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Confronting Medical Racism and Exploring Ethical Implications of the COVID-19 pandemic to Develop Strategies for a Better Future

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

For this event, ACHENTX is partnering with The DFW, Golden State and St. Louis Chapters of NAHSE.

The Covid-19 pandemic has shone a spotlight on the health inequities experienced by the Black community and other communities of color. The arrival of two safe and effective vaccines has ushered in the dawn of a new day. However, not everyone is fighting to be first in line. Why? The answer to this question lies within a quote from the late great Maya Angelou: “You can’t really know where you are going, until you know where you have been.” The systemic racism that has led to inequities in health, has also led to the mistrust experienced by minority communities. Many of these injustices are not discussed in professional settings, and as a result, has left the medical community with an unfortunate gap in generating strategic initiatives to solve some of these great problems. Understanding this history will help guide and inform policy makers and the medical community on the best way forward, as we look to bridge the divides that our history has created. These are unique times for us as healthcare leaders to learn, grow, and gain new perspectives on how to be a voice for, and best engage with the Black community. Join us for an engaging conversation on understanding historic to present day clinical and management insights that reflect the untold, but ever-present reality of marginalized communities, as well as steps the healthcare industry can take to improve our current situation.

This year’s topic will be: Confronting Medical Racism and Exploring Ethical Implications of the COVID-19 pandemic to Develop Strategies for a Better Future. Our featured speaker will be renowned author and medical ethicist Harriet A. Washington. Harriet A. Washington is a prolific science writer, editor and ethicist who is the author of the seminal book: “Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Experimentation from Colonial Times to the Present”. This groundbreaking book won a National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN/Oakland Award, and the American Library Association Black Caucus Nonfiction Award. She is also the author of five other well-received books, including “A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind” as well as the forthcoming “Carte Blanche: The Erosion of Informed Consent in Medical Research”, which will be published in 2021 by Columbia Global Reports.


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