“Racism in medicine is a national emergency.” That’s how journalist Nicholas St. Fleur characterized the crisis facing American health care this spring, as his team at STAT embarked on “Color Code,” an eight-episode series exploring medical mistrust in communities of color across the country. In this webinar, we’ll take inspiration from their work to discuss strategies and examples for telling stories about inequities, disparities and racism in health care systems. How do you sensitively report on these difficult subjects? How do bring to life stories otherwise buried in medical charts and closed-door exam rooms? How do you document and substantiate the stories of bias and racism shared by patients? How can journalists go deeper on broader stories of structural racism, such as bias in medical algorithms and medical school curricula? We’ll be joined by St. Fleur, the series’ host, and Color Code’s multimedia producer, Theresa Gaffney, to talk about the journalistic challenges and opportunities for bringing such hidden stories into the broader conversation about American health care, and how it can better serve everyone.
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