Racism is a barrier to accessing care and influences the attitudes, beliefs, and confidence in which African American women approach or accept prenatal care. Moreover, how they are treated in the clinical setting can affect the decision to return or adhere to care according to a study in the Journal of Urban Health (2011).
Additionally, cultural differences between the health care provider and patient can cause communication problems and can lead to an inaccurate understanding of the patient’s symptoms. Ambiguities between health care providers’ and patients’ understanding and interpretation of information may contribute to disparities in care.
The Health Inequities Work Group focuses on identifying the root causes of health disparities and moves the conversation forward through education and awareness.
Equality is providing the same level of opportunity and assistance to all segments of society, such as races and genders.
Equity is providing various levels of support and assistance depending on specific needs or abilities.
Reality is the state of things as they actually exist, as opposed to an idealistic or notional idea of them.
Liberation is removing the barriers so all may participate.
"There is in this world no such force as the force of a person determined to rise. The human soul cannot be permanently chained"
– W.E.B. Du Bois