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Economic injustice and racial inequity have a direct impact on community health

People of color are disproportionately affected by poverty and income inequality, and are more likely to live in poor quality housing and lack access to health care. These disparities have been linked to poor health outcomes, including higher rates of chronic disease, infant mortality, and mental health issues. Racial disparities in income and wealth also lead to an unequal distribution of resources. People of color are more likely to live in under-resourced neighborhoods, and are less likely to have access to healthy foods, safe playgrounds, and quality schools. This can limit educational and employment opportunities, further widening the economic gap between racial and ethnic groups.

The consequences of economic injustice and racial inequality are far-reaching and can have a long-term impact on community health. People living in poverty are more likely to suffer from preventable health conditions, such as obesity and diabetes, due to limited access to healthy food and lack of access to preventive health care. They are also more likely to experience mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety, as a result of social and economic stressors.

Median wealth by race USA graph

It is imperative that we address the root causes of economic injustice and racial inequality in order to improve community health. This includes increasing access to quality health care, increasing access to healthy foods and safe places to play and exercise, and increasing access to educational and employment opportunities.

Ultimately, addressing economic injustice and racial inequality is essential for creating equitable and healthy communities. When everyone has equitable access to resources, they are more likely to be healthy and successful. We all have a role to play in creating equitable and just communities and it starts with understanding the root of the problem and taking steps to create lasting change.


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