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Addressing Racism in Preventive Services: A Methods Project for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

Lynn Hoffman, MA, MPH, and Olivia P. Bacon, BA, Abt Associates; Jennifer S. Lin, MD, MCR, Sarah I. Bean, MPH, Elizabeth A. O’Connor, Ph.D., Allea M. Martin, MPH, Megan O. Iacocca, MS, and Melinda C. Davies, MAIS, Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research


November 9, 2021

The USPSTF is committed to helping reverse the negative impacts of systemic racism on health. The Task Force makes preventive services recommendations to improve the health of all Americans, but systemic racism prevents many Black, Indigenous, and Hispanic/Latinx people from fully benefitting from these services, leading to health inequities. The USPSTF commissioned an evidence review on the effects of racism on health:

  1. What are the key terms and concepts around the discussion of racism and health inequities/disparities? And how are these terms and concepts defined and applied? And how are these terms interrelated?
  2. How does racism produce health inequities? What are the mechanisms of action?
  3. How are racism and health inequities/disparities addressed in the USPTSF portfolio?
  4. What types of interventions can reduce health inequities/disparities by race in preventive health?
  5. What types of interventions directly address racism in healthcare?
  6. What work are other health and healthcare institutions/organizations doing to address racism?