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WEEK 4: PUBLIC HEALTH

TODAY'S CHALLENGE: RACISM AND TOXIC STRESS


“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and inhuman.”
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Welcome to the last week of the 21 Day Racial Equity and social justice challenge. People of color suffer worse health outcomes than white people, even when controlling for income and other factors. Learn why these disparities aren't about race, but racism. Today we are talking about the impact of toxic stress caused by daily exposure to discrimination on the health of people of color.
 
WE CHALLENGE YOU TO TAKE...
Watch this TED Talk about how research has found that higher levels of discrimination are associated with a broad range of negative health outcomes such as obesity, high blood pressure, breast cancer, heart disease, and early death.
WATCH
Listen to this podcast about the effect of chronic stress from frequent racist encounters on the health outcomes of people of color. The article also features a case study on how a large scale ICE raid in Iowa impacted the health of pregnant Latinx women across the state.
LISTEN
Read this article about how the mental burdens of bias, trauma, and family hardship lead to unequal life outcomes for girls and women and girls and women of color in particular.
READ
PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK ACTION ALERT

Washington State's Hispanic/Latinx infants have the country's lowest mortality rate, which is something to celebrate. However, babies of other minority groups fare worse compared to other nearby states. And compared to similarly industrialized nations, the state's overall infant mortality rate (and rates for the entire U.S.) could stand to improve (see p.17).

LEVEL 2: Talk to your company/organization's HR department about their parental leave policy and other systems in place to support new parents.

LEVEL 3: Write a letter to your local elected officials urging them to declare racism a public health crisis.
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