The Lack of Black Representation in STEM Fields

  The Black Lives Matter movement is creating much-needed conversations regarding representation and equality. In our post, Distrust in Healthcare: Racial Bias and Representation, we point out that, although 13% of the U.S. population is Black, only 4% of physicians are Black. Without proper representation, communities of color may receive healthcare that relies on racial […]

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Wait, Racism and Environmentalism are Connected?

  As it turns out, fighting for Black communities can save the environment as well! Environmental racism is the term used to describe when racism and environmentalism collide. The name acknowledges that the existence of systemic racism has allowed POC and other minority groups to bear the brunt of pollution to land, air, and water. […]

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Examining the Lifespans of COVID-19 and Racism

Protesters have converted the 1.7-mile long fence surrounding the White House into a monument for racial injustice. The fence holds signs supporting the Black Lives Matters movement and memorializes members of the Black community killed by police.   In our other posts regarding the Black Lives Matter movement, we mentioned that two public health issues […]

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What the Racial Wealth Gap Means for Healthcare

  A lot has changed in the U.S. since the 1960s. Football, not baseball, is the most-watched sport. Fewer people are smoking. More people are getting tattoos. Cell phones are preferred over corded telephones. TVs are slimmer. Oh, and the internet exists! While many improvements have been made, the same cannot be said for the […]

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Distrust in Healthcare: Racial Bias and Representation 

  For most, healthcare has positive connotations. It’s an institution that adds to the quality and length of an individual’s life by working to prevent and treat disease, illness, and injury. White coats, the attire most physicians wear, echo this message, signifying cleanliness and purity.    Although medical professionals have changed many lives for the […]

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Health Disparities in the Black Community

  While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to plague the world, current and past killings within the Black community by law enforcement officers are making it clear that racism is a public health issue of pandemic proportions. The seriousness of this is made evident through efforts by Black-led organizations and protestors, both of whom are demanding […]

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Police brutaility being protested

Police Brutality: A Public Health Issue

  It is impossible to escape the horror of what happened to George Floyd on May 25. The ongoing racism and police brutality displayed by law enforcement is something to be addressed head–on as it’s a public health issue. Although this public health issue is often overlooked, it has a long and heartbreaking history in the U.S., one closely associated with race […]

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