Racial discrimination linked to higher risk of chronic illness

October 12, 2018

Dr. Amani S. Allen, Professor at the School of Public Health, published a study that linked racial discrimination to higher risk of chronic illness in black women.

“Racial discrimination has many faces. It is not being able to hail a cab, getting poor service in stores and restaurants, being treated unfairly at work, being treated unfairly by police and law enforcement and being followed around in stores because of racial stereotypes,” Allen said. “We found that experiencing racial discrimination repeatedly can create a state of biological imbalance that leaves certain groups of people more susceptible to chronic disease.”

Marilyn D. Thomas, a doctoral candidate in epidemiology at the School of Public Health, was one of the researchers on the study and said, “Prior work has also shown that racial discrimination itself is a particular stressor in the lives of African American women.”

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