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 ILLUSTRATION BY LYDIA CHEBBINE FOR USN&WR WITH GETTY IMAGES
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ILLUSTRATION BY LYDIA CHEBBINE FOR USN&WR WITH GETTY IMAGES

"Health disparities reflect the culmination of advantages for some and disadvantages for others," says Tyson Brown, a sociologist and director of the Center for Biobehavioral Health Disparities Research at Duke University. "Population health is a mirror that reflects societal arrangements, and there is a great deal of empirical evidence that societal arrangements affect biology and lead to the health disparities we observe."