journalists should tell their stories
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Asian American students are organizing and speaking out through the “Virus: Racism” campaign.
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“There’s so many aspects of services that failed people that shouldn’t have,” said Marselles Coe of San Antonio, who depends on dialysis treatments.
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Addressing the long-standing divide between Black Americans and the medical community.
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If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught me anything, it’s that the U.S. has a complicated relationship with chronic disease.



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