Trust as a Key to Reducing Health Disparities
As the pandemic progresses, providers continue to struggle with connecting with some communities of color. Histories of abuse, neglect, and experimentation at the hands of medical providers, researchers, and public health organizations have tainted some communities’ views of health care and its interventions. Provider bias and misconceptions further complicate our clinical interactions and negatively impact clinical care outcomes.
To mitigate these deficiencies, providers will need to better understand the historical perspective of these communities and their current needs, as well as improving their understanding of their own conscious and unconscious biases that impact care. Finally, specific tools and approaches to bridge the gap between provider and patients of color will be discussed.
Greg Hall, MD, Northeast Ohio Medical University
Greg Hall, MD, is a nationally recognized health disparities expert with a book entitled “Patient-Centered Clinical Care of African Americans” as well as a monthly webcast “Bridging the Gap” educating providers across the country regarding racial/ethnic health disparities. A native of Cleveland, he has been a practicing primary care physician for almost 30 years.
Dr. Hall is an Associate Professor in both the Internal Medicine and Integrative Medical Sciences departments at the Northeast Ohio Medical University. Dr. Hall was a governor-appointed member of the Ohio Commission on Minority Health and served as Chairman for many years, and currently serves as the board president of Cuyahoga County Board of Health. He recently established the National Institute for African American Health which will mentor the next generation of minority physicians as well as advocate for better health outcomes for African Americans.