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Rachel Hardeman, PhD, MPH, professor of health and racial equity in the University of Minnesota School of Public Health; director of the Center for Antiracism Research for Health Equity, and Center for Bioethics reflects on the death of George Floyd one year ago. 

”I’m a Minnesotan born and raised. I grew up on 46th and Park, in the community where George Floyd was murdered. I also have the lived experience of being a Black woman in Minnesota. We have an 8-year-old daughter, and we chose to raise her...

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"In the wake of George Floyd's murder, uprisings ignited in cities throughout the United States and the world. Despite potential risks of exposure to COVID-19, demonstrators laid bare the deep pain that persists for Black people fighting to live under the crushing weight of injustice that has long been at our necks."

"The words "I can't breathe" have hung heavy in the air for the past year—both a rallying cry and an indictment."

To be Black in America means that justice is rarely, if ever, served. Blame,...
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"Last month, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association announced its National Health Equity Strategy as part of its ongoing efforts to improve the health of America. Furthermore, the strategy was put in place as a means to confront the nation’s crisis in racial health disparities. In response to the findings from a recent Blue Cross Blue Shield, The Health of America Report®, both BCBSA and Blue Cross Blue Shield have committed themselves to reducing racial disparities in maternal health by 50% in five years."
 
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The University of Ghana's School of Public Health recently announced its new Masters of Science in Bioethics. The first program of its kind in the country and one of the few across the African continent.  It was created, in part, by our alum Amos Laar, PhD, MPH, MA.
 
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"In the wake of growing recognition of a crisis in Black maternal mortality, last month the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) announced a new goal to reduce racial disparities in maternal health by 50% in five years. New data released today from BCBSA highlights just how ambitious—and important—that goal may be."

"According to the new Racial Disparities in Maternal Health report, women in majority-Black communities have the highest rate of Severe Maternal Morbidity (SMM), a set of pregnancy-related complications that may adversely...

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