Sunday, January 15, 2023

Black Doctor me, please!

    I have always said when it comes to my experience with the healthcare system, I have gotten lucky. Before this cancer scare, I have loved all my doctors and never felt the need to question them. They made me feel safe and taken care of and this was despite their race. Call it naive, but I grew up with mindset of: The doctor knows best. Now, when you look at the statistics, that is just not the case for so many people of color. After experiencing some of those disparities myself, I realized I needed to make a change. 

    According to The CDC, Black women are three times more likely to die from a pregnancy-related cause than White women and this is statistic is not changing. These are things we have talked about for years now, but what is the real solution? I remember giving birth to my boys and each delivery being very scared to die (clearly that is a theme with me.) You see too many stories where a black woman goes in for a routine procedure and doesn't make it out when the odds were stack in their favor. It is sad and scary and something that not ALL races have to deal with, which is part of the reason I wanted to start this blog in the first place.

    Now, one thing I hate about being online these days is everyone pretends they know everything. You scroll down your timeline and there's a new guru everyday regurgitating what another guru said. I am not here to act like I know anything about the right steps needed to change this health care crisis, but I have some resources I would like to share that I think can help. For me it starts with finding a black doctor!

Some statistics I have found about having a black doctor are below:

  1. Research finds having a Black doctor results in a reduction in pain and anxiety for Black patients.
  2. Black men seen by Black doctors agreed to more preventative care services than those seen by non-Black doctors.
  3. Increased screening by a more diverse doctor workforce closes the life expectancy gap between whites and blacks. 

Aka, if you're black and reading this, GET YOU A BLACK DOCTOR.

    I have already emailed a few doctors from these websites, so I have linked them below to help you find one! The last two are not racially centered, but still great resources. Hopefully these help you like they are me! 
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