challenges in accessing healthcare that are compounded by systemic racism and sexism

Prompt

Analyze another student’s initial post. Examine their application of an article to the readings and compare it to your own application.

Parameters

· Analyze one student’s initial post. What are one or two major questions you have after reading their post?

· Reread the section(s) of the readings they reference, as well as the article they cited; then, use these sources to address your question(s)

· Your reply post should follow APA guidelines

Peer: Alice

 

Health equity disparities warrant immediate attention due to their pervasive effects on marginalized communities. The works of Fredriksen-Goldsen et al. (2014), Cole (2009), Hester et al. (2020), and Meyer and Frost (2013) reveal how societal structures, discrimination, and access to care affect health outcomes for different groups. Understanding and dismantling these disparities enables systems to be inclusive and fair. Cole (2009) introduces intersectionality as a framework for understanding how overlapping social categorizations, such as race, gender, and class, create interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage. This framework helps identify that health disparities are not the result of a single identity category, but emerge from interactions between various identities. Crenshaw’s (1991) work further clarifies this concept, illustrating how women of color face compounded discrimination due to the combination of race and gender, which directly affects their access to healthcare. Cole emphasizes that researchers must apply an intersectional lens to understand the compounded health inequities marginalized communities face

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