- Tanya Vishnevsky, PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist & owner, Natick Counseling, Buckingham, PA
- Gretchen Buchanan, PhD, LMFT, LADC, Postdoctoral Fellow, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
Health equity and health disparities are buzz words these days, and you may have a good understanding that BIPOC patients and providers struggle with less-than-adequate care and support in their work. You might have even learned in school about a couple particularly egregious experiments in history that resulted from racist beliefs, such as the Tuskegee experiment where African American men with syphilis were actively withheld proper care. However, there is more to racism in the medical and behavioral health fields. While an hour will just scratch the surface, we invite you to learn your own history and gain a better understanding of how racism has warped the views of medical and behavioral health providers in the U.S. in the past and how it continues to have an influence today.
- Define health disparities.
- Identify at least one racist myth that resulted in harm to BIPOC patients in the past.
- Identify at least one racist myth that is still perpetuated today.