Why do we need health research specific to ethno-racial communities in Canada?

By Kenji Tokawa

Back to school – figuring out what to study? Here are ten reasons for supporting health research on racialized communities:

  1. we get sick too

  2. racism affects our mental and physical health

  3. immigration status can block us from getting health care

  4. language barriers = barriers to keeping healthy

  5. knowing about our community’s health = knowing how to take care of ourselves

  6. our own time-tested ways of staying healthy benefit others

  7. being filtered into certain industries = being filtered into recurring health risks

  8. historically and currently, our race and health link us to immigration desirability

  9. when we are not seen as ‘Canadian’ our health care is under attack

  10. little research on our health but lots of health problems


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