Pew Charitable Trusts December 8, 2021
Kathy Talkington

New report outlines roadmap to shrink inequities

We all deserve to lead healthy lives, but many factors that affect our well-being are beyond our control. Biased systems and policies deny people access to clean air and waterlivable wageshealth care, and other basic needs—and, as a result, health inequities emerge. 

For example, COVID-19 is at least twice as likely to kill Black, Hispanic, and Native Americans and nearly three times as likely to hospitalize them as White people the same age partly because of where people in these communities work and live. Inequities also affect veteranspeople with disabilitiesAmericans who live in rural areas, people who identify as LGBTQ+, and others. This violates a core mission of public health professionals: to create conditions that give all people the opportunity to achieve their...

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