What We’re Reading Now

The 2018 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation County Health Rankings are now available
You can look county-by-county across a wide variety of health-related indices. A new feature: RWJF now has a section on health equity in Colorado, wherein some indices are analyzed by race/ethnicity or place

The Equal Opportunity Project (Chetty et al)
A must read. This relates to health equity and has implications for policy and practice.

A New York Times article on maternal and infant mortality, and the stark differences between/among people of differing race/ethnic origin and why. This is really important for us to understand as it speaks to health equity, the effects of racism on health status, and trauma. It also offers some interesting approaches for remediating the effects of weathering as it relates to pregnancy and childbirth.

Here’s a teaser quote:

The reasons for the black-white divide in both infant and maternal mortality have been debated by researchers and doctors for more than two decades. But recently there has been growing acceptance of what has largely been, for the medical establishment, a shocking idea: For black women in America, an inescapable atmosphere of societal and systemic racism can create a kind of toxic physiological stress, resulting in conditions — including hypertension and pre-eclampsia — that lead directly to higher rates of infant and maternal death. And that societal racism is further expressed in a pervasive, longstanding racial bias in health care — including the dismissal of legitimate concerns and symptoms — that can help explain poor birth outcomes even in the case of black women with the most advantages.”

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