We Stand with the Black Community
MadLab Group’s mission is to professionalize the preventative healthcare industry through education.
We operate with integrity and this moment is no different. We stand with the black community – but as far as education – it would be disingenuous for us to attempt to educate on anti-black racism in police brutality other than to condemn it. We are not experts and there are plenty of people who are.
We are experts in Preventative Healthcare.
Although we can’t speak to police brutality – we can take this as an opportunity to draw people’s attention to another system of racism in America – in medicine.
As always – we went to the data – and consulted with other experts, including Social Medicine specialist Dr. Alexandre White, from Johns Hopkins University to learn more about the history of racism in our own industry. We know that part of the work we need to do is to educate ourselves – and it starts by looking at our own industry.
Where Does Racism Exist in the Healthcare Industry?
The following piece will be the basis of new diversity and inclusion courses we will be adding into the next curriculum update of the Professional Coach Development Program so that we may continue to affect long-term change in our industry well past this current news cycle.
Coronavirus has killed 1 in 1850 black Americans, and just 1 in 4400 white Americans.
Of course, there is no biological difference in the way the virus targets people – so what’s happening here?
The socioeconomic impact of anti-black racism is such that Black Americans are more likely to take public transit, they are more likely to live in high density, low-income neighborhoods. They are more likely to have jobs that are deemed “essential”. They have higher incidences of preexisting conditions and less access to healthcare.
The transmission and severity of the infection favor all of these things. There’s no fundamental difference in the biology of humans. There are systems created in each and every industry to oppress an entire race that has left them significantly more susceptible to death and disease while they work the very jobs society depends on.
This isn’t new – America has a dark past of Medical Apartheid.
We know that in order to help be a part of this solution it starts with learning everything we can about the institutionalism of racism in our very industry.
Dr. White gladly contributed to this statement and sent this:
The history of racism in medical practice in the United States is not a new concern and its lingering history from the period of enslavement to the present leave lasting scars in the minds of black and non-white Americans that must be respected and accommodated for in a policy.
From violence and forced medical experimentation during the era of slavery, to forced sterilizations in the 20th century and further medical exploitation, Black and minority populations in the United States have been the focus of various forms of medical trauma. In the realms of public health and disease intervention, non-white Americans have been historically penalized, oppressed, and victimized by public health responses.
We must take this moment when the injustices of epidemic disease and systemic racism are at their most visible an opportunity to challenge a checkered history of structural discriminatory practices and violence and move towards effective and compassionate health responses.
— Courtesy Dr. Alexandre White, Johns Hopkins University
To professionalize the industry, we must hold ourselves to higher standards.
To professionalize the industry, we must ensure that everyone has access to Preventative Health – everywhere.
We understand that to not do everything we can, at every opportunity, to create just change – is to continue to allow the world and our industry to operate through the lens of systemic oppression.
Special thanks to Dr. Alexandre White and his team for his ongoing support and contribution.