Racism in Healthcare & Science



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

The New York Times, May 2021

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

The New York Times, April 2021

Black families at Seattle

Children’s face security at double

the rate of white families

Crosscut, April 2021

An Antiracist Agenda

for Medicine

Boston Review, April 2021

Health Disparities Hit 

Rural Children of Color Hardest

Axios, April 2021

In Arizona, Birth Workers of

Color Fight For More Access

NPR, April 2021

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


New England Journal of Medicine, April 2021

Medical Racism has Shaped

U.S. Policies for Centuries

AAIHS, March 2021

Stop Blaming Tuskegee,

Critics Say. It's Not An 'Excuse'

For Current Medical Racism

NPR, March 2021

Black maternal health

omnibus package introduced by Democratic lawmakers

The Hill, Feb. 2021

Black Americans should

face lower age cutoffs to

qualify for a vaccine

Washington Post, Feb. 2021

White people are getting

vaccinated at higher rates than

Black and Latino Americans

CNN, Jan. 2021

Prisons have already failed to

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

Vox, Jan. 2021

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

Where Are All the

Black Doctors?

WebMD, Dec. 2020

Say her name: Dr. Susan Moore

The Washington Post, Dec. 2020

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

ProPublica, Dec. 2020

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

Zora, Dec. 2020

In U.S. Cities, The Health Effects

of Past Housing Discrimination

Are Plain to See

NPR, Nov. 2020

Black Ambulance Pioneers

99% Invisible, July 2020

The Black American

Amputation Epidemic

ProPublica, May 2020

Eliminating Racial Disparities

in Maternal and Infant Mortality

Center for American Progress, May 2020

How we fail black patients in pain

AAMC, Jan. 2020

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

A Prescription for

More Black Doctors

NYT Magazine, Sept. 2015

A Century After the Tulsa

Massacre, Inequities in Medical Infrastructure Drive Health Gap

The Wall Street Journal, May 2021


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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


The Origin of Everything

Health Disparities in the Black

Community: Past & Present (12 mins)

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.)

Decolonizing Science


In Tuskegee, Painful History Shadows

Efforts To Vaccinate African Americans

(8 mins.)

Black History Year

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


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

Association of American

Medical Colleges

Racism and Health:

a Reading List

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Association of Black

Women Physicians


Black in 


Black Mamas

Matter Alliance


Black Men in

White Coats

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

National Black Leadership

Commission on Health

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Surge Reproductive Justice