Ep45: Interview: Racial Bias in Healthcare with Teniola Ongunro

Today, we collaborate with Teniola Ongunro, who hosts the excellent podcast ‘Not Defined By Endo’, to speak about racial bias in healthcare. Racial bias can be one of the most detrimental and undercutting barriers for BIPOC in getting proper diagnosis of their health problems and high quality treatment. We talk about what the racial bias is, how it may show up in doctors, some ways it can affect healthcare (including endometriosis), how it’s intertwined with other barriers for healthcare, and what we can do about it. 


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Just Medicine: A Cure for Racial Inequality in American Health Care Book by Dayna Matthews

So You Want to Talk About Race Book by Ijeoma Oluo.

How We Fail Black Patients in Pain.

Research explores racial bias in medical care across nations.

Racism, Inequality, and Health Care for African Americans

Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Pregnancy-Related Deaths — United States, 2007–2016

US Department of Health and Human Services. Profile: Black/African American

Racial Bias Found in a Major Health Care Risk Algorithm

–FitzGerald, C., Hurst, S. Implicit bias in healthcare professionals: a systematic review. BMC Med Ethics 18, 19 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12910-017-0179-8


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Myths and Misconceptions Perpetuating Racism in Endometriosis, Infertility, and Pelvic Pain. – Fantastic article which features several African American advocates and their experiences and advice on navigating endo.

Black Man in a White Coat Book by Damon Tweedy

Ted Talks: The Link Between Health and Racism – There are several videos here on racism and health care.

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