A racial disparity in health is when people of color have a much higher risk of suffering from disease or death than white people do. Racial disparities exist in most all diseases throughout the United States – from infant mortality to diabetes to cancer. The causes of health disparities are much larger than health and health care. Racism, unemployment and lack of access to quality education, for example, all contribute to a difference in the ability for all members of our communities to gain equal access to a healthy life.


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