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Vulnerable Populations in Public Health

October is Vulnerable Populations month in the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) Year of Climate Change and Health. The month focuses on those populations that are disproportionately affected by climate change health effects and are less climate-resilient. While APHA focuses on children, other vulnerable populations include the elderly, minority communities, and economically disadvantaged communities. Minority communities and those of low-income are particularly vulnerable to flooding, food insecurities, and damage to infrastructure from natural disasters that can lead to increased displacement, cardiovascular complications, stress, and malnutrition. These populations are made more vulnerable to these conditions due to structural racism which has resulted in inadequately climate-resilient infrastructure and established health disparities. Language barriers also continue to increase vulnerability of communities whose first language is not English. The increased risk of these communities has … Read entire article »

Filed under: Disparities, Environment

Racism and public health: How environment shapes wellbeing

Racism and public health: How environment shapes wellbeing

Racism and other forms of oppression – whether based on ethnicity, gender, language, sexual orientation, nationality, or other characteristics – act separately and together to cause disease. While individual behavior plays a role in health, it is only one small piece of the puzzle. “We have to name those things that are interfering with optimal health outcomes,” says Linda Hudson, ScD, Assistant Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine. Camara Jones, President of the American Public … Read entire article »

Filed under: Environment, Racism