Health disparities adversely affect groups of people who have systematically experienced greater obstacles to health based on their racial or ethnic group. Most notable being the descendants of African slaves and indigenous tribes of colonial America. From the Tuskegee Syphilis Study to the cloning of Henrietta Lacks’ cells, Black people were subjected to countless medical studies and experiments. As recent as 2014, it is theorized that similar studies have been conducted.
While the medical community has turned away from condoning such inhumane practices- the memory of the offended are long, ingraining a lack trust of doctors, hospitals and receiving medical care. Good health is so important for the individual and the nation. The loss of trust would have to be turned around before healing and strengthening our communities can occur. So many nuances of life have habitually abused people of color at every turn in ways many Americans cannot imagine nor realize.
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