The focus on racial injustice in the US – particularly the effect of race on criminal justice — has been in the public spotlight following the tragic deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Eric Garner on Staten Island, and Tamir Rice in Cleveland during encounters with law enforcement. While these inequities play out in numerous areas, health and well-being is one sector in which minority groups are dramatically and disproportionally affected. This Forum event examined how disparities within the law and the criminal justice system negatively affect health in members of minority groups — as well as how the role of race interacts with neighborhood environments, educational and employment opportunities, public policy, and other factors to lead to poorer health in minority populations.
Part of: Policy Controversies.
Presented in Collaboration with Reuters
- Challenging Racial Injustice Through Community Health
3rd Annual Health Equity and Leadership Conference
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