Steps Black Patients Can Take to Survive the U.S. Healthcare System

Maternal mortality is only one facet of a larger issue around Black people receiving quality healthcare in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, centuries of racism has had a “profound and negative impact on communities of color,” leading to vast inequities across a range of social and economic factors and significant risk for poor health outcomes.

“Systemic racism, inherent biases, and healthcare disparities create a bleak situation for Black people,” says Lisa Mallory, executive director of the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE).

“Receiving equitable medical care for us can be an uphill battle, no matter who you are or where you come from.”

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