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The Daily Pennsylvanian: New initiative from Penn researchers aims to advance anti-racist healthcare models

Eight Penn healthcare researchers created a new initiative, Bold Solutions: Dismantle Racism. Advance Health., aiming to combat racism within the U.S. health system by providing solutions to racism in healthcare and advance antiracist health care delivery models. Penn’s Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics is funding a program of pilot grants to start Bold Solution’s first research projects. Bold Solutions plans to partner with Black faculty, students, and businesses to investigate issues such as financial health, payment models, and economic opportunity. Bold Solutions researcher and director of the Penn Urban Health Lab, Eugenia South, said that the COVID–19 pandemic is only the latest example of a healthcare disparity between treatment for Black and white patients. The initiative will address three forms of racism within healthcare: institutional, structural, and interpersonal racism. South said that addressing institutional racism means thinking about the ways in which institutions are set up and how they contribute to issues of inequity, such as how medicine is taught. South hopes Bold Solutions’ projects will challenge the Penn community to continue to address inequities. “Though the initiative is in its infancy, its members are eager to make change in light of the national reckoning in regard to racism,” South said. “When I think about Bold Solutions, it is really trying to leverage this moment to bring people and resources together to tackle racism with a fresh energy and in new ways.” Read more at the The Daily Pennsylvanian