Doctors need to talk openly about race — our patients depend on it

By Aisha Wagner

Once again, Black History Month has ended and led us directly into Women’s History Month. Despite these back-to-back opportunities, we are still not talking enough about the ways our society is failing these populations, especially women of color.

I confess that I’ve been a part of the problem—keeping my head down and mouth shut as I made my way through training. But this year is different for me—it’s the first year I am in practice as a “full-fledged” physician, the first year where a president is injecting hate and fear into my heart and the hearts of my patients and community. It is also my first year as a pregnant Black woman in a country filled with health disparities, where pregnancy-related deaths are three times more likely in Black women than in White women.

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