Structural racism, health disparities, and opportunities for PA practice

Shani Fleming, Bettie Coplan, Deanna Bridge Najera, Delilah Dominguez, Patricia J. Devine

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Abstract

ABSTRACT: Social determinants of health are rooted in structural racism. The healthcare community has long recognized the existence of significant race- and ethnicity-related health disparities. Yet pervasive disparities persist despite ongoing calls for institutions and healthcare professionals to promote health equity by addressing bias, discrimination, and social determinants of health. All PAs must take responsibility for the various ways in which we may unwittingly reinforce racism in our profession, and must shift our focus from treating the effects of racism to preventing them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)46-51
Number of pages6
JournalJAAPA : official journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants
Volume35
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nurse Assisting

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