People of Color in communities face significant health disparities in the US and other countries due to a variety of factors including systemic racism, poverty, lack of access to healthcare, and underlying health conditions. Some examples include higher rates of:
- Chronic diseases: such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer
- Mental health issues: such as depression and anxiety
- Infant mortality: Black infants are more likely to die before their first birthday compared to white infants.
- COVID-19 mortality: Black people have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19.
Addressing these health disparities requires a comprehensive approach, including reducing racial and socio-economic inequalities, increasing access to quality healthcare, promoting healthy behaviors, and addressing the root causes of health problems in black communities.