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Racism and Racial Inequities in Health: A Data-Informed Primer on Health Disparities in Massachusetts

Manatt Health; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation

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Healthcare Access and Quality
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Outside U.S.

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This paper serves as a foundational look into how structural racism and social determinants of health impact communities of color — particularly Black and Latino communities — in Massachusetts. This document uses local Massachusetts and national data sources to examine multiple factors for health inequities among racial minorities within the state. The primer covers demographic profiles, social drivers of health, access to coverage and care, service utilization, health outcomes, and the disparate impact of COVID-19 with infographics across multiple areas of health.

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Advancing Racial Equity

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Asian, Black or African American, Hispanic, Latino, or Latinx, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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