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Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Specialty

Psychiatric-Internal Medicine/Emergency Medicine

Advisor

Dr. Elyse Watkins

Abstract

ABSTRACT

Purpose:

The purpose of this article is to review the increase of chronic disease among Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPoC) especially African American Black people due to racism as opposed to purely biological and or environmental pathology.

Method:

PubMed, Google Scholar, New England Journal of Medicine, and Lancet literature searches were done using the terms “diversity,” “healthcare disparities,” and “racial disparities”. Results were filtered for free full text within the last seven years.

Conclusion:

Both individual and systemic racism towards those who self-identify as BIPoC has created racial disparities that contribute to minorities being at high risk for a multitude of chronic diseases such as diabetes mellitus, chronic kidney disease, end-stage renal disease, heart disease, neurovascular, and vascular diseases. This has resulted in BIPoC dying at an earlier age than their white counterparts.

Keywords: Diversity, Racial Disparities, Racism.

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