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History of Race and Medicine in the United States - Online Program

Apr 16, 2024 6:00:00 PM / by Brooke Kochanski

Delve into the complex and intertwined history of race and medicine in the United States, gaining valuable insights into the pervasive presence of structural racism within the healthcare system. By participating in the online program led by esteemed expert Dr. Jennifer Schaal, you will have the opportunity to deepen your understanding of how racist ideologies have shaped the development of American medical systems.

Uncover the structural aspects of the American medical system that have been deeply rooted in racist ideologies, hindering the full participation and equitable treatment of all individuals. By participating in this program, you will not only expand your knowledge of the historical injustices within the healthcare system but also gain valuable insights into how we can collectively work towards dismantling systemic racism in medicine. Join us and get signed up for this online program today.


History of Race and Medicine in the United States
What can we learn about structural racism in medicine?
Online Program - Register today at no cost and complete at your own pace



  • Discuss the intersections between race and racist ideas and the development of American medical systems.
  • Identify specific historical events during the creation of the American medical system that prevent full participation of black Americans and other Americans of color even today.
  • Identify structural aspects of the American medical systems which have a foundation in racist ideas.


Jennifer Schaal, MD is a trainer and organizer with the Racial Equity Institute. She retired in 2006 from practicing gynecology at Greensboro Women’s Healthcare in Greensboro, NC. Dr. Schaal is a founding member of the Greensboro Health Disparities Collaborative (GHDC), a community-based participatory research (CBPR) group based on anti-racism principles. She is a member of the board of directors for The Partnership Project, an anti-racism organization and partner of the GHDC. As a medical-community member of the GHDC, she has actively participated in multiple research projects in various capacities, including the NCI-funded CCARES (Cancer Care and Racial Equity Study), and Accountability for Cancer Care through Undoing Racism and Equity (ACCURE), and the “Respectful Prescribing” study, a pilot study for the Community Translational Science Award Grant Application by the UNC Center for Community and Clinical Research. She was an active participant in the development and implementation of the GHDC’s Health Equity Training. With academic and community partners, she has served on multiple advisory boards, delivered keynote addresses and scientific presentations and co-authored peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. She is an active member of the Guilford Anti-Racism Alliance and has been a trainer for the Racial Equity Institute since the fall of 2016.


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Tags: Social Determinants of Health, Medicine, health equity, equity, race, history

Brooke Kochanski

Written by Brooke Kochanski

Marketing & Communications Specialist at Northwest AHEC

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