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Is Racism A Public Health Problem?

Christine Bechtel

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Dr. Rebecca S. Etz, an associate professor of family medicine and population health at Virginia Commonwealth University and co-director of the Larry A. Green Center; and Christine Bechtel, a patient advocate and co-founder of X4 Health

A recent study by the Larry A. Green Center revealed that 86% of primary care patients believe racism is impacting their physical, psychological and/or emotional health. The study which reached a nationally representative sample of more than 1,100 primary care patients, along with a companion study of 600 clinicians, revealed both patients and care providers view racism as a public health issue.

Etz and Bechtel talk about the Green study, how the COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the health care inequities in this country, how the death of George Floyd has been a topic of conversation with patients when it comes to their health, and changing the economics of health care.

John L. Hanson is the producer and host of the nationally syndicated radio series In Black America. It’s heard on home station KUT at 10 p.m. Tuesdays and 6:30 a.m. Sundays — and weekly on close to 20 stations across the country. The weekly podcast of IBA, the only nationally broadcast Black-oriented public affairs radio program, is one of KUT’s most popular podcasts.
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