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About Us

Who we are

Race & Health is a network of individuals who want to highlight and tackle the impact of racism, xenophobia and discrimination on health. Our network is comprised of academics, healthcare professionals, activists and other individuals from within and outside the medical and public health fields with a committment to addressing racism, xenophobia and discrimination in health.

We acknowledge that individuals and communities experience poor health due to multiple forms of discrimination such as transphobia, ableism, and others. Therefore, we examine discrimination related to caste, colour, ethnicity/race, Indigeneity, migratory status, and religion. We were founded, and continue to be led by a group of people who have been historically minoritised. While we welcome people of all backgrounds, we are committed to centering the narratives and perspectives of minoritised people. 

Why we exist

Racism, xenophobia and discrimination have a fundamental and powerful impact on health, and health research has historically exploited minoritised people, and fails to address resulting disparities in health that persist today. We strive to tackle health inequality created by discrimination and strcutural violence to achieve equity in health for all. 

Structural racism and discrimination in all areas of society lead to poor health outcomes even before people interact with the healthcare system. These systems of oppression have roots in the colonial origins of medical and global health research and practice. Similarly, leadership and funding are yet to reflect minoritised voices globally.

We invite you to use Race & Health as a space for collaboration and a platform for sharing experiences for members of the global community on issues of racism and xenophobia in health.

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