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The use of biological race in medicine is an unchallenged, outdated norm throughout clinical education, research, and practice. This paper bridges existing research by critical theory scholar-activists and researchers, and aims to guide clinicians and student learners in medicine, public health, and beyond on why the use of biological race must be abolished in medicine and clinical research, education, and practice.
A series of 6 brief modules created for clinicians and other clinical staff on topics such as social determinants of health, cultural humility, and shared decision making. From the Network of National Libraries of Medicine.
The medical community has been complicit in legitimizing claims of racial difference throughout the history of the United States. Unfortunately, a rigorous examination of the role medicine plays in perpetuating inequity across racial lines is often missing in medical school curricula due to time constraints and other challenges inherent to medical education. This paper proposes recommendations for guiding efforts to mitigate the adverse effects associated with the use of race in medical education.
A medical education non-profit based on the belief that all people deserve access to equal, unbiased care and equal health outcomes. Provides curricular resources and further reading. Site development in progress.
Among the 154 medical schools in the United States, Morehouse School of Medicine stands out for its formidable success in improving its surrounding communities. Over its history, Morehouse has become known as an institution committed to community engagement with an interest in closing the health equity gap between people of color and the white majority population. Describing the philosophical, cultural, and contextual grounding of the Morehouse Model, they give concrete examples of it in action before explaining how to foster the collaboration between community-based organizations and university faculty that is essential to making this model of care and research work.
Biographies and Memoirs of Black Healthcare Practitioners
Black Man in a White Coat by Damon Tweedy
Publication Date: 2016-09-06
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One doctor's passionate and profound memoir of his experience grappling with race, bias, and the unique health problems of black Americans.
Michele Harper is a female, African American emergency room physician in a profession that is overwhelmingly male and white. The Beauty in Breaking is the poignant true story of Harper's journey toward self-healing.
The accomplishments of pioneering doctors such as John Peter Mettauer, James Marion Sims, and Nathan Bozeman are well documented. It is also no secret that these nineteenth-century gynecologists performed experimental caesarean sections, ovariotomies, and obstetric fistula repairs primarily on poor and powerless women.
In Breathing Race into the Machine: The Surprising Career of the Spirometer, science studies scholar Lundy Braun traces the little-known history of the spirometer to reveal the social and scientific processes by which medical instruments have worked to naturalize racial and ethnic differences, from Victorian Britain to today.
Medical Apartheidis the first and only comprehensive history of medical experimentation on African Americans. Starting with the earliest encounters between black Americans and Western medical researchers and the racist pseudoscience that resulted, it details the ways both slaves and freedmen were used in hospitals for experiments conducted without their knowledge-a tradition that continues today within some black populations.
Racism, Disparities, and Activism in Healthcare and Medicine
From the American Academy of Medical Colleges. Exploring the role of unconscious bias in seven key areas of academic medicine, this publication is an insightful look into both the understanding of the benefits of diversity and inclusion, as well as a summary of potential interventions to remediate the biases present in modern academic medicine.
This groundbreaking book by the acclaimed Dorothy Roberts examines how the myth of biological concept of race--revived by purportedly cutting-edge science, race-specific drugs, genetic testing, and DNA databases--continues to undermine a just society and promote inequality in a supposedly "post-racial" era.
What happens to black health care professionals in the new economy, where work is insecure and organizational resources are scarce? In Flatlining, Adia Harvey Wingfield exposes how hospitals, clinics, and other institutions participate in "racial outsourcing," relying heavily on black doctors, nurses, technicians, and physician assistants to do "equity work"--extra labor that makes organizations and their services more accessible to communities of color.
Drawing on extensive historical research as well as interviews with former members of the Black Panther Party, this text argues that the Black Panther Party's focus on health care was both practical and ideological. The Black Panther Party's understanding of health as a basic human right and its engagement with the social implications of genetics anticipated current debates about the politics of health and race.
How the female body has been racialized for over two hundred years. Fearing the Black Body argues convincingly that fat phobia isn't about health at all, but rather a means of using the body to validate race, class, and gender prejudice.
Offers an innovative plan to eliminate inequalities in the American health care and save the lives they endanger Over 84,000 black and brown lives are needlessly lost each year due to health disparities: the unfair, unjust, and avoidable differences between the quality and quantity of health care provided to Americans who are members of racial and ethnic minorities and care provided to whites.
From race-based pharmaceutical prescriptions and marketing, to race-targeted medical "hot spotting" and the Affordable Care Act, to stem-cell trial recruitment discourse, Subprime Health is a timely examination of race-based medicine as it intersects with the concept of debt.
A partnership between Atlantic Magazine's COVID Tracking Project and Boston University's Center for Anti-Racist Research (founded by Ibram X. Kendi). Works to provide complete and up-to-date race and ethnicity data on COVID-19 in the United States.
Black Mamas Matter Alliance is a Black women-led cross-sectoral alliance. We center Black mamas to advocate, drive research, build power, and shift culture for Black maternal health, rights, and justice.
Nefertiti Austin shares her story of starting a family through adoption as a single Black woman.
We Live for the We by Dani McClain
Publication Date: 2019-04-02
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A warm, wise, and urgent guide to parenting in uncertain times, from a longtime reporter on race, reproductive health, and politics In We Live for the We, first-time mother Dani McClain sets out to understand how to raise her daughter in what she, as a black woman, knows to be an unjust--even hostile--society.
Battling over Birth by Julia Chinyere Oparah; Helen Arega; Dantia Hudson
Publication Date: 2017-12-02
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"Battling Over Birth: Black Women and the Maternal Health Care Crisis reveals hard truths- powerful findings on the role of racism, coercion, inadequate prenatal care, the pressures undermining breastfeeding and the lack of access to alternatives to a broken maternal health-care system as key threads of black women's birth experiences." -Kimberly Seals Allers, MS, author, The Big Letdown
Racism and Disparities in Psychology and Mental Health
Though the origins of asylums can be traced to Europe, the systematic segregation of the mentally ill into specialized institutions occurred in the United States only after 1800, just as the struggle to end slavery took hold. In this book, Wendy Gonaver examines the relationship between these two historical developments, showing how slavery and ideas about race shaped early mental health treatment in the United States, especially in the South.
Even The Rat Was White views the history of psychology from all perspectives in the quest for historical accuracy. Histories and other background materials are presented in detail concerning early African-American psychologists and their scientific contributions, as well as their problems, views, and concerns of the field of social psychology.
Additional Web Resources on Health Disparities and Healthy Communities
The California Rural Indian Health Board provides advocacy, shared resources, training, and technical assistance that enhances the delivery of quality comprehensive health-related services to the Indian people of California
The California Black Health Network advocates for health equity by providing policy analysis, research and training that promotes best practices, which supports the creation of optimal conditions needed to sustain healthy Black people.