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Week 5: Black Man in a White Coat: Narratives of Racial Inequity

*Damon Tweedy, Chapter 2: Baby Mamas and Chapter 4: Inner-City Blues from Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine (pgs 30-53; 78-102)

*Jennifer Okwerekwu, What Racism in Medicine Takes From Us

*https://www.npr.org/2010/02/01/123234261/excerpt-the-immortal-life-of-henrietta-lacksLinks to an external site.

How do these three writers share stories of racial inequity? Who is telling each story, and how does their perspective influence the narrative they share about inequity? What did you learn about health inequity through these narratives?

For the first half of class, we had the honor of guest speaker Dr. Duane Loynes, Associate Director of Equity and Culture at Rhodes College, joining us and teaching us about cultural humility. We each completed a cultural intelligence survey which involved evaluations by three people who know us in addition to our own self-reflection to assess our cultural humility.

Following this session, we engaged in the following writing prompt: Write about a situation where race impacted how a person was treated (in healthcare). Students had several powerful examples about race impacting patients within healthcare. We then introduced three questions to explore more deeply which we would continue to discuss in subsequent classes:

  1. How do we respond to these narratives in real-time?
  2. How do amplify the voices of those experiencing health inequity due to race?
  3. How do we change the dominant narratives about racial inequity?

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