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Legacy: A Black Physician Reckons with Racism in Medicine

On this edition of Your Call, Dr. Uché Blackstock discusses her new book, Legacy: A Black Physician Reckons with Racism in Medicine.Dr. Blackstock says it took her many years to fully understand the centuries of history underpinning racism in medicine today. It took her well into her career as an emergency room doctor to recognize the sheer scale of the problem. It wasn’t until the time of COVID and the Black Lives Matter protests of 2020 that she finally came into her power and truth as a Black doctor advocate on these issues. That’s also when she began to write her new book, which is already a New York Times bestseller.

Guest:

Dr. Uché Blackstock, physician, founder and CEO of Advancing Health Equity, former associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and former faculty director for recruitment, retention, and inclusion in the Office of Diversity Affairs at NYU School of Medicine

Resources:

The Washington Post: How tens of thousands of Black U.S. doctors simply vanished

PBS: American Black women face disproportionately high rates of maternal mortality

STAT: Living in a historically redlined area linked to worse heart health, study finds

The New York Times Magazine: Why doesn’t the United States have universal health care? The answer has everything to do with race.

The Atlantic: The Fight for Health Care Has Always Been About Civil Rights

Malihe Razazan is the senior producer of KALW's daily call-in program, Your Call.