It’s important for individuals, groups and policymakers to understand how to approach racial equity and promote more racial equality in communities, schools, healthcare systems and other areas. These articles, toolkits, research pieces and other materials provide information about issues facing Black Americans, indigenous communities and other minority groups, and offer strategies for taking action to advance racial equity across society—particularly in healthcare.
City of Portland, Oregon: Racial Equity Toolkit Portland’s Office of Equity and Human Rights created this toolkit to help government agencies identify racial disparities, promote racial equity and engage communities of color in decision-making.
Race Forward Race Forward works to eliminate systemic racism and promote racial justice in policies, institutions and culture. The organization serves as the parent group for the Government Alliance on Race & Equity, publishes the news site Colorlines, and hosts the racial justice conference Facing Race.
Racial Equity Tools Racial Equity Tools is an online library that offers educational materials, research, tips and tools to help groups and individuals understand and work toward racial equity in governments, organizations and communities.
HealthCity: “The Physician’s Role in Racial Equity” This article in HealthCity, a publication of the Boston Medical Center Health System, encourages physicians to reflect on their own biases, consider their privilege and engage in anti-racist work to address disparities in healthcare.
American Public Health Association: Health Equity This page from the American Public Health Association contains health equity fact sheets and reports on topics including children’s environmental health, housing, water contamination and educational equity.
American Public Health Association: Vaccines This page from the American Public Health Association links to information on vaccines, including the safety and effectiveness of vaccines for conditions ranging from COVID-19 to human papillomavirus (HPV).
Vaccines.gov: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) This site from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides information about COVID-19 vaccinations, including side effects, who should receive vaccines and safety.
Indian Health Service: Disparities This fact sheet from the Indian Health Service includes statistics that compare mortality rates between American Indian/Alaska Native populations and all other groups in the U.S. for causes of death including heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other conditions.
National Congress of American Indians: Health Care The National Congress of American Indians outlines the wide-ranging healthcare disparities experienced by American Indians and Alaska Natives and opportunities for improving the health of indigenous communities.
These nonfiction books provide additional information on structural racism and strategies for creating an equitable society.
The Condemnation of Blackness,by Khalil Gibran Muhammad This book traces the roots of Black people being depicted as dangerous, and the concept’s influence on policies and urban development.
Courageous Conversations About Race, by Glenn E. Singleton This book lays out a plan for achieving equitable school systems and provides tools for educators to create classrooms and curricula that promote educational equity.
One Person, No Vote, by Carol Anderson This book discusses voter suppression since the Supreme Court’s 2013 Shelby ruling, which allowed districts to change voting requirements without the Justice Department’s approval.
Race Matters, by Cornel West This collection of essays discusses important flashpoints in African American history, and the Black community’s struggle to break into mainstream society without losing their culture.