Racial Justice

Teaching beyond September 11

Penn GSE’s Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher says the lessons of 9/11 offer a chance for students to examine how the event has shaped much of the last two decades, in America and around the world.

From Penn GSE

In the News

WHYY (Philadelphia)

Yelp reviews may provide key insights into patient experiences with racism

Jason Tong and Anietie Andy of the Perelman School of Medicine studied Yelp reviews of hospitals to better understand racial disparities in health care. “Racism within health care can be pervasive and can occur in a variety of both clinical and nonclinical spaces,” said Tong. “Hopefully [we] can create a composite metric of racism that can be used for targeted quality improvement initiatives for hospitals.”


Philadelphia Inquirer

Yelp reviews could help hospitals target racism, Penn study finds

Perelman School of Medicine researchers found that online reviews of hospitals could help evaluate patients’ experiences with racism. “It’s powerful because it’s anonymous—it reduces the fear of reporting, it’s familiar, and it’s open-ended,” general surgery resident Jason Tong said. “It allows consumers to comment on what matters to them.”


Times Higher Education

US medical schools found to be falling short on equity promises

In an analysis of inequality in medical education, Penn experts, including UPHS CEO Kevin Mahoney, said, “courage is needed to move forward. This courage, though, is most needed from leaders and colleagues in positions of privilege.”


Philadelphia Inquirer

Decades of Penn research shows how structural racism affects Black children with type 1 diabetes

Research co-authored by Terri Lipman of the School of Nursing and Colin Hawkes of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia found that disproportionately poor health outcomes for Black children with Type 1 diabetes are predominately caused by structural racism. “There’s certainly an element of blame, when it’s proposed that patients need to be better or behaviors need to change,” she said. “The focus needs to be on the health care team.”


“The Pulse,” (WHYY Radio)

The role of race and ethnicity in medicine

Jaya Aysola and Amaka Eneanya of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about how the medical field interprets race and ethnicity. Aysola’s research shows evidence of racial bias in medical school curricula: “The most prevailing issue was this continued mischaracterization of race and ethnicity as a biomedical term, when we know it to be a social construct.”



Afro-Cubans come out in droves to protest government

Amalia Dache of the Graduate School of Education spoke about the history of racial disparities and injustices in Cuba. “When we're thinking about global solidarity with Black people, especially right now, we need all hands on deck,” she said.