Episode 5: Health Disparity

Today is not our regularly scheduled episode. Instead, Robyn wants to talk to you all about health disparities, implicit bias in healthcare, and how racism is a barrier to wellness.

Your mission this week is to do something.

If you are looking for ways to help – whether in action or in research or monetarily, this Black Lives Matter card site is a great repository of links: blmsites.carrd.co


Same goes for the Northstar Health Collective, a collective of street medics in the United States. As of this posting they are not personally accepting donations, but are linking to other organizations as well. https://www.northstarhealthcollective.org/

A lot of reading has been done, and there is more still to do. For more information on health disparity and implicit bias, here are a lot of good links and starting points.


Physicians and Implicit Bias (abstract) https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11606-013-2441-1


Implicit Bias Within Health Care Delivery https://www.healthaffairs.org/do/10.1377/hblog20200108.34515/full/


Implicit Bias in Healthcare Professionals https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5333436/


Racial and Ethnic Disparites Continue in Pregnancy-Related Deaths https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2019/p0905-racial-ethnic-disparities-pregnancy-deaths.html


Hospitalization Rates and Characteristics of Patients [re: COVID-19] https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6915e3.htm?s_cid=mm6915e3_w


CDC Page on COVID-19 and Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/racial-ethnic-minorities.html


New York Times’ Race and Medicine: The Harm that Comes from Mistrust https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/13/upshot/race-and-medicine-the-harm-that-comes-from-mistrust.html


NPR’s state by state look at COVID-19 Racial Disparities https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/05/30/865413079/what-do-coronavirus-racial-disparities-look-like-state-by-state


Additional info to read up on

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5333436/ https://www.healthaffairs.org/do/10.1377/hblog20200108.34515/full/



The host of Healthy Geek Academy is Robyn Warren 

This show is produced and edited by Leah Cornish


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