We wholeheartedly support the Black Lives Matter movement and the protesters demanding institutional change.
Racism is systemic and multiform, ranging from blatant police brutality, the murder of our community members, and white supremacy to subtle forms of discrimination. Science and healthcare have historically exploited and downcast the needs of Black Americans. The scientific and medical community must do better to address these disparities. We must all be committed to not only opposing racism, but to also being actively anti-racist. This includes educating ourselves and one another on how we can work to eliminate injustice, oppression, and inequity. We must examine our own practices and do more to include people of color in science, medicine and research.
Here is a list of resources to help address racial inequalities, especially in healthcare. We focus on education, activism, and action (including volunteering and donation).
Compared to White Americans, African Americans are:
In order to ensure lasting change, we must translate our education into policy at a local and federal level.
Socioeconomic status is one of the primary drivers of health outcomes and exacerbates healthcare disparities for African Americans. We support an investigation of solutions to address institutionalized wealth inequality by passing H.R. 40. This legislation would create a commission to study the historic effects of slavery and discrimination and recommend appropriate remedies. We cannot move forward as a nation without fully understanding and confronting the failures of our past.
The following policies aim to address healthcare disparities:
Improving STEM education has the potential to increase diversity in the healthcare workforce. Here are a few STEM organizations where you can volunteer your time:
Here are a few organizations that you can donate to: