Call to Action: Structural Racism as a Fundamental Driver of Health Disparities
Published: November 10, 2020
- Recognizing structural racism as a fundamental cause of persistent health and disease disparities, this Presidential Advisory reviews the historical context, current state, and potential future solutions to address structural racism in the US.
- The Advisory highlights key principles (that racism and its adverse consequences persist; that racism is experienced; and that the task of dismantling racism belongs to all of society, and not only victimized groups) and calls out the need for change in conditions of historically marginalized communities, improvement in the quality of education, housing and neighborhood environments of affected populations, advocacy for policies that eliminate inequities in access to and quality of healthcare, the development of an antiracism research agenda, and enhancement of common purpose and allyship among racial and ethnic groups.
- Structural racism is a barrier to the AHA’s goal to improve the cardiovascular (CV) health of all people, and this Advisory is a call to action to bring attention to and identify strategies and solutions to eliminate structural racism in the U.S.; including leveraging the AHA’s scientific enterprise, education, quality improvement, and advocacy to support a national awareness of structural racism and promote a national reconciliation around race.
- Top Things to Know: Call to Action: Structural Racism as a Fundamental Driver of Health Disparities
- Health Equity and Structural Racism Language Guide (PDF) - The American Heart Association strives to use consistent language, and has developed a reference guide of terms related to structural racism and health equity.
- AHA News: Structural racism is a driver of health disparities report declares
- News Release: Structural racism causes poor health, premature death from heart disease and stroke
- 2010 Call to Action: Cardiovascular Disease in Asian Americans
- 2013 AHA/ACC Guideline on Lifestyle Management to Reduce Cardiovascular Risk
- 2014 Status of Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke in Hispanics/Latinos in the United States
- 2015 Social Determinants of Risk and Outcomes for Cardiovascular Disease
- 2017 Cardiovascular Health in African Americans
- 2018 Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease in South Asians in the United States: Epidemiology, Risk Factors, and Treatments
- 2020 Importance of Housing and Cardiovascular Health and Well-Being
- 2020 Cardiovascular Health in American Indians and Alaska Natives