Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom and a Call for Health Equity

Jun 19, 2024

Juneteenth marks a joyous day in American history, commemorating the end of slavery and the official freedom of Black Americans. Yet, as we celebrate liberation, it’s crucial to acknowledge the ongoing fight for equality, especially in healthcare. 

Juneteenth serves as a powerful reminder of the systemic barriers that continue to impact Black communities’ health. The legacy of slavery and discriminatory practices like redlining have created lasting disparities. Black Americans often face: 

  • Limited access to quality care: Geographic factors, lack of transportation, and unconscious bias can make it difficult to find good healthcare providers. 
  • Higher rates of chronic diseases: Social drivers of health like poverty and stress contribute to higher rates of diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers in Black communities. 
  • Distrust in the medical system: A history of mistreatment has led to a well-founded distrust in the medical system, discouraging preventative care and treatment seeking. 

By acknowledging these disparities and working towards solutions, we can honor the true meaning of Juneteenth. Telligen offers a comprehensive range of services to help bridge health disparities in your community. Learn more at telligen.com/health-equity.