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Dr. Uché Blackstock knew from an early age that she needed to make a bigger impact. Today, she is one of the country’s leading health equity advocates and a powerful voice on racial justice. A Harvard-trained emergency physician with over 17 years of experience, Dr. Blackstock is the founder and CEO of Advancing Health Equity. She is a regular medical contributor for MSNBC and legislators across the country have used her research and knowledge as a basis for policy changes. A powerful speaker, Dr. Blackstock talks to organizations across the country about the deep inequities that still exist in the U.S. healthcare system and the leap of faith she took to start a business.

Speaking Topics

Healthcare and Systemic Racism: Where and Why They Intersect

As an ER physician and one of the country’s leading health equity advocates, Dr. Uché Blackstock has a deep and hands-on understanding of how systemic racism is affecting the health of BIPOC communities across the country. From well-documented research that shows how clinicians of all races underestimate Black patients’ pain to the consequences that substandard housing can have on health, Dr. Blackstock opens her audience’s eyes to the social determinants of health and why we cannot reform healthcare without addressing systemic racism.

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.