All articles related to "health disparities":

Exploring the societal systems behind health inequities

Racism, sexism, heterosexism, and gender binarism (the idea that there are only two genders) can lead to health inequities. A new paper from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Nancy Krieger offered concepts and methods for characterizing these “isms” and measuring…

Study: Widely used health care algorithm has racial bias

Significant racial bias has been found in an algorithm that helps hospital networks determine which patients may need further care, with whites favored over blacks, a new study found. In an algorithm from the health services company Optum, health costs were used…

Gina McCarthy speaks out during Climate Week

During Climate Week 2019, Gina McCarthy of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health was featured in numerous media outlets discussing the urgency of fighting climate change. McCarthy, EPA administrator under President Obama and now director of the Center for Climate, Health,…

‘Epidemiology that matters’

Sandro Galea, dean and Robert A. Knox Professor at Boston University School of Public Health, outlined for a Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health audience what he sees as the current state of the epidemiology field, and challenged students in the…

Why black women face a high risk of pregnancy complications

Black women are three to four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications than white women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—and a big reason for the disparity may be racism, say experts. “It’s basically a public health…