Sumary of AHA News: Want to Help Fight for Health Justice? It May Be Time to Listen:
- TUESDAY, April 6, 2021 (American Heart Association News) — A pandemic, protests and politics have highlighted the nation’s long-standing, deep-seated racial issues and how they affect the health of millions of Americans..
- said Judy Lubin, president of the Center for Urban and Racial Equity, a social change consulting group in Washington, D.C..
- But COVID-19, which has disproportionately affected Black, Hispanic, American Indian and Asian communities, has helped move the conversation about race and health to the medical profession’s highest levels..
- Well-established groups such as the American Medical Association and the American Heart Association have denounced structural racism..
- For example, while overall death rates from heart disease and stroke declined over the past two decades until a recent plateau, these gains were not equitably shared among people who are from the Black, Asian, American Indian, or Hispanic and Latino communities..
- Black adults experience a 30% higher death rate from heart disease and a 70% higher death rate from stroke compared with their white peers, according to the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data from 2018..
- After a cardiac arrest, Black and Hispanic patients experience significantly lower survival to hospital discharge than white patients, even when controlling for socioeconomic status..
- “It’s important that those of us who are outside of those groups that are directly affected are standing up and speaking loudly,”…