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On the Distrust & Disparities podcast we explore cases of medical inequalities and injustices faced by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. We examine the unique barriers and challenges BIPOC encounter while navigating the American healthcare system. We discuss how BIPOC often feel unseen and unheard when seeking medical care. And we dive into the origins of racial bias within the healthcare system. We also highlight organizations and individuals working with marginalized communities to d ...
 
It's a misconception that inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, does not affect minorities. This limited series explores how the healthcare system is underserving minority and LGBTQ patients with IBD. Physicians, industry, and legislators need to understand how inequalities affect the IBD community and what needs to be done to improve patient care.
 
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Content Warning: We discuss mental health, death, and suicide in this episode, listener discretion is advised. In episode 17 we point out some of the mental health disparities that exist in the African American community. We discuss our own mental health journeys, struggles, and what we have learned about ourselves. And we highlight BEAM, the Black…
 
In episode 16 we discuss environmental racism and Black families. We cover Gordon Plaza, a New Orleans housing development specifically built for Black first time home buyers. The residents were not told that their dream homes were built on top of a landfill saturated with toxins harmful to their health. And we highlight the Residents of Gordon Pla…
 
Content Warning: We discuss child abuse allegations and briefly mention suicide (22:50-23:05) in this episode, listener discretion is advised. In episode 15 we discuss how systems meant to protect children are traumatizing black families. We cover Syesha Mercado’s story, a black mother whose child was taken from her after trying to receive help wit…
 
In episode 14 we discuss Black midwives and Margaret Charles Smith’s story. She was a distinguished Alabama midwife who delivered over 3,500 babies and never lost a single mother during childbirth. And we highlight the National Black Midwives Alliance (NBMA), an organization that advocates for legislative actions that address disparities in materna…
 
In episode 13 we discuss conservatorships and specifically how they are used for people with dementia. We cover Nichelle Nichols’ story, the groundbreaking African American actress known for her role in Star Trek. We delve into how people have prayed upon her vulnerability due to her dementia and the debate around her conservatorship. And we highli…
 
With data from Pfizer suggesting that a 4th COVID-19 vaccine shot is needed for protection, we call attention to the unjust reality that most people living in low-income countries have yet to even get their 1st dose. This episode introduces WHO's COVAX program, civil society organizations, and evaluates their joint efforts to vaccinate impoverished…
 
In episode 12 we discuss kidney disease and how it disproportionately affects African Americans. We cover Nichole Jefferson’s story, a black woman who was unable to get on the kidney transplant list due to a diagnostic kidney test that overestimates Black people’s kidney function compared to non-Blacks. And we highlight the Northwestern Medicine Af…
 
In episode 11 we continue our discussion of the notorious Tuskegee Syphilis Study, a horrendous example of medical exploitation inflicted upon African Americans. We cover how and why the study ended and its legacy. And we highlight PushBlack, a non-profit media organization that is dedicated to raising up Black voices. Visit the PushBlack website, …
 
In episode 10 we discuss the notorious Tuskegee Syphilis Study, a horrendous example of medical exploitation inflicted upon African Americans. And we highlight the United Negro College Fund that works to help underrepresented students become highly-qualified college graduates. Visit the United Negro College Fund’s website, https://uncf.org/, to lea…
 
This episode explains the science behind drug addiction (i.e. how our brains change with drug use) and the ongoing opioid crisis. Listen to find out how drug addiction is often driven by one's mental health challenges, lack of social support, housing circumstances, and childhood experiences—many of which are outside of one's control. Framing drug a…
 
In episode 9 we discuss Black maternal mortality and Kira Johnson, a black mother who died from a preventable hemorrhage after the birth of her second child. And we highlight 4Kira4Moms, the maternal health advocacy organization created by Kira’s husband Charles Johnson. Link to Charles Johnson’s interview describing Kira’s tragic story: https://ww…
 
In episode 8 we discuss Dr. Susan Moore’s tragic battle with COVID-19. She was a black doctor who took to social media to expose a hospital's racially biased treatment she received as a patient. And we highlight Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, an immunologist who was one of the scientists who helped develop the Moderna vaccine for COVID-19. Link to Dr. Moor…
 
This is part two of our Marginalized Women and Brazilian Butt Lifts discussion. On Episode 7 we continue our discussion about the dangers of the popular Brazilian Butt Lift cosmetic surgery procedure. We cover the stories of the victims of a notorious Miami clinic that performs many BBLs. And we highlight The Body Is Not An Apology, a movement star…
 
This is part one of our Marginalized Women and Brazilian Butt Lifts discussion. On Episode 6 we discuss the dangers of the popular Brazilian Butt Lift plastic surgery procedure. We cover a notorious Miami clinic that performs many BBLs, with some devastating results and the doctor who owns and operates this clinic, even though they are not a board …
 
On this week’s episode we continue the discussion of Henrietta Lacks, a black woman whose cells have made an enormous contribution to medicine and science. We talk about the complex distrust her family has of the medical system and their fight to control her story and her cells. And lastly, we highlight organizations created by the Lacks family to …
 
This is part one of our cervical cancer and Henrietta Lacks discussion. On this week’s episode we discuss Henrietta Lacks’ story and the disparity that remains in the diagnosis of and death from cervical cancer, especially in Black women. Henrietta Lacks is a Black woman who died of cervical cancer in 1951 but her cells have lived on and have made …
 
This episode explores what HIV is and the less obvious reasons why there are higher rates of HIV among sex workers, transgender women, and communities of color. Specifically, we dive into how a person's occupation, income, race, and gender identity can influence their vulnerability to HIV. We also discuss the role of stigma and discrimination in pe…
 
On this week’s episode we discuss domestic violence and black women. We cover Marissa Alexander’s story, a black woman sentenced to 20 years in prison for protecting herself from her abusive estranged ex-husband. And we highlight Survived & Punished, a coalition working to free criminalized and incarcerated survivors. Resources: https://www.freemar…
 
On this week’s episode, we discuss breast cancer and black women. We cover Ericka Hart’s (pronouns: she/they) story, a queer black femme who was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer at 28. And we highlight Touch: The Black Breast Cancer Alliance, an advocacy organization founded by Ricki Fairley, a triple negative breast cancer survivor. Resource…
 
Distrust & Disparities discusses cases of current and historical medical injustices within the American healthcare system that have led to deep rooted distrust within black, indigenous, and other communities of color. We get into how we can overcome this systemic mistreatment, advocate for ourselves, and close the gap on poor health outcomes and di…
 
In this episode, co-hosts Danlin and Hajar discuss the rise of virtual healthcare amid the COVID-19 pandemic and what it means for patients in the future. We explain the advantages and disadvantages of telehealth replacing in-person care, especially for taboo health problems such as sexual and mental health. Also, we discuss how telehealth exacerba…
 
In this episode, we talk about the financial, cultural, and social barriers faced by individuals seeking mental health services. We also highlight racialized and gendered disparities in mental health, with an elaborate discussion on the impact of societal gender norms on men's mental health. Moreover, we examine how the media perpetuates stigma aro…
 
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) affects people from all ethnic and cultural groups. In this limited series, we'll explore how inequalities in the healthcare system affect people from diverse backgrounds. One of the barriers to addressing disparities is money. It's an unfortunate fact that the healthcare system in the United States is intertwined w…
 
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) affects people from all ethnic and cultural groups. In this limited series, we'll explore how inequalities in the healthcare system affect people from diverse backgrounds. Healthcare is political. That's why it's important to push legislators to ensure care is available and accessible to all patients, regardless of …
 
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) affects people from all ethnic and cultural groups. In this limited series, we'll explore how inequalities in the healthcare system affect people from diverse backgrounds. IBD is still considered rare in some parts of the world, but incidence is increasing. Fasika Shimeles Teferra, MD of Ethiopia describes her journ…
 
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) affects people from all ethnic and cultural groups. In this limited series, we'll explore how inequalities in the healthcare system affect people from diverse backgrounds. What is it like to not have anyone on your medical team that looks like you or understands your concerns? The diversity of the human experience i…
 
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) affects people from all ethnic and cultural groups. In this limited series, we'll explore how inequalities in the healthcare system affect people from diverse backgrounds. Nutrition is a major component of managing digestive disease. Yet people living with Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, or indeterminate coliti…
 
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) affects people from all ethnic and cultural groups. In this limited series, we'll explore how inequalities in the healthcare system affect people from diverse backgrounds. Why do women of color encounter so many barriers when accessing care? Where are the spaces for black and brown patients to share their knowledge,…
 
In this limited series, we'll explore how inequalities in the healthcare system affect people from diverse backgrounds who live with IBD. Why is there a lack of people of diverse backgrounds who live with Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis represented in clinical trials? Why are there so many barriers for people of color in accessing IBD care? D…
 
In this episode, host Danlin interviews Aeda Bhagaloo, who works with Professor Anne-Emanuelle Birn at the University of Toronto to research health disparities in breast cancer. We discuss how narrative medicine, a commitment to understanding patients' lives beyond their disease, is crucial for the provision of more compassionate and humanistic hea…
 
Inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, which includes Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and indeterminate colitis, was previously thought of as a Western disease. IBD was also thought to mainly affect White people and people of Jewish heritage in developed countries like the United States, Canada, Australia, and the UK. However, these demographics …
 
This episode discusses how your gender identity can drastically transform your health due to gender norms and gender bias in medical research. We also converse about the dire health consequences resulting from the exclusion of transgender patients from conventional medical curricula and from society's lack of acceptance towards gender non-conformin…
 
This episode explores how political and environmental factors contribute to health inequities, causing health to be a co-responsibility shared by the individual and the society. Using breastfeeding, COVID-19, and the obesity epidemic as examples, we converse about how framing health as a matter of personal responsibility can obscure social injustic…
 
This episode discusses everything you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine, including its ingredients, side effects, and whether or not its rapid development compromised safety. More importantly, we examine how clinical trials required for any medical advancement, such as vaccine development, carry significant risks, but also enormous benefits. …
 
Tune into our first episode where we explain why campaigns designed to educate the public - especially marginalized communities - often do not work, and instead perpetuate stigma against the communities most at risk. We must be cognizant of the limitations upon individual agency and avoid attributing blame to individuals and communities lacking the…
 
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