evidence-based public health- homer hospital paper

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Kristin McGuire Evidence-Based Public Health 11/11/11 A Jewel in History: The Story of Homer G. Phillips Hospital Homer G. Phillips Hospital was built to serve over 70,000 local African Americans. Despite its positive impact on the community, the hospital still fell victim to the prejudices that have surrounded healthcare for centuries. Many aspects of the film disturbed me, but it was a great addition to our curriculum concerning healthcare disparities among African Americans. During RA training, we spend a good chunk of time learning about and discussing the treatment of minorities in our community. Some of the RA’s seem to think these lessons are pointless. They think that it is not necessary to discuss racism because it is simply not prevalent in our community anymore. However, this type of thinking is probably one of the factors that leads to the disparities in healthcare among African Americans. In class we discussed how many physicians protest the evidence that states that African Americans are not given equal treatment in medical settings. It is dangerous to ignore prejudices, and it disturbs me to see this ignorance as a century- long trend. The hospital would probably not have been closed if those responsible had truly understood the evidence proving the disparities in healthcare among African Americans. I also found it disturbing that dogs and horses were brought when Homer G. Philips Hospital was closed, and that those responsible bragged that it was “easy to close the hospital.” They clearly did not understand that closing Homer G. Phillips made life a lot harder for many. It disturbed me how many people were against this hospital, as if it were a frivolity. For example, at one point in the
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This note was uploaded on 11/27/2011 for the course PUBH 210 taught by Professor Rozier during the Fall '09 term at MO St. Louis.

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