A rising tide lifts all boats. That’s the finding of a Brown University researcher who investigated whether hospital quality improvements brought better care for minority patients as well as white.
Brown University professor Amal Trivedi wanted to know if improved standards at hospitals have helped all patients equally. Medicare asked hospitals to start reporting certain quality measures in 2005. Trivedi said that at that time, there were significant disparities between the care whites and minorities got at hospitals around the country.
A study of student suspensions in Rhode Island public schools in the last academic year finds large racial disparities.
According to the report by the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, schools suspended many more black and Hispanic students than they suspended white students for what appears to be mostly minor discipline violations.
The ACLU reports black students were suspended at the highest rate in nine years, while white students were suspended at record low rates.