Try Not to Breathe: An Examination of A voidable Racial Disparities Related to Asthma
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Racial disparities are a predominant issue facing America's health and healthcare systems, and such disparities related to asthma are well documented. Be it mortality rates, hospitalizations, activity limitations or emergency department use, none are evenly experienced across the U.S. population. Uneven access to care will continue to be an active propeller of disparity as long as the current trend of health insurance disenfranchisement continues. Environmental exposures, too, such as pests, motor vehicles, and violence are taking a great toll on all asthmatics, particularly those among racial and ethnic minorities. Through comprehensive, multilevel strategies, it will be possible to eliminate these disparities by creating the opportunity for non-polluted living and accessible medical care, with asthma exacerbations no longer an active threat. Systemic policies must change in order to include rather than exclude those in need of care most. Asthma care must be guided by evidence-based best practices, not physician attitudes. Asthmatics of color must serve as their own best advocate and begin to fight for the equity they deserve. Once these improvements occur, America will emerge as a country where health equity is a viable right.