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Oklahoma health group studies racial health disparities

Posted at 6:28 AM, Oct 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-06 09:38:09-04

Kevin Corbett is the CEO of the Oklahoma Health Authority.

His organization deals with patients on Medicad due to low income.

“This group is probably the most impacted by disparities, social injustices, things of that nature," Corbett said.

Corbett said the disparities are much deeper than just social in Oklahoma, but cross into adequate health care. So he tasked his office to review current policies and trends in Oklahoma to answer a much needed question.

“We need to be able to answer the question, do all members receive service equally across our state,” Corbett said.

In Tulsa, the Community Service Council tracks equality indicators regarding public health in communities of color. The director, Melanie Poulter said American history can play a role in a person of colors overall health.

“There’s more research finding that historical trauma through racism along with present racism have a huge impact on people’s health outcomes, ” Poulter said.

Poulter also said limited grocery stores in North Tulsa lead to health risk, because residents don't have access to healthy food.

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