Rae Ellen Bichell

Race Is Often Used as Medical Shorthand for How Bodies Work. Some Doctors Want to Change That.

KHN Original

Physicians have long believed it’s good medicine to consider race in health care. But recently, rather than perpetuate the myth that race governs how bodies function, a more nuanced approach has emerged: acknowledging that racial health disparities often reflect the effects of generations of systemic racism, such as lack of access to stable housing or nutritious food.