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Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Specialty

Urgent Care Medicine

Advisor

Dr. Tom Colletti, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA

Abstract

One thing that affects us all is the overwhelming disparities in health and health care delivery among minority populations. The topic of systemic racism and health care disparities has been widely discussed in the media and scholarly journals. Racism and social inequality are some of the major causes of significant problems within our society and health care system today. The purpose of this article is to examine if the response to the HIV and COVID-19 pandemics has been due to the systemic racism that has been embedded in American culture. This article is intended to investigate if systemic racism and social inequality are embedded in our health care systems and have continued to sustain the divisions in health care.

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