The COVID-19 pandemic laid naked long-standing racial and ethnic well being inequities and disparities throughout America, together with in Massachusetts. Black and Hispanic individuals in Massachusetts have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 relative to white and Asian individuals. Particularly, they’ve been two to a few occasions extra prone to contract COVID-19, twice as prone to be hospitalized for it, and thrice extra prone to die from it than had been white and Asian individuals of comparable age. On a nationwide stage, the affect of the pandemic has had a equally adversarial affect on the lives of Black and Hispanic individuals. The pandemic was singularly chargeable for eliminating the nation’s progress since 2010 in decreasing the life expectancy hole between Black and white individuals.
The basis causes of well being inequities amongst racial and ethnic teams in Massachusetts and nationally, exemplified by the pandemic expertise however not restricted to it, are multifactorial, complicated and chronic. Structural racism is historic and pervasive by our society and social methods. America’s well being care system itself has a historical past of racism that should be acknowledged and addressed to be able to higher perceive current well being inequities, ensuing disparities in well being outcomes, and the continued mistrust that folks of shade have towards its diagnoses and coverings. Structural racism and obstacles to accessing health-determining and well being care assets result in direct adversarial well being impacts and outcomes for individuals of shade.
In a brand new primer on well being disparities in Massachusetts, ready for the Blue Cross Blue Defend of Massachusetts Basis, Manatt Well being offers a foundational useful resource to broaden the collective understanding of racial and ethnic well being inequities and disparities within the commonwealth. The primer presents a data-informed reflection of the racial and ethnic well being inequities and disparities Massachusetts residents confront at this time.
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