Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) data is not yet universally collected by electronic health records, health systems, and researchers. Incorporating this data can help eliminate barriers to care, illuminate health disparities, and strengthen research. This discussion will...
In collaboration with the Harvard University Native American Program, the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine presents: Impact of Unresolved Trauma on American Indian Health Equity by Donald Warne, MD, MPH, Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Director, Indians into Medicine (INMED) and Master of Public Health Programs; Professor of Family and Community Medicine-University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
A young Black man arrives in the emergency room, doubled over in pain from a sickle cell crisis. “It’s an act,” says the attending physician dismissively. “I think he just wants drugs.” The attending refuses to prescribe the opioids he might give to a white patient in similar straits. Andrea Reid, MD ’88, associate dean for student and multicultural affairs for the Program in Medical Education and director of the Office of Recruitment and Multicultural Affairs at Harvard Medical School, witnessed too many such scenes as a trainee in Boston-area hospitals in the 1980s and ’90s.
MD students’ telehealth initiative provides pandemic support: The severe pain and lengthy hospital stay could have been avoided, said Angela, an undocumented immigrant from Colombia, if only the application she had submitted to receive Charity Care in New Jersey two months earlier had been approved, or if just one of the nearly 70 follow-up calls she made had been returned.
For Andrea Reid, the outpouring of interest in Harvard Medical School’s effort to combat racism has been affirming and heartening—scores of faculty and students have raised their hands to say, “I’m ready to help.”