Disparities in Health and Health Care Among Black People

This infographic looks at the persistent disparities in health and health care for Black people, which reflect structural and systematic inequities rooted in racism and discrimination. Although disparities in health coverage for Black people narrowed after passage of the Affordable Care Act, they continue to face higher rates of illness and death compared to White people. Black people are also more likely to experience barriers to receiving care and face discrimination while seeking care for themselves or a family member. Inequities outside the health care system – in terms of measures like poverty, food insecurity, and family wealth – also negatively affect the health of Black families.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the forefront and exacerbated underlying health and health care disparities for Black people. Addressing these disparities is key to improving the health and well-being of Black people. (Click on a slide below to expand for a larger view).

The source charts for this infographic can be found in these reports:

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