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Inequality and African-American Health: How Racial Disparities Create Sickness

Shirley A. Hill


Institutionalized racism adversely affects the health of African Americans, and it operates through multiple institutions, e.g., the medical system, the criminal justice system, and families. This book looks at the historic origins of the black health deficit and how it is perpetuated by health policies and interactions. High rates of poverty, joblessness, and neighbourhood segregation also foster poor health among black people, and are associated with a range of health issues. These social conditions are related to illicit drug use and mass incarceration, both of which have significant health ... More

Keywords: African Americans, health, families, health deficit, social conditions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781447322818
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447322818.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shirley A. Hill, author
University of Kansas