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.
During the month of February (#blackhistorymonth), ASAA’s Speaker Series will provide our community the opportunity to hear from experts who focus on improving the quality-of-life outcomes for communities of color. The Speaker Series is every Tuesday at 3pm EST. On Feb 2nd we will have Dr. Alicia Chung, Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. Feb 7th will feature Dr. Tommy Begay, Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Arizona. And on Feb 23rd, we will feature a Spanish speaking episode.
We look forward to you joining the conversation this month, subscribe to our YouTube Channel or Facebook Page for reminders of our weekly video series. For more information on health disparities see the links below.