Race to Health

Is Racism Making Black Women Sick?

Our Race to Health columnist, Kenrya Rankin, explores the unique physiological impact of stress on the bodies of Black women.

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    Kenrya Rankin

    Kenrya Rankin


    Kenrya Rankin is an award-winning author and journalist whose work amplifies the lived experiences, advocacy and work of people of color and shifts the narrative around who deserves liberation, justice, joy and dignity in America. Her forthcoming book, Complex Saviors, explores the ways racism impacts the health of Black women—and the ways they are saving themselves. You can find her at and she is @kenrya on all social media.