Is the United States Honoring Its ‘Melting Pot’ Identity?
January 22, 2021
The United States is often depicted as a “melting pot,” in which diverse cultures and ethnicities come together to form the rich fabric of our Nation. Despite some progress in achieving this ideal, three recent papers from researchers at the Dornsife School of Public Health, discuss continued inequalities and growing challenges faced by many immigrants in the U.S. They also offer opportunities for a creative refocus of present efforts to help close these gaps.
Structural racism establishes inequalities that grow throughout an immigrant’s life.
In the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, lead author Brent A. Langellier, PhD, and Jessie Kemmick Pintor, PhD, assistant professors in the Dornsife School of Public Health, and colleagues detail the effects of structural racism on the health of immigrants in the U.S. The authors provide evidence that chronic exposure to racism leads to worsening health over time among immigrants, particularly among those who are Black or Latinx. The authors look at allostatic load – a comprehensive measure of the body’s response to stressors during a lifespan – in both immigrants and non-immigrants across racial/ethnic groups to put a spotlight on health disparities among groups.
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