Racism And Health Care in Delaware

Mar 11, 2016

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A conversation last night at Theatre N in Wilmington found a panel examining the health impacts of racism.

At the gathering Marlene Saunders, executive director of the National Association of Social Workers Delaware Chapter, said that racism has a physical impact.

She said there were studies that showed the ramifications included high blood pressure and other heart related problems.

Meanwhile, Dr. Camara Jones, president of the American Public Health Association, said that racism also had an impact on the kind of health care people receive.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that there will be a series of roundtables for lawmakers, health care workers and others to look at the economic, human and financial cost to the state of racism.