What can we do to address social determinants of health in black and brown communities? (food deserts etc)
The most glaring factor undermining the health of black and brown communities in San Francisco is the fifty year history of the U.S. Navy poisoning Hunters Point. The asthma and cancer rates in the southeast corner of our city are among the highest in the world, reflecting a toxic mix of militarism, racism, and the capitalism visible in real estate development proceeding despite continuing safety risks.
Many factors that emerge as disproportionate health outcomes reflect disproportionate access to care. To that extent, universal interventions like Medicare for All—the centerpiece of our healthcare policy platform— could address health issues that appear uniquely in some communities more than others.