"Intersectionality and the Language of Health Equity," Keisha Ray (McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics)

Apr 17, 2024, 4:30 pm6:00 pm
Wooten Hall, Room 301
Free and Open to the Public (registration required)


Event Description


Health equity is typically conceptualized in terms of the social, economic, and environmental resources that we need for proper health. The COVID 19 pandemic, however, exposed just how much discrimination—in all its forms—can make us unhealthy by depriving us of these very resources needed for proper health outcomes. Using the example of Black people’s inequitable COVID-19 outcomes, and their health outcomes prior to the pandemic, I argue that the pandemic has forever changed how we should think about the conceptual and practical nature of health equity. From here on, we can no longer think of health equity without the concept of intersectionality. In particular, we must acknowledge that discrimination (e.g. sexism, ableism, racism, classism, etc.) within our social institutions intersect to withhold resources needed for health from people who themselves have intersecting identities that make them vulnerable to the effects of discrimination. In this presentation I offer an example of what a conception of health equity built from an intersectionality framework could look like.