Discrimination And Discrimination

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Ultimately, health inequity will persist as long as structural oppression of racial minorities persist in healthcare. Therefore, tackling the prevalence of structural racism in health settings could incite change. The most practical and impactful avenue for reducing the racial health disparity lies in the employment and training of healthcare professionals. It can be beneficial to explore and target larger institutional issues, such as government law and policy, but, it is important to realize that institutions are made from individuals; therefore, when individual behavior is corrected, institutions should follow suit. At the onset of their careers, most healthcare professionals take an oath, pledging to treat all patients, no matter, race, color or creed, to the best of their ability. However, it is evident that this is not always upheld, mainly through forces of oppression outside their conscious control. In Five Faces of Oppression, Young stated that marginalization may be the most dangerous form of oppression (Young, 1990). A social group is marginalized when their people are excluded in society, meaning that their skills and attributes are deemed useless and insignificant in the greater community. To an extent, this is seen in the healthcare system with the underrepresentation of racial minorities in the medical field. Highly qualified people of color are denied positions at far greater rates than their White peers and this occurs in almost every profession (Merchant
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