Racism in Medical Journals, and in Medicine

In a letter to the editor, RWJF President and CEO Richard Besser, Trustee David Williams, and Alumna Risa Lavizzo-Mourey note that medical journals understate and don't adequately connect systemic racism and health. They emphasize—as they did in a New England Journal of Medicine commentary—that we must fund and encourage research that explores why skin color has an outsized impact on how well and long a person lives.

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