Racism Blocks Pathways from Education to Health

Racism limits the health benefits of education by diminishing educational opportunities; reducing the quality of education; harboring racist policies and practices in school settings; and by reducing the “health payoff” of education.
These processes have cumulative, adverse effects across the life-course that significantly contribute to racial disparities in health. However, these processes can be changed by incorporating knowledge gained from decades of research and practice into all levels of education policy. Incorporating such knowledge into policies requires building political will through community organizing, advocacy, and a new narrative that helps policymakers and the public recognize the social and moral imperative of creating an education system that does right by all learners and communities.