Reproductive health and racial disparities
There is no denying it, the medical system has a long history of racism and mistreatment. From the overt, like medical experimentation on slaves in the U.S and indigenous children in Canada, to the more subtle, like lack of representation of a variety of ethnicities when creating and testing the safety of new drugs. While these disparities cannot be dismantled in a week (or apparently hundreds of years), we can and must take action through small steps every day. First, acknowledgment. Second, education. Third, action.
My action for the day is to compile blogs I and others have written, as well as resources on ways to support reproductive health specifically for people of African heritage.
If you have resources you think I should see and include, please feel free to email me at Emilie@acubalance.ca I would love for my resource list to grow along with my ability to better support each individual patient who walks through the door, so please don't be shy!
Black history month blog series:
Pregnancy : Blackdoctor.org
Pregnancy hypertension/preeclampsia: Blackdoctor.org
Organizations doing great things for black women's health: The black women's health imperative
Education and advocacy: bc community alliance