First and Last Name/s of Presenters

Rachel JohnFollow

Mentor/s

Dr. Amanda Moras Dr. Mark Jareb

Participation Type

Paper Talk

Abstract

Loretta Ross, also referred to as the founding mother of reproductive justice, once said “Our ability to control what happens to our bodies is constantly challenged by poverty, racism, environmental degradation, sexism, homophobia, and injustice in the United States” (Taylor, 2021). Injustices in the United States have perpetuated inadequate medical care of African American women for many years. From past to present, cisgender African American women have experienced injustice in sexual and reproductive healthcare. The pattern of mistreatment must be acknowledged to create health system-wide changes to ensure health equity. Involuntary experimentation of enslaved women, forced sterilization, discriminatory-related stress-induced disorders, social determinants of health, and provider unconscious bias must be recognized in order for change to be implemented in systems and relationships through various techniques. These techniques include healthcare provider education, the shared decision-making model, and increasing the proportion of African American providers. As healthcare providers acknowledge their position in these arguably uncomfortable topics, change will be catalyzed to form a more inclusive healthcare system. Thus, historical and current forms of racial discrimination against cisgender African American women in healthcare must be comprehended by providers for change to be implemented in healthcare systems and relationships.

College and Major available

Nursing BSN

Location

Session J: West Campus West Building W140

Start Day/Time

4-29-2022 1:15 PM

End Day/Time

4-29-2022 2:15 PM

Students' Information

Rachel John - Nursing major, Global Health minor, Honors minor, Class of 2023.

Winner, Dean's Prize: College of Nursing 2022 award.

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Apr 29th, 1:15 PM Apr 29th, 2:15 PM

Racial Discrimination Against Cisgender African American Women in Sexual and Reproductive Health

Session J: West Campus West Building W140

Loretta Ross, also referred to as the founding mother of reproductive justice, once said “Our ability to control what happens to our bodies is constantly challenged by poverty, racism, environmental degradation, sexism, homophobia, and injustice in the United States” (Taylor, 2021). Injustices in the United States have perpetuated inadequate medical care of African American women for many years. From past to present, cisgender African American women have experienced injustice in sexual and reproductive healthcare. The pattern of mistreatment must be acknowledged to create health system-wide changes to ensure health equity. Involuntary experimentation of enslaved women, forced sterilization, discriminatory-related stress-induced disorders, social determinants of health, and provider unconscious bias must be recognized in order for change to be implemented in systems and relationships through various techniques. These techniques include healthcare provider education, the shared decision-making model, and increasing the proportion of African American providers. As healthcare providers acknowledge their position in these arguably uncomfortable topics, change will be catalyzed to form a more inclusive healthcare system. Thus, historical and current forms of racial discrimination against cisgender African American women in healthcare must be comprehended by providers for change to be implemented in healthcare systems and relationships.

 

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