Why does racial inequity in health persist?

Richard David*, James W. Collins

*Corresponding author for this work

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Attempts over decades have failed to eliminate the glaring inequity in birth outcomes between Americans of different races. We propose broadening the approach to dealing with racial health inequity by considering the interplay of race and class in the politics of the United States. This approach, combined with a grasp of the historical roots of race relations in North America, could hold the promise of improving our country’s abysmal showing in international comparisons of population health indicators, including birth outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Perinatology
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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