Impact of Racial Discrimination and Trauma on Racial Health Disparities in African American Populations

Sierra E. Carter, PhD, Georgia State University

In this talk, Dr. Carter cites findings that at least 90% of Black adults and youth report experiencing at least one incident of racial discrimination in the past year. She also presents research indicating that African Americans live sicker and die younger than other racial and ethnic groups.

The lecture provides an overview of how racial discrimination impacts the health and well-being of African Americans. Carter describes how African Americans disproportionately experience racial health disparities influenced by race-related stress. She also explores the importance of examining racial discrimination in the conceptualization of trauma experiences and treatments.

Watch more to learn about:

  • Racism-related experiences and historical unjust legacies that can worsen current health disparities for African Americans
  • The unique challenges and clinical issues present in experiences of race-based stress and trauma among African Americans
  • Potential avenues for promoting health equity and addressing the influence of racial discrimination on health