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WEEK 4: PUBLIC HEALTH

TODAY'S CHALLENGE: RACISM AND BIAS IN MEDICINE TODAY

Have you ever been to the doctor and have them tell you that the pain or discomfort you are feeling isn't real or isn't serious? Do you worry that, in an emergency, unconscious bias could delay or deny you life-saving care? If you are a person of color this is an all to common experience. Today we are learning how a history of racism in American medicine combined with unconscious bias from health care professionals is impacting the quality of care that people of color receive today.

WE CHALLENGE YOU TO TAKE...

Watch this interview with Harriet Washington, author of "Medical Apartheid" who talks about how, even though the worst medical practices of 18th and 19th centuries are over, there are still a lot of medical research studies that can be abusive.
WATCH
Listen to this podcast about how unconscious bias becomes dangerous in emergency medical situations where providers are much more likely to default to making decisions based on stereotypes.
WATCH
Read this article about the dangerous racial and ethnic stereotypes that still exist in medicine today and how they impact the care that people of color receive from their healthcare providers.
READ
Read about how outbreaks of new diseases have historically lead to racial scapegoating and why we need to be vigilant against rising anti-Asian racism fueled by fear of Coronavirus.
READ
JOIN THE 21 DAY CHALLENGE FACEBOOK GROUP FOR CONVERSATIONS WITH FELLOW PARTICIPANTS
PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK ACTION ALERT

LEVEL 1: Learn how you can show support for First Year Cleveland's efforts to eliminate the racial maternal and infant mortality gap

LEVEL 2: Talk to your company/organization's HR department about their parental leave policy and other systems in place to support new parents.

LEVEL 3: Write a letter to your local elected officials urging them to declare racism a public health crisis.
MAKE A GIFT
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