Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-2-2022

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis

Department

Allied Health Studies

First Advisor

Kate Centellas

Second Advisor

Anne Cafer

Third Advisor

Meagan Rosenthal

Relational Format

Dissertation/Thesis

Abstract

America’s healthcare system runs rampant with healthcare inequalities that have an alarming effect on minorities and people of color. In order for people of color and marginalized groups to receive proper care and treatment, more attention needs to be brought to these inequalities. For example, Covid-19 reflected the health inequalities that are present in this country; minorities were more likely to become hospitalized due to Covid-19 than other non-minorities. In addition, minorities in women’s health, specifically black women, have been affected in various ways that are related to the inequalities in medicine like dying during childbirth and improper care. This is why the research for this thesis is important; through the background history of healthcare, personal experiences, and research data, we will explore and bring to light healthcare disparity issues. For research purposes, a survey was conducted to directly obtain feedback from healthcare professionals regarding their experiences in healthcare. From this survey, information about patient interactions and insight from a health professional’s point of view was gained. The conclusions gathered from all of the research conducted about health disparities led to findings that most individuals believe there is a need for more diversity in healthcare. Additionally, there is a history of racism and discrimination within the United States that has undoubtedly left a mark on the modern medical system. In order to increase diversity within medicine, there is a need to evaluate and assess current medical practices and educational teachings.

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