Board certified ObGyn discusses race, healthcare disparities, racism, and medicine. What are the social and societal constructs of race and institutional racism that affect health and access to healthcare in the United States?

– ACOG Committee Opinion:
– Health Coverage for POC:
– Sterilized in the name of public health:
– Patient-physician social concordance, medical visit communication & perception:
– Resource List for Everyone to Be Less Racist:
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  1. This makes no sense. 'Black' people or african americans are Genetically very different to each other, and more often a 'Black' person is more closely related genetically to a 'White' person than other 'Black' person. So the medical and genetic difference based on race over a continent is just racist pseudoscience mainly perpetuted by north american science

  2. Thank you for using your platform to give more information on a big issue that people in my community face everyday. You and your channel are amazing, please keep spreading awareness about women's health in all aspects.

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  6. My family doesn't trust doctors. And they passed that sentiment on me and my sister. My father would tell us never go to the doctor unless its life threatening other than that avoid the doctor office like the plague. I went years as a kid and teen without going to the doctor for check ups. Something serious could be happening with me (god forbid that ever happens) and I wouldnt know it because I dont go to the doctor period.

    For centuries doctors have been experimenting on black people and its done generations of damage.

    We need to fix this issue because a lot of black people are dying from preventable diseases. And they could have gotten the help they needed, but the waters between black people and doctors are too muddy for that to be a possiblity.
    Majority of doctors think we have a high pain threshold, but that is further from the truth as you can get. I have a very low pain threshold. I dont like pain. So, if I complain about pain you know its something serious. I've been to the ER three times due to severe vertigo. I had to wait hours just to get looked over. The staff already knew what my diagnosis was and they took forever to even examine me and even longer to prescribe medication for vertigo.

    So, until the medical community makes some serious changes I will continue to be wary of doctors.

  7. Today I went to a VCU medical center in Richmond Va., to get my cataract removed in my right eye. I got there in time at 8:45 am And at 12 noon my female Indian Doctor started preparing a White female in the stall next to me, who had just arrived, in front of me for surgery ahead of me. So I left without the procedure at 12:10. Yes I am a Black male. Born at MCV/VCU in 1953. My mother worked there as a LPN for 34 years and I retired from there in 2018 having worked there since my first job there part time in 1967. YOU GUESTED IT I'M BLACK AND YES THEY HAVE A HISTORY OF HORRORS. AND YES THE WHOLE HOSPITAL IS WRAPPED AROUND THE WHITE HOUSE OF THE CONFEDERACY. SAME OLD, SAME OLD THINGS.

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  9. This is why it's good for black people to try to find a black doctor to help them with their problem So they can minimize the amount of medical racism they go through in this country.

  10. My family and I have never been racist. We are white, but we don't think we're better than anyone else cause of color of our skin that's stupid. And the color of our skin shouldn't affect any kind of quality of lives we all live. We should all get equal quality of life such as health care and so on. I'm so sorry of the ones who had died for a cause that should haven't been a thing at all. I know we can't change the past and how others were treated back then, but we can change for the future. So everyone can live happily with a high quality of life! Doesn't that sound awesome than people dying? I does to me.

    I really hope everyone can make it through this movement eventually. No one should have to die for any rights to get earned. That's just wrong. I really hope everyone can get along and try to be friendly as possible. Please, it's better to care for others than to hate. If you're a hateful person, then that's just sad. I love accepting everyone for who they are rather than judging by what shade they are! Please do well to be safe everyone 😀

  11. Wow. I just stumbled upon your channel, and I really appreciate this video.

    I am a white man married to a mixed Latina woman. My wife is pregnant, and going to the hospital with her has been so enlightening when it comes to this issue. Your point about their being a severe lack of trust is spot on.

    Hospital visits with my wife are anxiety inducing enough, but the worst feeling is when a white man or woman comes into the room to check her out. I immediately sense the discomfort coming from the doctors or nurses dealing with us, and I genuinely believe that it's just anxiousness on their part, that may be completely benign but is still unsettling.

    For context, my wife had some spotting one morning after a night that we decided to be intimate with each other. We had a scare early on in the pregnancy where we thought she miscarried, but after a doctor visit that actually was very delightful and reassuring, we happily found out everything was okay. So when she had spotting again we were scared and went back to the same hospital to the emergency room just to make sure everything was alright.

    This experience was really upsetting. The white nurses, who were very young and one was a student, who came into our room were clearly nervous when talking to my wife and I. They spoke quickly and everything felt rushed, they weren't very soothing or reassuring, nothing was a clear "yes" or "no" answer, and they didn't really ask us deep questions about what our concerns were. I chalked it up to them being inexperienced maybe and just nervous, but even when an actual expert came in, white man, it was the same thing. My wife preferred having a woman so here pelvic exam, and the young student ended up being the one to do it. Again very nervous and anxious, and when my wife would express concern or worry about what they wer doing, they would be pretty flippant in response.

    They were not gentle AT ALL with my wife's body, and afterward they just ignored us as they typed on their computer everything. It just felt like they were burdened by my wife because she was asking them questions and expressing concerns. Even after the exam was done and they came back, nothing was a straight yes or no. And we just felt very confused and more upset after the whole experience.

    Her OB/GYN is a Cuban woman, and almost all the workers in her clinic are Puerto Rican or Dominican, all women. My wife's experience there was the completely opposite. Every questioned was answered definitively, they were gentle and warm, reassuring, and they all were also mothers themselves, which I personally think is an important qualifier for the field of OB/GYN. We will only be going to them for medical visits from now on.

    I'm not going to chalk it up to racism because I think that those nurses were just young and inexperienced and nervous. But this is just one of many times where, when we've gone to the hospital for other reasons, even for myself, and the staff was mostly white, they way my wife was spoken to, they way they addressed us, the vibes they gave off, all were very uncomfortable and even invalidating. Whereas our experiences with non-white medical workers was always positive and reassuring.

    I request non white medical workers when I can, I know that sounds messed up l, but I don't care. I'm a white man, and I have the privilege to ask that, and I know that when I ask that and they have black or brown doctors/nurses on staff they'll bring them to me. I just feel like black/brown medical workers, in my experience, are more attentive, they listen better, they are more reassuring, and just overall provide a better experience.

    I'm certain there are many white medical workers who do a fantastic job as well, like yourself doc, but when it comes to my wife I don't take any risks. We prefer non-white doctors/nurses and that's just what it is. Call me racist or whatever but itf white medical workers want my wife and I as patients then we're gonna need more positive experiences from them. In the meantime, I'm gonna stick to my preference.

  12. I thank you for your honest approach and response to this uncomfortable topic. As a black woman who has always had medical insurance because I’ve worked with companies that has provided access to it. I’ve experienced so many disappointing situations with doctors and at the time had no idea that it was based on a racist system in healthcare. Now that I have a physician that has helped me by generally applying best practices regardless of my skin color, it gave me an unfortunate hurtful clarity. I have had years of dealing with menorrhagia where my period stayed on for months giving me dangerously low hgb. 4.7 at one time. I had hursuitism, obesity, acne, unexplained pelvic pain, and elevated a1c. I researched my symptoms and asked my doctor at the time if he could test me for PCOS. He told me I didn’t have it and said to just get a gastric bypass and looked annoyed at the fact that I would even question if I should get this surgery. He happened to not be in one day and I saw another physician and told him about my symptoms and he immediately wanted to rule out PCOS and within a day I was diagnosed because the image of my ovary showed it being enlarged and had the string of pearl cysts. That doctor happened to be a black man and the one previous was white. I made him my new doctor and he has shown compassion and truly listened, examined, and treated me to the best of his medical knowledge and he takes his time to explain things. It made me wonder if my primary care doctor was also knowingly or unknowingly taking necessary steps or missing diagnosis and treatments. He definitely is. I realized that I had complaints of knee pain and he’s never touched or examined my knee. I told him that it’s time for my physical labs because I get them around my birthday so that I can remember and I was concerned because I wanted to see if I was still borderline diabetic. He pushed the labs about six months later and he asked me to see his nurse practitioner from now on. I had never complained or been rude or non compliant. I’m not on any pain medication and I barely go unless it’s a physical. I changed to another doctor and my knee was finally examined and I got labs showing a high Utica acid level and X-rays showing arthritis. I’m paying almost $500 a month for medical insurance for myself and my son and I couldn’t get proper treatment. So it’s quite sad that whether you have insurance or not, you still have a disadvantage in healthcare that could potentially lead to worse quality of life or death due to systematic racism in the practice of medicine.

  13. I unsubscribed to you. If you support Black Lives Matter you are the problem. During those riots a lot of white people were brutally beaten up and some killed. You don't care about that because you have a need to virtue signal to make yourself look and feel good. I was going to turn my niece who is a NICU Nurse on to you, but now I will not.

  14. And I can tell you as a brown person to a white privilege woman to:
    1. Don’t tell people who don’t want socialize medicine that they are “racist”
    2. That “everyday racism” is the main thing for poor health outcomes.
    I can tell you this, I’m first generation American, my mom is from Mexico and my dad is from Venezuela (but born to Cuban parents), and I cannot stand by letting crazy left-wing Democrats, which yes (I am a Democrat), making healthcare free. Do you really think that poor people will receive better healthcare than rich folks? I can sure tell you, that the answer is no. Rich people will always get better healthcare because of money and it doesn’t matter how much legislation is put at play, rich folks will always be better off.

    Funny how she doesn’t mention abortion when it comes to non-whites, when it’s well documented that abortion is the main reason why blacks are 13% of the population. Notice how she doesn’t mention abortions that have systematically operated in communities where there is not that many whites.

    And because this doctor isn’t about a dollar, she should give up her $200K a year from her hospital and get a base salary of $50K to treat poor communities (even whites), and give $150K to fund socialize medicine, since she didn’t went into the field of medicine to become rich.

  15. I've been binge watching you channel after recently finding it over the last two days. and this video made me click subscribe. Its AMAZING, factual and important. As a black woman I've always wanted children, but I am fearful. I know statics are against me in many negative ways, and after seeing your videos, a lot of negative stats are mentioned (in other videos not just this one where that is the point of it). Obviously I haven't seen all your videos yet, but I'd love to hear the positive stats for black women. I know it can't all be negative. Like black women being more likely to have twins than other races, that's exciting haha Thanks for all you do!

  16. To those calling this virtue signaling- If I can either be silent or express my opinion, along with the medicine, and signal to my virtue (of being supportive to the black lives matter movement) then I choose virtue signaling. Because virtue signaling with a purpose of education is valuable.