Empowering Black Girls May Help to Reduce Drug Use, YSPH Study Finds
Black girls make up a relatively small portion of the overall drug-using population. But their health consequences are more severe than most: Reproductive issues, fertility issues, sexually transmitted infections and trauma exposure are all obstacles they face at statistically higher rates compared to their peers.
Black Medicare Patients Have Higher Long-term Stroke Death Rates
A long-term study of Medicare patients finds that Black patients who have an ischemic stroke (blocked blood flow to the brain) die at a higher rate than white patients, even after accounting for preexisting health conditions, a preliminary study by researchers at the Yale School of Public Health finds.
Yale Psychiatry's Calhoun Asks: Is The Medical System Safe for Black Children?
For the second consecutive year, Calhoun was the only resident among a select group of speakers chosen to share their narrative stories about the patient experience and working as a doctor at the Feb. 3 Marjorie Rosenthal Pediatric Stories Grand Rounds. This year’s presentation was held virtually via Zoom. Calhoun’s speech, titled “Sour,” centered on her experience as a woman of African descent working in the medical field.
Donation Creates Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Fund at the Yale School of Public Health
The Yale School of Public Health’s ongoing efforts to promote diversity, equity and inclusion received a substantial boost recently with a generous donation from Dr. Pilar Vargas and her husband Dean Sten H. Vermund.
Yale School of Public Health Town Hall Focuses on Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice
More than 120 members of the Yale School of Public Health community participated in a virtual town hall this week to discuss ideas about how the school can better address diversity, inclusion and social justice moving forward.
Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. George Floyd. Say Their Names
2020 –The perfect vision year. A year for reflection. A time to contemplate what came before and what is ahead. Days into its sixth month, one thing is certain: 2020 has laid bare the results of an uncured and oft ignored disease that pervades our society–racism.
Protesting Amid a Pandemic
Public health is a diverse discipline. Here at Yale School of Public Health, we have researchers working on every aspect of the field, from basic laboratory science to evaluating the implications of social and economic policies on health outcomes. As protests have broken out across the country in the wake of the murder of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota, many have joined the marches, which have become a larger crusade against racism and white supremacy in American life.
We Can and Will do More
Throughout history, groups with resources and power have sought to exert control over other groups through violence. Terror and subterfuge were key tools in the subjugation and genocide of Native Americans and the theft of their lands. From the 16th to the 19th centuries, the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database suggests that 12.5 million Africans were kidnapped and shipped to the Americas. We have seen near-enslavement of Latinx and Asian persons for forced farm or railroad construction labor in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Click, Click, Cook: Online Grocery Shopping Leaves ‘Food Deserts’ Behind
A Yale University analysis found that most people in “food deserts” in eight states would increase their access to healthy, nutritious food if they purchase groceries online and had the food delivered as part of the federal government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Black Discusses Health Disparities, Racism in Hamden's Neighborhoods with New Haven Register
Hamden's neighborhoods with the greatest percentage of residents identifying as white have a higher average life expectancy than areas with more residents of color, who are more likely to experience adverse health outcomes, according to a new report. Carmen Black, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, who studies the effect of racial discrimination on patient care, discussed the report's findings with the New Haven Register.Source: New Haven Register
Excited Delirium: Valid Clinical Diagnosis or Medicalized Racism? Organized Medicine Needs to Take a Stand
The “diagnosis” of excited delirium, a term often used to justify and defend police brutality, disproportionately against Black people, has circulated in the medical canon for more than 25 years. It is time — past time, actually — for organized medicine to denounce its diagnostic validity and its use as a shield to justify excessive police force, writes Ayana Jordan, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Associate Residency Program Director.Source: Stat News
HEALTH NOTES: FDA Warns of Potential Inaccurate Readings of Pulse Oximeters, Citing Report on Race
Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an alert concerning the use of pulse oximeters to measure blood oxygen levels, warning that the devices “have limitations and a risk of inaccuracy under certain circumstances that should be considered.”
Understanding trauma: Yale physicians on bias in the ER
When third-year Yale emergency resident physician Dr. Isaac Agboola writes in the Annals of Emergency Medicine about the problem of bias in the emergency department, it’s a matter of personal as well as professional interest. As one of the few Black male physicians in his class of more than 60 residents, and the first in his family to attend college and pursue medicine, Agboola says he feels a unique responsibility to represent Black patients who are brought in for treatment. The article, “The Coats That We Can Take Off And the Ones We Can’t,” written by Agboola and co-authored by two assistant professors of emergency medicine, Dr. Ambrose H. Wong and Dr. Edouard Coupet, examines how bias influences emergency department treatment, particularly decisions over which patients must be restrained and/or sedated.Source: YaleNews