June 17, 2021

Day 8: Healthcare

DAY 8 Of YWCA Spokane’s 14-Day Racial Equity & Social Justice Challenge

We hope this challenge provides you with an opportunity to better understand concepts related to race, power, privilege, and leadership.

DAY 1 | DAY 2 | DAY 3 | DAY 4 | DAY 5 | DAY 6 | DAY 7 | DAY 8 | DAY 9 | DAY 10 | DAY 11 | DAY 12 | DAY 13 | DAY 14

Thank you for taking this challenge! If this is your first day of joining us for the 14-Day Racial Equity & Social Justice Challenge, welcome. If you are returning after previous engagement with the challenge, nice work! We are glad you are here. Each weekday from Tuesday, June 8th through Friday, June 25th, YWCA Spokane will send those who sign up for our challenge emails prompting you to make time to learn about racial equity and social justice.

We encourage everyone to talk about what you are learning with friends, share on social media with #ywcaequitychallenge, and take time to reflect on your personal insights after each challenge using this reflection log. Consider joining our Racial & Social Justice Facebook Group to continue the conversation online and connect with others.

DAY 8: healthcare


The unfortunate truth is that while we have all been going through the same global pandemic, there is a very stark contrast in how different communities have experienced this COVID-19 crisis.

COVID-19 has exacerbated some of the disparities caused by healthcare inequities and socioeconomic disadvantages that so many of our nation’s minoritized demographic groups are forced to survive through. But it would be a great injustice to exclude the fact that these issues have been around for generations before this crisis, and are permanently ingrained in the historical fabric of the United States.

Whether considering race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, creed, or any other basis or intersection of identity, our nation operates through an established social hierarchy that ranks one person over another. This hierarchy goes beyond being determined by quantity (i.e. majority vs. minority) but also reinforces the power structures and social dynamics that dictate the differences in healthcare that would lead to two patients walking into the same healthcare institution but leaving with completely opposite results and experiences.

The historical foundation and present-day prevalence of this systemic issue must be reckoned and reconciled with before any impactful and lasting progress can be made. Only through intentional representation and unrelenting advocacy can we even begin to mend this healthcare divide.

If you have…

5 Minutes


10 Minutes


1 hour

and and
Read this article 
on how health disparities exist, even in the face of socioeconomic success.
and Read this article 
about the disproportionately high mortality rates for Black babies and one potential solution.
and Watch this recording
of our Stand Against Racism 2021 event to learn more about why racism is a public health crisis (discussion starts at 25 min mark).

  • BONUS 1: If you have an extra 15 minutes, watch this video to get a better understanding of the origins of racial health disparities
  • BONUS 2: If you have an extra hour, check out this Facebook talk on “Healthcare Injustice: Past, Present, and Future” from Public Health Dayton Montgomery County.

daily Reflection

Once you have completed today’s challenge, take a moment to reflect on any insights you experienced. How did the challenge make you feel? What is something you learned? Did you notice anything about yourself after taking the challenge? Consider sharing this new awareness with a friend or group to help deepen your understanding of the information. Consider tracking your reflections on the below daily log or joining our online Facebook group to encourage daily sharing with each other about the challenge topics.

Challenge Reflection Log

Share each challenge online with #YWCAEquityChallenge

DAY 1 | DAY 2 | DAY 3 | DAY 4 | DAY 5 | DAY 6 | DAY 7 | DAY 8 | DAY 9 | DAY 10 | DAY 11 | DAY 12 | DAY 13 | DAY 14

Do you have resources you think we should share? Any insights you would like to share with us? We welcome you to leave your comments here. Thank you!

By: Rachel Dannen

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