Chapter 15Achieving Health Tequity

DOI: 10.4324/9781003286103-15

We can do a lot of measurement, but eventually you have to do something about it, right?

Aswita Tan-McGrory

Director of the Disparities Solution Center at Massachusetts General Hospital

It was 1961, and America was a nation divided by racial strife. Segregation had just been deemed unconstitutional. Despite this ruling by the highest court in the land, little notice or action was taken. This was especially true in the Deep South, where separate bus seats, lunch counters, and restrooms were deeply entrenched as the historical and cultural norm.

To call attention to the injustices and inaction, people of all colors and ages banded together to participate in Freedom Rides. They ...

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