As a nurse practitioner in New York City, Juliette Blount worked not only to care for patients but also to confront racism where and when she encountered it. She worked with providers with wrong-headed beliefs about Black people’s susceptibility to disease. She dealt with guidelines, medical instruction, and textbooks that ignored the health care needs of patients of color. At one point, Blount said she was the only Black employee at a multi-location practice on the East Coast. She has since begun speaking to and consulting with health care groups about racial health disparities and how biases can enter the medical exam room. These are age-old problems, Blount said, but last year’s racial justice protests have sparked a re-invigorated conversation.
I talked with Blount recently about racial health disparities and what the new presidential administration can do to address them
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