In the podcast, Bignall discusses the importance of a systems-based approach in addressing racial injustices that impact patient care, and how this approach is essential in addressing broader injustices, such as poverty, income inequality, and environmental conditions.
ASN continues to move forward on its commitment to dismantle systemic racism in nephrology. These are complex issues that can limit the ability of nephrologists and kidney health professionals to provide optimal care to patients or to reach their full career potential.
This past week, I had the privilege of attending a panel discussion on health in the African American community hosted by my local church. Black community health professionals shared insightful advice, promoting health-seeking behavior in communities of color. Yet, when it was time for audience questions, the program took an unexpected turn: person after person lined up to share stories of mistreatment and disregard at the hands of medical professionals. It was painful to hear how little my community trusted health professionals like me to be a part of their healing.