Population health impacts of historical injustices and structural racism

Dr. Nancy Krieger, Professor of Social Epidemiology, recently spoke with AMA Journal of Ethic’s Dr. Audiey Kao in “Embodied History, Health Justice, and COVID-19 (Part 1, Part 2)”. In the two-part interview, Dr. Krieger talks about the importance in understanding historical injustice and past racist policies that are negatively impacting health in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond .

“You can’t start to think about the health of different populations in the United States without first thinking about who and what defines that population. Populations are socially shaped, historically defined and reflect interest at the time in which they were created,” says Dr. Krieger. “So, you can’t think about any population’s health without knowing something about their history.”

Watch the full interview (Part 1, Part 2).

Quotation edited for brevity and clarity.