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Racism as a Public Health Crisis

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Racism is a system of structuring opportunity and assigning value based on the social interpretation of how one looks. It unfairly disadvantages some individuals and communities, unfairly advantages others, and saps the strength of the whole society through the waste of human resources. Racial inequality is a persistent force that produces significant disparities in health and health care. This Research Topic offers a valuable opportunity to document the existence of health inequities stemming from structural and institutional racism.

There is growing evidence that an underlying barrier to effective research, interventions, and policies that reduce health disparities is a focus on race rather than multiple dimensions of racism. This Research Topic brings together empirical research and think-pieces in an important shift in the multi-disciplinary field of public health's path to advancing anti-racism and racial equity.

The goal of this Research topic is to delineate why and how racism drives health inequalities and provide science, interventions, and tools for ensuring optimal health and well-being for all. Additionally, also to encourage new research on forms of structural racism that may contribute to health inequities.

Manuscript submissions should focus on the unique health challenges, needs, policy options, and experiences of racial and ethnic minorities living in the United States. We encourage articles that articulate racism, forms by which racism is operating (e.g. interpersonal, institutional, or internalized), social determinants, and historical, political, and economic forces alongside creativity, resilience, and community for addressing health concerns. Areas of specific interest include solution-based strategies, policies, models of care, novel academic/community partnerships, and community-based collaborations, and more. Contributors should explicitly address all relevant social, environmental, and structural factors for which race may serve as a proxy measure. Implications for broader public policy and clinical practice and potential applications for readers should also be identified. Quantitative and qualitative research, policy analyses, program development and implementation, and program evaluation are welcome.


Keywords: Racism, Discrimination, Health Disparity, Race, Social Determinants, Inequity


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Racism is a system of structuring opportunity and assigning value based on the social interpretation of how one looks. It unfairly disadvantages some individuals and communities, unfairly advantages others, and saps the strength of the whole society through the waste of human resources. Racial inequality is a persistent force that produces significant disparities in health and health care. This Research Topic offers a valuable opportunity to document the existence of health inequities stemming from structural and institutional racism.

There is growing evidence that an underlying barrier to effective research, interventions, and policies that reduce health disparities is a focus on race rather than multiple dimensions of racism. This Research Topic brings together empirical research and think-pieces in an important shift in the multi-disciplinary field of public health's path to advancing anti-racism and racial equity.

The goal of this Research topic is to delineate why and how racism drives health inequalities and provide science, interventions, and tools for ensuring optimal health and well-being for all. Additionally, also to encourage new research on forms of structural racism that may contribute to health inequities.

Manuscript submissions should focus on the unique health challenges, needs, policy options, and experiences of racial and ethnic minorities living in the United States. We encourage articles that articulate racism, forms by which racism is operating (e.g. interpersonal, institutional, or internalized), social determinants, and historical, political, and economic forces alongside creativity, resilience, and community for addressing health concerns. Areas of specific interest include solution-based strategies, policies, models of care, novel academic/community partnerships, and community-based collaborations, and more. Contributors should explicitly address all relevant social, environmental, and structural factors for which race may serve as a proxy measure. Implications for broader public policy and clinical practice and potential applications for readers should also be identified. Quantitative and qualitative research, policy analyses, program development and implementation, and program evaluation are welcome.


Keywords: Racism, Discrimination, Health Disparity, Race, Social Determinants, Inequity


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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05 February 2021 Manuscript
05 March 2021 Manuscript Extension

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05 February 2021 Manuscript
05 March 2021 Manuscript Extension

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