Journal of Sustainable Social Change


Daryl O Traylor 0000-0002-8935-1653

Eboni E Anderson 0000-0001-7675-4528

Brianna Clark 0009-0004-1557-0177

Alex M Smith 0009-0001-1338-9268

Copper Allenbrand 0009-0007-8398-7507


Redlining, the practice of discriminating against specific neighborhoods based on race and socioeconomic status, leads to persistent environmental hazards and socioeconomic inequalities that have lasting adverse health effects on their populations. Health disparities are further exacerbated through the concentration of environmental hazards, as well as the escalating impact of climate change, which poses an increased risk of respiratory illness, cardiovascular disease, mental health issues, heat-related illness, infectious diseases, food insecurity, and socioeconomic difficulties in redline neighborhoods.

This paper examines the interplay of redlining, climate change, and health disparities, with an emphasis on the enduring consequences for these marginalized communities. Through our research, we hope to foster a more equitable and just society for all by making an urgent call to action to dismantle the historical legacy of redlining and its health impacts, including climate change, for marginalized populations. Our research found that family medicine physicians, as well as other interdisciplinary collaborators and stakeholders, are pivotal to the development of comprehensive and equitable solutions for promoting health equity and resilience, as well as implementing strategies to mitigate these climate-related health issues through equitable healthcare access for all populations.