Can We Treat Racism with Baby Aspirin?

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Obianuju Madueke-Laveaux
Ayman Al-Hendy
Resham Tanna


Black individuals in the United States are disproportionately affected by highly preventable reproductive health conditions. The disproportionate burden of these conditions is increasingly understood in a framework of health inequity and the social and structural drivers of health. Within this framework, race is often treated as a biological construct.  Although race may influence response to therapeutics as evidenced by the race-based hypertension (HTN) guidelines recommended by the Eighth Joint National Committee in 2014, we propose that a disproportionate focus on race without addressing a potentially larger contributor, racism would be a gross oversight. In this article, we support our proposal that racism is the root cause of health disparities in the US. We provide a summary of strategies that will equip health care providers with necessary tools to combat the social and economic pillars of racism that underlie the disparities in female reproductive health.

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Author Biographies

Ayman Al-Hendy, University of Chicago Medicine

University of Chicago Medicine

Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology

Resham Tanna, Spartan Health Sciences University

Medical Graduate, Spartan Health Sciences University

Spartan Dr, St. Jude’s Highway

Vieux Fort, Saint Lucia