Health disparities are preventable and mainly affect socially disadvantaged people- the minority, making this disadvantaged population face worse health outcomes. Stereotype threat is prominent as a result of the interactions between patients and health providers.
As a physician, I’ve seen disparities among my patients. I’ve seen it from my personal patient, but I’ve also seen it from other institutions especially in the research that we do, the environmental scans that we do, to how people are accessing health.
According to one study, Black patients are 22% less likely to receive pain medication than white patients. Based on existing data we know that zip codes impact one’s life expectancy and access to quality care.
Many people in the transgender community are arrested, criminalized, and incarcerated at high rates. In incarceration and when we’re detained we experience high rates of violence in those settings.
In some places there are no providers we work with a lot of youth gender clinics, working with transgender youths and a lot of times we hear of families having to travel hundreds of miles to go to a clinic
We are committed to ensuring that black and brown communities and people that are chronically ill from all socioeconomic status are treated with dignity and respect in their healthcare encounters.