Practicing Health Care While Black

While headlines highlight COVID-19’s disproportionate toll on black communities, few discuss the potential added dangers to black doctors and nurses who work in underserved minority communities. They are serving patients who often “can’t afford primary care physicians, use the emergency room for medical care, and often have extensive pre-existing conditions,” writes Adia Harvey Wingfield, who studies the experiences of black health workers. 

These practitioners also experience added stress from defending minority patients from white colleagues’ stereotypes, writes Wingfield, a Washington University in St. Louis professor. 

To shift the balance, medicine must accelerate its diversity efforts—and reward health care workers who take on the most underserved patients. 

Harvard Business Review 

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