New England Journal of Medicine David Ansell

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 >

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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 >>

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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.

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We can only build COVID immunity by building trust

https://www.chicagobusiness.com/opinion/we-can-only-build-covid-immunity-building-trust

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Inequality in the doctor’s office: How local physicians are working to expand diversity, care

https://wgntv.com/news/medical-watch/inequality-in-the-doctors-office-how-local-physicians-are-working-to-expand-diversity-care/

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Average US Life Expectancy Drops One Year, New Report Shows

https://news.wttw.com/2021/02/23/average-us-life-expectancy-drops-one-year-new-report-shows

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Limited pharmacy access for some Illinois Medicaid patients in Chicago

https://abc7chicago.com/health/limited-pharmacy-access-for-some-illinois-medicaid-patients-in-chicago/10315664/

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An Urban Hospital on the Brink Vs. the Officials Sworn to Save It.

https://chicagodefender.com/an-urban-hospital-on-the-brink-vs-the-officials-sworn-to-save-it/

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What’s at stake if Mercy Hospital, Chicago’s oldest, closes

https://abcnews.go.com/Health/stake-chicagos-oldest-hospital-closes/story?id=74757394

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Pandemic in Chicago: Why are more Black people dying of COVID-19?

https://www.aljazeera.com/features/2020/11/21/the-pandemic-in-chicago

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Experts: Tackling Poverty and Racism as Public Health Crises Requires Rapid Action

https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2020-10-01/experts-tackling-poverty-and-racism-as-public-health-crises-requires-rapid-action

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One Chicago community endures virus, violence and turmoil

https://apnews.com/article/virus-outbreak-race-and-ethnicity-business-shootings-chicago-8ad8e3f025a039c0f3d7efc78edccac9

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Urban Hospitals of Last Resort Cling to Life in Time of Covid

https://www.physiciansweekly.com/urban-hospitals-of-last-resort-cling-to-life-in-time-of-covid-2/

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