"Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and inhuman."
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Welcome to the last topic of the Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge. People of color suffer worse health outcomes than White people, even when controlling for income and other factors. Learn why these disparities aren't about race, but racism. Today we are talking about the impact of toxic stress, caused by daily exposure to discrimination, on the health of people of color.
OPTION 1: Watch this TED Talk about research that finds higher levels of discrimination are associated with a broad range of negative health outcomes such as obesity, high blood pressure, breast cancer, heart disease and early death.
OPTION 2: Listen to this podcast about the effect of chronic stress from frequent racist encounters on the health outcomes of people of color. The article also features a case study on how a large-scale ICE raid in Iowa impacted the health of pregnant Latinx women across the state.
OPTION 3: Read this article about how the mental burdens of bias, trauma and family hardship lead to unequal life outcomes for girls and women, in particular girls and women of color.
The Racial Justice and Social Equity series is hosted by Worthington Libraries and the City of Worthington Community Relations Commission. The work of the YWCA of Greater Cleveland, which developed the series' daily challenges, is gratefully acknowledged.