Anti-Racism in Healthcare
June 5, 2022
Racism is and has been a public health crisis since the birth of this country. Let us be clear: WCMS condemns structural and individual racism. We recognize this public denunciation is too little, too late and we are committed to the long journey ahead demanding concrete change in collective action with community members and partners.
January 20, 2021
Today is National Day of Racial Healing (NDORH), a day set apart for institutions and individuals to reflect on and take ownership of how they have participated in systemic racism, and to make a commitment to improve.
December 30, 2020
To understand and address vaccine hesitancy and the roots of medical mistrust among Black Americans, look to the U.S. Public Health Service Study at Tuskegee—but not as an isolated event. Rather, it's one component of structural racism that requires structural solutions to overcome as the nation seeks to maximize COVID-19 vaccination to speed the pandemic's end.
November 19, 2020
WCMS supports local, Black Owned Businesses here in the Asheville area. We hope you'll utitlize this list for your business or personal needs.
October 28, 2020
Become involved in the MMMP Today!
October 27, 2020
The current sociocultural climate in the United States elucidate the importance of understanding our humanity while fostering deeper cross-cultural relationships. As the nation is currently facing two pandemics, one health related and the other racial, our ability to engage in thoughtful and meaningful discourse on cultural issues remains ever present.
October 27, 2020
This two-part presentation addresses the impact of access related historical trauma on African Americans not only across the United States but with a historical context within Western North Carolina and significantly so in Buncombe County.
September 11, 2020
MAHEC is proud to present the first national African American Health Symposium. This symposium is designed to create awareness and education within the medical community regarding the current health of African Americans and the implications of centuries of medical oppression.
September 4, 2020
AARP Mountain Region NC aims to "walk the talk" on issues of racial justice; we will start through deep and active listening. Our CEO, Jo Ann Jenkins said it clearly in her statement on racial injustice and disparities “The incidents of racial violence and COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on people of color are not random, but instead are the result of inequality due to a lack of social, economic, and political opportunities. Discrimination of any kind corrodes our communities and our society from the inside out.”
August 24, 2020
AARP North Carolina - Mountain Region aims to "walk the talk" on issues of racial justice. We will start through deep and active listening. AARP's CEO Jo Ann Jenkins said it clearly in her statement on racial injustice and disparities: “The incidents of racial violence and COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on people of color are not random, but instead are the result of inequality due to a lack of social, economic, and political opportunities. Discrimination of any kind corrodes our communities and our society from the inside out.”
July 29, 2020
View Dr. Sharon Kelly West's video addressing "Access and Availability of health care for African Americans of Buncombe County starting in 1890"
July 24, 2020
Black Doctors Discuss Need for Representation to Protect Their Rights & the Health of Their Patients
July 14, 2020
About the Health Professions Data System
The North Carolina Health Professions Data System (HPDS) collects and disseminates descriptive data on selected licensed health professionals in North Carolina. With annual files dating back to 1979, the HPDS is the oldest continuous state health workforce data system in the country.
The HPDS is maintained by the Program on Health Workforce Research and Policy at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in collaboration with the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers Program (AHEC), and the state’s independent health professional licensing boards. Ongoing financial support is provided by the NC AHEC Program Office and the Office of the Provost at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Although the NC HPDS maintains the data system, the data remain the property of their respective licensing board.
July 8, 2020
Dear Buncombe County Board of Commissioners:
I am writing to ask you to name racism as a public health crisis in Buncombe County. On June 26, 2020, the Buncombe County Health and Human Services Board passed a proclamation that asserts this and describes action steps the board will take to advance racial equity and justice in our county.
June 29, 2020
The matter of race is a common thread throughout the historical tapestry of American society. Discourse on race tends to focus on the lived experience of Black people, because of the “peculiar institution” of slavery in America. Medical historian Todd Savitt documents examples of racism in medicine to illustrate his observation that “some white Southerners claimed and many others believed that blacks were medically different from whites and so in need of special treatment.”1(p53) The special treatment, in this context, provided the facade of medical authority supporting the prevailing wisdom that people of African descent derived from a species other than human and as such could be justifiably used as “chattel,” as slaves. Now, 400 years after the first slaves were brought to America, the vestiges of the belief that Black people are “less than” human remain solidly entrenched in today’s society.