This Black History Month, Violet asked anonymous Black patients to share their stories about positive or negative experiences in health care. Black contributors read their anonymous stories in a new audio series spotlighting patient voices: Everyday People.
Violet today launched an ongoing audio series campaign for patient voices: Everyday People.
This February, Everyday People honors Black History Month by presenting the true stories of Black patients, covering uplifting decolonized experiences to medical racism, and everything in between. The Black experience is not a monolith; there are many voices, histories, and subcultures. But one of the major through lines of the Black experience in the United States is the shared relationship with health care. And it's overwhelmingly negative.
Since its inception, the United States health care system has been racist. Read about it here. And here. Plus, here.
The vestiges of this cruel history remain in health care. No wonder the Black histories shared in Violet's Everyday People campaign are traumatic.
Violet will continue sharing audio diaries and patient experiences as a part of an ongoing effort to expand Violet's continuing education offerings for clinicians improving inclusive care delivery. All of the stories shared in Violet's Everyday People campaign are anonymous. Names and details have been changed for privacy.
Without further ado, hear the Black patient stories giving voice to the Black histories of everyday people:
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