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SOCIAL DETERMINANTS AND INEQUITIES IN HEALTH FOR BLACK CANADIANS: A SNAPSHOT

Anti-Black Racism as a Determinant of Health

The following snapshot aims to highlight how Anti-Black racism and systemic discrimination are key drivers of health inequalities faced by diverse Black Canadian communities. Evidence of institutional discrimination in key determinants of health is also presented, including education, income, and housing. Finally, national data is shared demonstrating inequalities in health outcomes and determinants of health. Readers are invited to reflect on how racism and discrimination may contribute to these inequalities.

TIME TO DISMANTLE SYSTEMIC ANTI-BLACK RACISM IN MEDICINE IN CANADA

KEY POINTS

  • Anti-Black racism is a specific form of racism, rooted in the history and experience of enslavement, that is targeted against Black people.

  • Disparities between Black people and other groups with respect to medical conditions and risk factors are not explained by biological differences between “races.”

  • The field of medicine can no longer deny or overlook the existence of systemic anti-Black racism in Canada and how it affects the health of Black people and communities.

  • We can address, confront and interrupt anti-Black racism in medicine by taking direction from leading experts both within and outside our profession. An easy step is to pay attention to the conversations Black people are having in our communities, including patients and health care professionals.

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