Class Year


Document Type

Student Research Paper

Date of Creation

Spring 2020

Department 1

Africana Studies


There are many challenges that African Americans face and the lack of quality in care towards African Americans is an ongoing problem. Black men and women are not given the same care compared to their white counterparts. African Americans are faced with numerous disparities in the medical world. This can exist due to factors that are out of their control such as; failure of medical professionals recognizing the sociocultural differences, distrust in the health care system, cultural differences in understanding and explaining illness, history of hospital and medical office segregation, and knowledge of available services. It is very unlikely to eliminate social inequalities in health care but educating the people about this is important. Colorblindness is not always the answer because people need to be seen for who they are because someone’s background can determine certain health statuses.


Written for AFS 130: Introduction to African-American Studies