Health Disparities

SAN FRANCISCO. The Intersection of Black Lives Matter and Public Health

Watch a new video created by the San Francisco Department of Public Health about how health connects to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Public health professionals have seen disparities in health outcomes along racial and ethnic lines for decades. Data point to disparities in life expectancy, rates of new HIV diagnoses, rates of viral suppression for those who are HIV positive, rates of emergency room visits due to asthma or heart disease, among others. With the Black Lives Matter movement elevating the discussion on disparities to a national dialogue, we asked public health professionals how they can use that momentum to inform their work. Take a listen to public health and social justice professionals from the Bay Area talk about how different sectors such as the economy, transportation, housing, and food can work together and use the national conversation on disparities to address health outcomes. Featuring: -Jessica Brown, San Francisco Department of Public Health -Dr. Muntu Davis, Alameda County Health Department -Dr. Joy DeGruy, author of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome -Melissa Jones, Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative -Krystal Robinson Justice, Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative -Zachary Norris, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights -Veronica Shepard, San Francisco Department of Public Health

LOS ANGELES. Early detection for breast cancer saves lives (Compton Herald)

“In 2012, Los Angeles has the lowest breast cancer mortality rate of the large American cities for which the Big Cities Health Coalition has data. The city must truly be doing something right when it comes to cancer screening, prevention, and treatment,” said Chrissie Juliano, MPP, director of the Big Cities Health Coalition, a data platform, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that makes more than 12,000 data points on public health in 28 major cities.

“There are also some real racial disparities, which we see all too often in cities across the country. There are significant racial disparities in breast cancer deaths for women in Los Angeles, with Hispanic women dying from breast cancer at a rate of 6.1 deaths for every 100,000 people, Caucasians at 8.6, Asians/Pacific Islanders at 10.3, and Blacks at 31.8.  Black women in Los Angeles are more than five times more likely to die of breast cancer than their Hispanic counterparts.”

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