Canada needs to eliminate anti-black racism in health care to address its detrimental effects on public health, the authors of one commentary argue C.M.J. (Canadian Medical Association Magazine)
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Racism has significant negative effects on the physical and mental health of black people. For example, the mortality rate from COVID-19 has increased significantly among black people in North America and the United Kingdom. Anti-black racism also exists in the medical system, which is pro- and anti-health care providers and less represented by black physicians.
“First, we in the health sector must acknowledge the existence of anti-black racism in our organizations and ensure meaningful, lasting change. This can be done by listening to the voices of Black Canadians, patients and health care professionals. By engaging, “Dr. Omisore Triton, University of Dalhousie, Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Oni Norom of the University of Toronto in Ontario are co-chairs of the Black Health Education Cooperation in Canada.
They recommend anti-racism training for health care providers, collecting racial data in collaboration with specific communities, addressing anti-racism in medical schools and the health system, and increasing access and enrollment for black students.
“The medical profession cannot deny or notice the existence of formal anti-black racism in Canada and how it affects the health of black people and communities. It is time to eliminate and acknowledge formal racism within our care institutions. Education,” they argue.
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