Nationwide Children’s Hospital, along with many other health care and government organizations, has declared racism a “public health crisis.” But what exactly does that mean?
Nationwide Children’s Chief Equity and Diversity Officer, Dr. Olivia Thomas, writes in a blog post for families:
“(a)t its simplest, it means that racism makes health significantly worse for entire populations of people. That’s true even taking into account a person’s biology, diet and activities. Decades of medical and scientific studies have shown that health outcomes are worse for Black people, even if they have the same basic underlying health. Why? It’s not because of skin color; it’s because of the way people have been treated as a result of their skin color. . .”