Scott Memorial Library Resources on Racism in Healthcare

“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking & inhumane.” –

Martin Luther King Jr.

Like other American institutions, racism is entrenched in the healthcare system.

Things like implicit racial bias and the underrepresentation of Black voices in healthcare contribute to this country’s alarming health disparities.

The medical field has helped perpetuate inequity, and it is the responsibility of all of us to educate ourselves on racism in healthcare and actively work to dismantle it.

The Scott Memorial Library’s Diversity & Inclusion LibGuide shares many resources on diversity in the medical field. Topics include Sex and Gender, Disability, and more. In the list below, we call special attention to the resources that specifically address systematic racism in healthcare. This list* is not complete, but we hope acts as an introduction to the topic of racism as a health issue.

Articles & eBooks

Black and Blue: The Origins and Consequences of Medical Racism
John Hoberman

Blacks in Medicine: Clinical, Demographic, And Socioeconomic Correlations
Richard Allen Williams

Changing How Race is Portrayed in Medical Education: Recommendations From Medical Students
Edwin Nieblas-Bedolla, Brianna Christophers, Naomi Nkinsi, Paul Schumann, Elizabeth Stein

Diversity & Cultural Competence in Health Care: A Systems Approach
Janice Dreachslin

Encyclopedia of Race and Racism
Patrick L. Mason

Just Medicine: A Cure for Racial Inequality in American Healthcare
Dayna Bowen Matthew

Racism: Science and Tools for the Public Health Professional
Chandra Ford, Derek Griffith, Marino Bruce, Keon Gilbert

Structural Competency in Mental Health and Medicine
Jonathan Metzl & Helena Hansen

Video & Presentations

Confronting Racism, Bias, and Social Injustice in Healthcare: Five-Part Lecture Series
Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Thomas Jefferson University  

On Race in Medicine: Does it Really Matter?
Dr. Traci Trice, Thomas Jefferson University 

The Problem with Race-Based Medicine (TED Talk)
Dorothy Roberts

**Videos and presentations on the list are freely-accessible. Books and articles are available to Jefferson faculty, on-campus and distance students, employees, residents, postdocs and fellows of TJU, Jefferson Hospital and Methodist Division.**