Solving health disparities

Lloyd Dean of CommonSpirit Health and Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice of Morehouse School of Medicine discuss a new program aiming to train more Black doctors
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I wanna just encourage. The people that look like me that are skeptical based on none history have taken vaccines. That. I was not singled out to take a vaccine because of the color of my skin. I am I wanted to tape a Maxine I wanted you I wanted you to see me taking the vaccine. Somebody. I hope that I can inspire you. Time to take the vaccine the vaccine is being offered. To a diverse group of people and so I encourage you to take the vaccine listen to the science. I was near seniors Sandra Lindsay the first person in the US outside of trials to get the cove in nineteen. Encouraging all Americans. To get it too but also speaking to black Americans according to the CDC black Americans are three point seven times more likely to be hospitalized. And two point eight times more likely to die from cove at nineteen than nonhispanic white Americans are. But 35%. Of black Americans still say they would not get the vaccine. Even if it was proved safe demonstrating the communities distrust in health care systems. Because of historic deception by health care providers. Now Morehouse School of Medicine in common spirit health care are partnering to address the underlying causes of health disparities and train more black physicians. Morehouse medical school dean doctor Valerie Montgomery rice in common spirit CEO Lloyd dean. Joining us now for more on this new program good afternoon to both thank you for being here. Think he's been answered. Lloyd I wanna start with cute how this program come about what inspired you do this. One of the challenges that this nation has been dealing with for decades has been health disparities and health. I inequities are particularly. In communities. A color. In one of the things that the virus has shone a light on is that African Americans. And blacks. Have been disproportionately. Impacted. Through deaths. In testing positive. Off the war the virus. In as we look at the heart of biggest challenge. Wanted to key factors. Is a lack. Of black physicians. And clinicians. So we are very proud to be in partnership. And to share this partnership. With the Morehouse. School of Medicine. Wondered vis this nation's most premier. Our providers. Are in educators. Of black physicians. Are and black clinician. It's ends actor Montgomery rice you promise to annually support 300 additional under represented providers in completing their residency. And support a pipeline of students LB recruited from communities and have a historical provider shortage. Why isn't so important to deal with these issues at the provider level first. Of course the wrong one of the things that we know if the area cries of trust and relationship. And do you most trust relationship that I am aware are particularly comes to a patient make a decision about his or her care. Is there with her his or her provider. And that's why talked about we know that there is under representation. On Iraq and other minority physicians in communities particularly communities underserved. So we certainly don't we can educate and train more providers. More clinicians who actually comes from those communities. We will CEOs who removed from I don't know that vaccine. It says agent Maxine acceptance particularly of we don't have another pandemic. And this really timely that this is happening now. This this relationship is going to allow for us to die broke. The class size of whorehouse Truman has the students were stunned at first two years but the house. And we will they have recruited I was students some regions. Where common spirit help is located. And so you won't see those students going back in that are important here. And actually have a grip kernel core experiences. In Dallas hospitals but also establishing tin news sites. Or residency Chiming in and and we literally have the Christians don't endured residency training in Canada its facilities there aren't true and I'm persons who come from communities where I'm back to those communities and caring for those communities. It's on the go program that will then help to maintain itself going forward and light I know that. This program minute cell bid looks very long term but you're also trying to combat some of these health disparities as they relayed to co bit. Right now can you tell me a little bit about those efforts. Yes we are dolby. To go deep into chronic conditions and we know that. In communities up caller we know that in. Black. Communities. That one of the things that is preventing or caused. From preventing us from moving forward. To address. Be underlying causes. Is. Position. In clinicians. Access. And there is no questions and studies. Have shown. That when our patients and members of a community. It's have access. Took clinicians simply admit physicians that look like them that understand them better Ab. Cultural sensitivities. In awareness. Bet they tend to engage. In. Their treatment process are in a way that when they don't. Have access. Two people of color a light themselves. That this lingering challenge. Continues. I'm word and on. Doctor Valerie Montgomery rice and Lloyd dean thank you both so much.

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