“Many health care professionals go into health care to help people, no matter their race, socioeconomic status, or other identities. Even as white health care professionals start to learn about the systemic nature of racism, something that our Black and other colleagues of color have experienced their whole lives, we may still see health care as “different” from all those other systems out there that are racist. Because we care for people of all races and we think of ourselves as good people who have dedicated our lives to our profession, we don’t see ourselves in that narrative.
Unfortunately, health care is just as complicit as the other systems in our society. The data showing the disproportionate effect of COVID on Black and Latinx people wasn’t anything new; it was highlighting health care disparities and inequities that have been there for hundreds of years.”
Jill Wener is an internal medicine physician and can be reached at her self-titled site, Jill Wener, MD. Maiysha Clairborne is an integrative family physician and is the co-author of Conscious Anti-Racism: Tools for Self-Discovery, Accountability and Meaningful Change.
They share their stories and discuss the KevinMD article, “How the culture of health care perpetuates racism.”
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