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‘We must be transformative’: Boston doctor says Juneteenth is an opportunity to combat racial trauma’s health impact – Boston News, Weather, Sports

BOSTON (WHDH) – A Boston doctor is marking June 16 with a call to action, saying the holiday should be a time to reflect on and address inequalities in US healthcare.

“We need to have clear insight into the root cause of demographic disparities in people’s health outcomes. We have to ask why it’s so demographically predictable,” said Dr. Thea James from Boston Medical Center. “We have to be transformative in what we’re doing now.”

James said that many health problems stem from economic inequality as lack of money limits people’s options.

“You can’t prioritize health because you prioritize survival,” James said. “We should focus on the whole ecosystem so you can support and create more sustainable local economies.”

And another big issue is how racial trauma affects mental health, James said.

“Racial trauma is like an accumulation of racism and discrimination every day. And they can be big acts, like what happened in Buffalo or South Carolina, or smaller things like microaggressions, or everything in between,” James said. “White people may not realize the trauma that this causes in people of color, but it happens all the time because you just don’t see a way out.”

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