First Ever Racism Forum in NYC
Racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare exist and because they are associated with worse outcomes in many cases, are unacceptable. That is why Doctors for America, on March 12th, joined partners with the Coalition to Dismantle Racism in the New York City Health System at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai for a day-long action-oriented forum on racism in medicine. The event marked a historic day for the health community in New York City and for physician advocates across the country. Read on to learn more.
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"I don’t think anyone decides, 'I want to live in a neighborhood with really bad housing, or poor air quality,' she said. 'Nobody says, I really prefer a neighborhood where there is only fast food available. ... These are not personal choices. These are a lack of choice.' She argues that this persistent racism, with its historical roots dating back four centuries, helps explain why, for example, black infants in New York City are more than three times as likely to die as white infants."