Association for Bahá’í Studies Conference

The biology of oneness: Achieving health equity above the skin and below the skin

The COVID-19 pandemic brought about an increase in consciousness of the health disparities that plague the United States. Studies reveal that racial and ethnic minorities are at an increased risk of contracting and dying from various acute and chronic diseases, including breast cancer, the focus of this work. It is increasingly evident that research must be conducted to elucidate how socio-structural determinants “above the skin” influence biological mechanisms “under the skin” and drive disparities. The recognition of the oneness of mankind will require on-going discourse around approaches to achieve health equity and justice.