Healthcare and Systemic Racism: Where and Why They Intersect
Unpacking Legacy: From the Personal to the Systemic
In this powerful and personal talk, Dr. Uché Blackstock unpacks the legacy that has shaped and guides her. The personal legacy of following in her mother’s footsteps and going to medical school, making Dr. Blackstock and her twin sister the first Black mother-daughter legacies at that school. And the institutional legacy of confronting the systemic racism embedded into all parts of medical system—from the medical school education to the safety of BIPOC practitioners.
This eye-opening and compassionate keynote is as relevant to audiences from the medical field as it is to audiences without a healthcare background who are interested in social justice and gaining a deeper understanding of structural inequities.
Taking a Leap of Faith: From Medicine to Entrepreneurship
In 2019, Dr. Uché Blackstock made the difficult decision to leave academic medicine and start her own organization, Advancing Health Equity. Having endured and witnessed first-hand the racism and sexism embedded in healthcare, Dr. Blackstock knew she needed to speak truth to power and find a new way to have an impact. She took a leap of faith and became an entrepreneur, helping health care organizations to diversify their workforce and fight healthcare inequity. In this powerful talk, geared toward new and experienced entrepreneurs, and anyone launching a new endeavor, Dr. Blackstock tells her personal story and why her decision was exactly what she needed to do.