In this edition of “What They’re Watching,” the editor-in-chief of Health Affairs, Alan Weil, discusses the work to demonstrate the link between healthcare outcomes and race. Interviewed at last year’s Maryland conference, Weil talked about how finding evidence that race impacts health outcomes has proven more challenging than finding data to inform other areas of healthcare policy.
“Like anything else in health or medicine, if you don’t know the origins or the causes, it’s very hard to come up with a solution. So we’re learning about the ties and relationship between racism and health.”
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He added that racism intersects with various other social determinants of health, including gender identity, disability, and sexual orientation, and thus these all need to be collectively considered when addressing health disparities.