Opinion: Medicine must ‘widen the doors’ to people of color

The pandemic and the death of George Floyd put a glaring spotlight on the gross racial inequities in society, which cut across every facet of life, especially health care. Not only are communities of color disproportionately affected by chronic health issues and disease, but they are also facing enormous challenges in accessing health care.

Race as a public health crisis has gained the attention of every health care organization and policymakers at every level of government. Diversity and inclusion programs are being taken up with new fervor and infused with funding. All of this is important, encouraging, and long overdue.

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