BLACHIR Phase 1 Engagement Workshop Survey

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Closes 20 Sep 2021

Racism and Discrimination impact on Health and Wellbeing

The published evidence base on the impact of Racism and Discrimination on health in the UK is limited. However, the available national research shows significant health inequalities are affecting African and Caribbean communities, which are perpetuated by inequalities in the wider determinants of health such as housing, employment, and education. 

Sadly, the number of racially aggrevated assaults recorded by the police has been rising in recent years which may further exacerbate exisitng health inequalities for these communities. 

Racism and discrimination can have a detrimental effect on health outcomes. Its effects range from daily interpersonal interactions, organisational and at a societal level. It is reflected in disparities in, but not limited to health, wealth, income, justice and civic participation.

'Racial discrimination is recognised as a key social determinant of health and driver of racial/ethnic health inequities. Studies have shown that people exposed to racism have poorer health outcomes (particularly for mental health), alongside both reduced access to health care and poorer patient experiences,’ (Stanley et al., 2019). 

The next 4 pages will identify and explain opportunities for action that have been identified.