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Racism in Healthcare & Science


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Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy:

Our Maternal Death Rates Are Only Bad if You Count Black Women

Vanity Fair, May 2022

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Targeting the Uneven Burden of Kidney Disease on Black Americans

The New York Times, May 2022

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Working with a doula can be life-changing for mothers of color

Crosscut, June 2022

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FDA Takes Important Steps

to Increase Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Clinical Trials

FDA, April 2022

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Can We Build Less

Biased Medical Bots?

Reasons to Be Cheerful, April 2022

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Gaslighting of Black medical trainees makes residency

something to ‘survive’

STAT, March 2022

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Organ Transplants Reached a Record High Last Year. Why Are Black Donors Still So Rare?

Capital B News, March 2022

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North Columbia’s 29203

has high rate of diabetic amputations

The State, March 2022

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Raising The Stakes To Advance Equity In Black Maternal Health

Health Affairs, March 2022

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“Race norming” & the long legacy of medical racism, explained

Vox, July 2021

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The Historical Roots of

Mistrust in Science

American Bar Association, June 2021

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A Century After the Tulsa

Massacre, Inequities in Medical Infrastructure Drive Health Gap

The Wall Street Journal, May 2021

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They Haven’t Gotten a Covid Vaccine Yet. But They Aren’t ‘Hesitant’ Either.

The New York Times, May 2021

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Black Lives Are Shorter in Chicago. My Family’s History Shows Why.

The New York Times, April 2021

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Black families at Seattle

Children’s face security at double

the rate of white families

Crosscut, April 2021

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An Antiracist Agenda

for Medicine

Boston Review, April 2021

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Health Disparities Hit 

Rural Children of Color Hardest

Axios, April 2021

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In Arizona, Birth Workers of

Color Fight For More Access

NPR, April 2021

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Race, Policing, and History — Remembering the Freedom House Ambulance Service


New England Journal of Medicine, April 2021

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Medical Racism has Shaped

U.S. Policies for Centuries

AAIHS, March 2021

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Stop Blaming Tuskegee,

Critics Say. It's Not An 'Excuse'

For Current Medical Racism

NPR, March 2021

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Black maternal health

omnibus package introduced by Democratic lawmakers

The Hill, Feb. 2021

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Black Americans should

face lower age cutoffs to

qualify for a vaccine

Washington Post, Feb. 2021

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White people are getting

vaccinated at higher rates than

Black and Latino Americans

CNN, Jan. 2021

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Prisons have already failed to

contain Covid-19. What happens when the new variants arrive?

Vox, Jan. 2021

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Seattle Children's doctor

forced to resign after

complaints of racism

Crosscut, Jan. 2021


Revered doctor steps down, accusing Seattle Children’s

Hospital of racism

Crosscut, Dec. 2020

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Where Are All the

Black Doctors?

WebMD, Dec. 2020


Say her name: Dr. Susan Moore

The Washington Post, Dec. 2020

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How COVID-19 Hollowed Out a Generation of Young Black Men

ProPublica, Dec. 2020

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Descendants of Tuskegee Syphilis Study Survivors Say It Was Nothing Like the Covid-19 Vaccine

Zora, Dec. 2020

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In U.S. Cities, The Health Effects

of Past Housing Discrimination

Are Plain to See

NPR, Nov. 2020

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Black Ambulance Pioneers

99% Invisible, July 2020

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The Black American

Amputation Epidemic

ProPublica, May 2020


Eliminating Racial Disparities

in Maternal and Infant Mortality

Center for American Progress, May 2020

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How we fail black patients in pain

AAMC, Jan. 2020

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Myths about physical racial differences were used to justify slavery — and are still believed

by doctors today.

The NYT Magazine, Aug. 2019


A Preventable Cancer

is on the Rise in Alabama

The New Yorker, April 2018


A Why Are Black

Women Dying

UW Medicine,  2018


Black Women & Childbirth

NPR, Dec. 2017


America's Health

Segregation Problem

The Atlantic, May 2016

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A Prescription for

More Black Doctors

NYT Magazine, Sept. 2015

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For Black parents, barriers to postpartum mental health care begin before the first call for help

The 19th, August 2021

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Seattle Children’s releases

few details from completed investigation into systemic racism

The Seattle Times, July 2021

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Tulane School of Medicine

placed on probation by

accreditor amid allegations of racism, lack of diversity

The Lens, July 2021

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Negative descriptors are more

likely to appear in health records

of Black patients, study finds

STAT, Jan. 2022

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He Was Shot by a Stranger

but Treated Like a Criminal

When He Reached the ER

Time, Oct. 2021

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Why Many Black Americans Changed Their Minds About

Covid Shots

The New York Times, Oct. 2021

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How Abolition of Race-Based Medicine Is Necessary to

American Health Justice

AMA Journal of Ethics, March 2022

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Memorializing a

Medical Predator

The Forum, Jan. 2022

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Cervical cancer kills Black

women at a disproportionately higher rate than whites

NPR, Jan. 2022


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Reproductive Injustice: Racism, Pregnancy, and Premature Birth

Dána-Ain Davis, 2019


Sick from Freedom: African-American Illness and Suffering During the Civil War & Reconstruction

Jim Downs, 2015

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Just Medicine: A Cure for Racial Inequality in American Health Care


Dayna B. Matthew  2015


The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, & Reconciliation After the Genome


Alondra Nelson,  2016


Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology

Deirdre Cooper Owens, 2017


Black Man in a White Coat:

A Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine

Damon Tweedy 2016


Carte Blanche: The Erosion

of Medical Consent

Harriet Washington  2021


Medical Apartheid: The

Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present

Harriet Washington  2008


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The Origin of Everything

Health Disparities in the Black

Community: Past & Present (12 mins)

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Racism's corrosive impact on

the health of Black Americans


60 Minutes (13 mins)



Beyond the White Coat

Multiple episodes discussing racial

disparities in healthcare.


Backstory June

A History of Racial Disparity in Healthcare

June 2020 (58 mins.)

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Black Cancer

Black Cancer explores the cancer journeys

of everyday people of color. Host Jodi-Ann Burey weaves a narrative about race, health, and life and helps listeners discover the wisdom trauma can bring.

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Black History Year

What You Need To Know About Medical Racism with Harriet Washington (38 minutes)

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Decolonizing Science

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In Tuskegee, Painful History Shadows

Efforts To Vaccinate African Americans

(8 mins.)

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3000 by 2000: A history of the

visionary campaign to diversify

med schools, and what got in its way

(11 mins.)

Additional Resources

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Health Equity

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Association of American

Medical Colleges

Racism and Health:

a Reading List

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Association of Black

Women Physicians


Black in 


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Black Doc Village

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Black Mamas

Matter Alliance


Black Men in

White Coats

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Black Perspectives

Syllabus: A History of Anti-Black Racism in Medicine


Black Women’s

Health Imperative


COVID Racial Data


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Doctor for a Day

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National Birth 

Equity Collaborative

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National Black Leadership

Commission on Health

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Surge Reproductive Justice 


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Criminalizing Abortion Will

Hurt Black Women Most

The Washington Post, June 2022

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Some Black abortion providers

are considering leaving the field

for fear of prosecution

NBC News, June 2022

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Philadelphia created American obstetrics. Black women were exploited from the start.

The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 2022

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