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How racial bias, income inequality and the 2016 election can hurt your health

Here's how racism and 'uncivil discourse' can affect your health (Video: Gillian Brockell/The Washington Post)

David Williams has spent many years figuring out how racial segregation, disparate income distribution and limited access to health care can affect people’s lives. Williams is a professor at Harvard University in the departments of public health and African and African American Studies.

I spoke with Williams on Wednesday about the research he has conducted on racial disparities and their effect on a person’s health. We also talked about how the “levels of incivility” in the 2016 election may contribute to heath problems, how the health of new immigrants is compromised once they are in the United States and the impact of discrimination on one’s health.

Here’s the full interview.