Structural Racism — A 60-Year-Old Black Woman with Breast Cancer
A woman on Chicago’s primarily black South Side is seen for a breast lump at a community hospital that lacks the resources for high-quality cancer care. A navigator from the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force reroutes her to a qualified medical center. Read more >
NATURE: Inequality: Live poor, die young
Nature.com Abigail A. Sewell examines a physician's study of how deprivation shortens lifespan. David Ansell's passionately written The Death Gap presents a powerful case for social inequality as a cause of disease and disparities in health. The social epidemiologist, physician and public-hospital veteran invokes the concept of 'death gaps' to describe differences in life expectancy by race, ethnicity, class and geography. Read the article >>
Excerpt from The Death Gap
I Sat up, strangely perplexed. For a moment, perhaps, I could not clearly understand how I came there. My terror had fallen from me like a garment. My hat had gone, and my collar had burst away from its fastener. A few minutes before, there had only been three real things before me-the immensity of the night and space and nature, my own feebleness and anguish, and the near approach of death.
UVA Medical Center Hour: The Death Gap: How Inequality Kills
We hear much these days about the widening gap in America between the rich and the poor, the haves and the have-nots. Inequality is all around us, and it exacts a serious toll on health. The poor die sooner. Blacks die sooner. And poor urban blacks die sooner than almost all other Americans. Indeed, there is a 35-year difference in life expectancy between America's wealthiest (and healthiest) and poorest (and sickest) neighborhoods. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPUrxEPFvZ8
The Death Gap: Social Inequity and Health
Chicago Humanities Festival presentation The U.S. health care system is the most expensive in the world, yet we fall far behind other industrialized nations on measures such as the number of uninsured, infant mortality, and life expectancy. Physician David Ansell, argues that widespread social inequality drives health disparities in life expectancy among minorities and the poor. Join Ansell, whose previous book "County" covered the history of one of America’s oldest urban public hospitals ...
Interview with Dr. David Ansell on racial disparities in health that result from unequal distribution of power and resources.
David Ansell is the senior vice president for community health equity at Rush University Medical Center. Stephen Morrissey, the interviewer, is the Executive Managing Editor of the Journal. Listen to the interview >
‘If I lived on the North Side’: Neighborhood may matter more than race in breast cancer survival rates
By Darcel Rockett, Chicago Tribune In 2008, South Shore resident Cheryl King found a lump in her right breast. When she told a health professional at a South Side facility, he dismissed it, saying many African-Americans have lumps in their breasts. In the three months it took to get appointments and tests with other professionals to verify it was cancer, it had grown into a stage 2 tumor. King, 59, is not alone. Racial disparities in breast cancer diagnosis and survival rates may ...
EDITORIAL: Lessons on healthcare from news of racism, inequality and budget cuts
By Merrill Goozner | June 2, 2018 In the wake of the news: Roseanne Barr loses show after racist tweet. She should be thankful she didn't lose a decade off her life expectancy. Her penance should include reading The Death Gap: How Inequality Kills by Dr. David Ansell, the senior vice president for community health equity at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. A self-described social epidemiologist, Ansell catalogs how life expectancy in the all-bla...
Are You Sick? Blame Poverty.
The United States faces some of the worst income inequality in the industrialized world, with the GOP tax bill poised to widen the divide and send more people below the poverty line. Now, there is mounting evidence that those on the losing end of this economic divide face a multitude of negative health impacts caused by poverty-related stress. The link between stress and illness is not new information: The Greek physician and philosopher Galen wrote about the connection in 200 A.D. ...