Health Disparities, Equity, and Empowerment: Transforming Black Health Outcomes


Episode Notes

Apr. 4, 2024 -- Health equity is when everyone has a fair opportunity to achieve their highest level of health. But in the United States, that’s not always the case. Today, Black Americans are more likely to die at early ages for most health issues, and young Black Americans are living with diseases that are typically more common in other races during older age. How do barriers in healthcare contribute to the current health disparities in the Black community? And how do these challenges spill over into worse health outcomes? We spoke to Georges Benjamin, MD, executive director of the American Public Health Association and one of the nation’s most influential physician leaders, about the pressing health disparities affecting the Black community today, including access to care and quality of care, the social determinants that affect health, and some of the major policy interventions that need to take place in order to achieve more equitable health outcomes.