Nisha Agarwal Examines Racial Segregation in Health Care

Nisha Agarwal (’06), Deputy Executive Director of Impact at International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), contributed an article to The AMA Journal of Ethics citing New York City civil rights complaints asserting inequitable treatment of patients based on race; calling on Biden to eliminate certain care disparities by expanding Medicaid funding to include non-traditional services; and proposing strategies to improve equity and outcomes in health networks nationwide (“Using Civil Rights Law to Undermine Profitability of Ongoing Racial Segregation in Health Care,” Jan. 2023). “These findings are disconcerting because of the impact over time of segregated care on individuals and their bodies. . . . Medicaid is now a proxy for race and an indictment of Black and Brown communities in the health care setting. . . . The story of health care in the United States is still being drafted. Will it be equal and just to communities of color, or will it remain unequal and separated?”