DISCRIMINATION INFLUENCES HEALTH

An aspect of discrimination often overlooked is health. Chronic stress from discrimination in housing, employment, or poor service may negatively affect blood pressure, weight, and immune functioning among many factors. Internalized feelings may induce unhealthy behaviors. Tobacco use is 50% higher among African-Americans. Lekeisha Sumner addresses the topic in her article "The World Watches Ferguson, but Racial Discrimination Is Also a Health Issue Across the US," posted by The Conversation on 8-22-14. Among solutions she suggests training more African-Americans in the health professions.  LEARN MORE

Posted on August 27, 2014 .