Anatomy Class Learns About Health Disparities
Ms. Lacks’ Anatomy & Physiology class is working on a unit about Health Disparities. The focus is understanding how the living conditions, health, and available healthcare for humans in this country are not equitable, and that there are huge disparities based on race and income. Students in the class will be presenting on areas that they have researched as part of various panels. Some of the panel topics are Inequities in Food & Nutrition, Climate Change, Air Quality, Maternal Health, Mistrust of Doctors, and Covid-19.
To kick off the unit, Dr. Amber Nelson from George Fox University, visited as a guest speaker. She is a Pediatric Psychologist, a professor, and the Director of Equity and Inclusion. Dr. Nelson is also the Chair of the Board of Directors for Raising Justice, the nonprofit started by Taji Chesimet '20.
Princeton McKinney '21 shares what he learned from Dr. Nelson's presentation: "I thought what Dr. Nelson told us was insightful and helped us understand more about health disparities. She told us about how African-Americans have a hard time trusting doctors because of all the unethical tests that have been done to them in the past and racism. Dr. Nelson spoke to us about the problems with transportation and how it affects African-American patients more than white patients. Before her speech I never knew that Black patients have a harder time getting to appointments on time compared to white patients. African-American patients have a harder time with transportation because bus stops are not located in their neighborhood, and most of them can’t afford a car.
My class and I all agree that she did a phenomenal job speaking and I was happy to hear what she had to say. We were able to learn a lot about not just health disparities, but also what we should expect in college and beyond."