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KCRW-FM interviewed Dr. Chandra Ford, Fielding School professor of community health sciences and founding director of FSPH's Center for the Study of Racism, Social Justice & Health, about how the public health care system can build trust among Black Americans.
If it wasn’t obvious before, COVID-19 has made it crystal clear: Deep racial disparities result in varying medical outcomes. In Southern California, people of color are more likely to die from the virus than white people, and they’re less likely to be vaccinated too. Surveys have also found that 70% of Black Americans believe people are treated unfairly based on race or ethnicity when they need medical care.
Dr. Chandra Ford is a professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at UCLA, and director of the Center for the Study of Racism, Social Justice and Health at UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health. She says thousands of studies have linked racial injustice and poor health, and it’s time to do more to address the disparities.
KCRW: You've said racism is a public health issue. What do you mean by that?