Public Health Post is collaborating with researchers at the Center for Antiracist Research Racial Data Tracker to produce a series of articles focused on structural racism and health.

The goal of the Racial Data Tracker is to collect, analyze, and publicly share data on racial inequities and disparities to communities and individuals interested in using racial data for research, advocacy, education and policy. The data will be available through downloadable data tables, infographics, and interactive visualizations. The project will publicly launch in the Spring of 2023.

Documenting Anti-Asian Hate Crimes Is First Step to Promoting Mental Health

The COVID-19 pandemic was accompanied by an epidemic of anti-Asian hate crimes. Between 2019 and 2021, hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) escalated by 89%. Hate crimes against AAPI have taken many forms, including physical assaults and near-fatal stabbings. Hate crimes do not include other discrimination like being called a racial slur, nor crimes that go unreported. More

New Databyte Shows Students of Color are Disproportionately Bullied At School

Sending your child to school for the first time is both an exciting and anxious milestone for any parent. One source of anxiety is the fear that your child might experience bullying or harassment. In the U.S., 20% of K-12 students are bullied, and race is the leading identity factor for students experiencing bullying. Black students are significantly more likely to be bullied than their White peers. More

An Eighteen Year Difference in Life Expectancy

You’ve probably heard a version of this phrase, “where you live determines how long you live.” Researchers have shown that our neighborhoods – the places where we live, work, and play – are a stronger predictor of our life expectancy than our genes. In fact, in many U.S. cities, life expectancy between communities that are a few miles away can have differences as large as 30 years. More

The Persisting Racial Inequities in Food Insecurity

In the U.S., around one in seven households worry about having too little to eat. Families who are food insecure have poor access to nutrient-dense food, which contributes to a variety of chronic health problems, such as cardiovascular disease. Children who live in food insecure households are particularly vulnerable as a lack of nutritious food adversely affects their cognitive growth. More

The High Suicide Rates Among Indigenous Populations

In 2019, suicide was the second leading cause of death for Indigenous people in the U.S. between the ages of 10 and 34. This trend continued in 2020 with American Indian and Alaska Native people having the highest suicide rates of all ethnic and racial groups. In fact, suicide rates among Indigenous populations increased by 40% between 2010 and 2020. That’s a staggering surge. More

Are Racial Differences in Flu Vaccination Rates Widening?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ranks flu and pneumonia as one of the top ten causes of death in the U.S. CDC recommends that everyone older than six months receive a flu vaccine each year. Researchers estimate that flu vaccines can lessen the chance of contracting the flu by 40% to 60%. So, it is important that everyone who wants to get a flu vaccine has access to it. More