History of Racism in U.S. Health Care: Root Causes of Today’s Hierarchy and Systems of Power

History of Racism in U.S. Health Care:
Root Causes of Today’s Hierarchy and Systems of Power

Tuesday, February 7, 2023 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm ET


Event Description


In health care, we are united by our belief in providing the highest quality care to every patient. To do so, we must better understand the past, and work intentionally toward a healthier future.

This inaugural event in the National Health Equity Grand Rounds series will highlight the root causes of present-day health inequities by tracing the social, economic, political, geographic, and environmental forces that shape opportunity for health in the United States. Keynote speaker Harriet A. Washington, MA, author of Medical Apartheid, will explore the history of structural inequities in health care and unethical medical experimentation followed by a panel conversation moderated by American Medical Association (AMA) Chief Health Equity Officer Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH, and featuring Rupa Marya, MD, Jack Resneck, Jr., MD, and David Ansell, MD, MPH.

Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit will be offered at no cost to attendees. This activity has been approved for 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ *


Featured Speaker



Additional Speakers



 Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH

 Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH - AMA

Chief Health Equity Officer and
Senior Vice President, AMA
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Introductory Speakers

 William A. McDade, MD, PhD

Chief DEI Officer, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
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 Emily Cleveland Manchanda, MD, MPH

Director for Social Justice Education and Implementation, AMA
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Boston Medical Center
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 Rupa Marya, MD

Rupa Marya, MD - University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine

Physician, Activist, Writer, Composer, Founder of Deep Medicine Circle & Co-Founder of Do No Harm Coalition
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 Jack Resneck Jr., MD

President, AMA
Professor & Current Chair, Department of Dermatology, UCSF
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 David Ansell, MD, MPH

David Ansell, MD, MPH - Rush University Medical Center

Senior Vice President of Community Health Equity, Rush University Medical Center
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Founding Collaborators


The four Founding Collaborators designed and supported the development of the National Health Equity Grand Rounds series.

american medical association
National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education


Amplification Collaborators


We are grateful for the support of our Amplification Collaborators, each of whom is working to advance health equity in their communities. Amplification Collaborators provide event promotion and outreach through their channels.

The Hastings Center
The Joint Commission

Upcoming Events

Additional events in the National Health Equity Grand Rounds series include:

Leadership Engagement & Organizational Change
Follow the Money! Understanding the Structural Incentives for Inequity in Health Care and Beyond 

Tuesday, May 9, 2023
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm ET

Education/Training for Workforce
Academic Elitism: Exclusivity and Dominant Culture in Health Education and Training

Tuesday, August 8, 2023
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm ET

Data and Community Accountability
Making the Invisible Visible through Data: From Racism, Neglect, and Exploitation to Transparency, Accountability, and Repair  

Tuesday, October 10, 2023
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm ET 


*Accreditation Statement: The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement: The AMA designates this other (live and on-demand) activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to: 

    • 1.5 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program; 
    • 1.5 Self-Assessment points in the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery’s (ABOHNS) Continuing Certification program; 
    • 1.5 MOC points in the American Board of Pediatrics’ (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program; and 
    • 1.5 Lifelong Learning points in the American Board of Pathology’s (ABPath) Continuing Certification program;

It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting MOC credit.