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Health Equity   Recognizing our institutional power and collective talents and resources, CHIBE is examining how to use our research to remake the status quo and improve population health, especially among Black Americans who have suffered from racist policies and systems. Many CHIBE-affiliated faculty members are working to increase health equity and reduce health care disparities. Here's some of our work in the area of health equity If you'd like to partner with CHIBE on a health equity project, email us here Physician Bias What role do medical schools play in propagating physician bias? Read this paper to learn more...
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Fox: Black people are dying at alarming rates; What’s being done to address racial inequities in health care

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Communication gaps have existed between ethnicities and racial groups throughout time. However, when those gaps result in a lack of quality health care, people potentially die. Addressing those gaps is the main focus of Dr. Jaya Aysola, the executive director of Penn Medicine’s Center for Health Equity Advancement in Philadelphia. Dr. Aysola’s team has done numerous studies over the years, focusing on implicit biases which exist in doctors and other health care professionals. A recent study suggested ways to fix race-based discrepencies in health care start within their own house. Read more at Fox 43.

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Penn Today: How medical schools can transform curriculums to undo racial biases

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According to an analysis led by Penn Medicine researchers, medical school curriculums play a role in perpetuating physician bias. The researchers identified key areas in which curriculum misrepresented race in class discussions, presentations, and assessments. “In medical school, 20 years ago, we often learned that higher rates of hypertension in certain racial and ethnic groups, was due to genetic predisposition, personal behaviors, or unfortunate circumstances. Now we know this is not true. There are no characteristics innate to racial and ethnic groups, biological or otherwise, that adequately explains these differences. They stem, instead, from differential experiences in our society—it’s structural…

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Patient Engagement Hit: Revamping Medical Education to Address Racial Bias, Disparities

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Medical schools must consider how they should approach race in their curricula. Institutional racism in medical industries is gradually being recognized as a critical influence in health disparities, inequities, and racial bias. In a recently published paper, researchers asserted that previous medical school curricula focused on biological differences between races that led to racial health disparities, which is incongruent with today’s understanding of health disparities. “In medical school, 20 years ago, we often learned that higher rates of hypertension in certain racial and ethnic groups, was due to genetic predisposition, personal behaviors, or unfortunate circumstances,” Jaya Aysola, MD, MPH, study…

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Penn Today: How Health Systems Can Build a Culture of Anti-Racism

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Given recent events, health systems spoke out against racism and released unprecedented statements of solidary with the African-American community. “Statements are great but if they’re not backed up with actual action, then they’re meaningless,” says Eugenia C. South, an assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and faculty director of the Penn Urban Health Lab. South says there is a “segregated way of providing care, across all health systems,” borne from the insurance-driven nature of the health care industry. In primary care, resident clinics often serve people with Medicaid or those who are uninsured or under-insured, while faculty clinics…

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