Black Americans & Health Equity

Published on: June 23, 2021. Updated on: August 17, 2021.

About this Data Insights

Black Americans have faced an increased risk of being hospitalized and dying from COVID-19 compared to White Americans. This disproportionate burden placed a spotlight on the ongoing impact of systemic racism and long-standing inequities on the health of Black Americans. Multiple forms of economic discrimination mean that Black Americans are more likely to be overrepresented in frontline worker jobs or face unemployment while being less likely to benefit from the Paycheck Protection Program. In terms of health and health care, Black Americans have higher rates of pre-existing conditions and are more likely to face discrimination when seeking health care. This infographic highlights many of these factors and opportunities for advancing health equity.

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Air pollution & redlining:

Pre-existing conditions: CDC, analysis and infographic on risk factors

Barriers to early vaccine access:

Discriminated against by health care provider: Urban Insitute, Perceptions of Discrimination and Unfair Judgment While Seeking Health Care

Solutions for Health Equity:


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