Recommended Listening: Color Code

Many of our staff members are following along with Color Code, a new podcast that is examining racial inequities in American health care. Produced by STAT and hosted by Nicholas St. Fleur, this series started on March 21st and is releasing a new episode every other week. Each episode is about 30 minutes and features compelling stories, interviews, and research.

We invite you to listen in. We will be sharing some additional readings and resources here on our blog to simplify further exploration of each episode's theme. We will go two episodes at a time, recognizing that some of us are bingers, while others may choose to savor each episode at a time.

To get started, you can access links to the podcast through these various providers: Spotify, Stitcher, Apple, and Google.

Episode 1: "Medicine lost the trust of many Black Americans – how can we mend that?" explores the roots of medical mistrust among Black communities. COVID vaccines brought the historical mistrust of the medical establishment to the forefront of many news stories and policy discussions…but medical mistrust has deep roots. This episode explores those roots and ways in which relationships between patients and providers can be repaired. To learn more about medical mistrust, consider reading or watching:

Episode 2: "How one 1910 report curtailed Black medical education for over a century" centers on the 1910 Flexner Report and the resulting closure of five of the seven Black medical colleges at the time. This episode also features Sandra Parham, MLIS, Library Executive Director of the Meharry Medical College Library. We have a professional proclivity to institutional history and huge respect for our medical librarian colleagues around the country. While many listeners may be well-acquainted with the Flexner report, some may be only recently aware of its racial consequences. If you are interested in learning more after listening, consider reading:

Stay tuned to our blog for recommend readings for future episodes, about one post for every two episodes, once a month. We welcome your feedback and comments.

View all Color Code blog posts.