Judy Lubin, an adjunct professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at Howard University, says that current research shows that over 50 percent of a community’s health is determined by social factors. For instance, recent studies stress that one’s neighborhood is a strong determinant of well-being. The difference in life expectancy between St. Louis’s […]
Supreme Court’s Affordable Care Act Ruling Will Help Close Racial Gaps in Health Care Coverage
The Supreme Court’s decision in the King v. Burwell decision is a victory for the millions of Americans who need financial assistance to afford health insurance coverage. As a result of the 6–3 ruling, nearly 6.4 million Americans who receive subsidies to purchase health care plans through healthcare.gov, the federal government’s health insurance marketplace (or […]
White House Panel Remarks: Fifty Years After Medicare Desegregated Hospitals, Blacks Still Fighting for Health Care Access
[Read this article on Huffington Post] The ability to access quality health care services for the majority of the black population has been largely due to federal government policies and initiatives designed to address long-standing, systemic barriers to medical care for African Americans. As part of the White House’s Black History Month panel co-hosted by […]
A Health Reform Agenda for Black America
Martin Luther King, Jr, called health inequality the “most shocking and inhumane” of all forms of inequality. As we sit at the cusp of sweeping legislative reform to fix our ailing health care system, Americans who believe in social justice and equality must stand up and support a public health insurance plan that would provide access to affordable, quality coverage for all Americans.