Race equality action will go beyond the workplace, writes Yvonne Coghill

Yvonne Coghill says we must acknowledge racism and ensure that everyone is treated equally in the NHS

Abstract

In a recent blog for #blacklivesmatter, senior research associate at the United States Institute for Healthcare Improvement Amy Reid and medical director at The Joint Commission Ron Wyatt discussed the impact of racism on health.

They cited a framework for understanding racism, developed over a decade ago by American Public Health Association president Camara Phyllis Jones. First there is institutional racism, which promotes differential access to goods and services. Then there is personally mediated racism, which manifests as prejudice and discrimination. This can result in an increased incidence of heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes among those who experience it.

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This article was first published in print in Nursing Standard: volume 29, issue 41.

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