Racism is making people sick — especially black women and babies, says Miriam Zoila Pérez. The doula turned journalist explores the relationship between race, class and illness and tells us about a radically compassionate prenatal care program that can buffer pregnant women from the stress that people of color face every day.
President Obama’s recent farewell address from Chicago hit home with me. Ever since the November election I’ve been thinking about ways to engage with others on the important issues we are facing while challenging my own implicit biases with specific actions. President Obama exhorted all of us to stay engaged. So what can we do? Like many, the new year always makes me want to set some new and aspirational goals. This year, those resolutions include taking action to confront implicit bias and to build greater cultural awareness. I am confident these goals help me personally, and may help others build stronger, more cohesive and collaborative communities.
Trevor Noah of “The Daily Show” and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton have recently invoked the notion of “implicit bias” and its effects on our society. Implicit bias lives beneath the surface of our unconscious and yet it shapes our attitudes and actions toward others. Recently, I asked a group of medical residents at our hospital to journal their experiences and observations in clinical settings and to describe how those implicit biases impacted patient care. I received the following examples: A Caucasian boy with an abscess was nearly discharged from the ER with a less-effective medication because his parents were young and not well dressed, leading physicians to assume he was on Medicaid. It turned out he had private insurance and could afford the right drug for his condition. In another instance, a young African American woman was considered a “drug seeker” because of multiple trips to the emergency department complaining of headaches. Residents believed there was nothing really wrong with her but an attending physician suggested a full neurologic work up; an MRI revealed a brain tumor. Indeed, the woman had a physiologic cause for her headaches. As these medical examples illustrate, implicit bias can be a life or death issue. Just as it can mean life or death in the streets of our cities, it is also critical in health care settings that implicit bias be recognized for entrenching health disparities and sustaining inequities.
Mental health was the most frequently cited concern among residents participating in Lakeland Health’s most recent community survey.
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Lynn Todman on Community Health Needs Assessment: 5 key questions to ask to develop a strategy to improve community health. Benton Harbor, Michigan Initiative: Women's Health Council and Barber Shop Screenings. Listen to the story: Public Policies have a critical impact on people's daily lives. Listen to Lynn Todman's overview: [...]
In recent weeks, California Newsreel has released a new documentary titled “The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation. It is a follow up to the documentary Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality making Us Sick? which effectively communicated the idea that health is, in large part, socially determined. The new documentary features [...]
Sorter School in Benton Harbor, Michigan where this series’ community based intervention occurred. Upon discovering that an overlay of maps revealed possible correlations between food deserts and violent crime in Chicago, Lynn Todman, PhD, began reading clinical research studies in order to better understand the relationship between diet and behavior. For several decades, scholars have [...]