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Invited Commentary
May 19, 2021

Does Health Inequity Begin at Home?

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, Denver Health Medical Center, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver
JAMA Cardiol. 2021;6(8):889-890. doi:10.1001/jamacardio.2021.0500

In this issue of JAMA Cardiology, Berman and colleagues1 examined data from 2 major academic hospitals in Boston, Massachusetts, and found that despite receiving initial care in the same facilities, individuals who lived in poor neighborhoods had strikingly higher cardiovascular mortality after a myocardial infarction than did individuals who lived in more affluent neighborhoods. The study by Berman and colleagues1 adds substantively to the understanding of the social determinants of cardiovascular outcomes. Amid changing public thinking after the killing of George Floyd in May 2020, the study also prods us to consider the actions that should be taken in response to those social determinants.

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