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Black Men in White Coats film viewing opportunity
by Alaska Area Health Education Center |
The Alaska AHEC has purchased 300 seats to view the film Black Men in White Coats during a three-day viewing window starting Feb. 18 at midnight. You must pre-register to receive your unique viewing code at indiescreening.com/screenings/147.
Less black men applied to medical school in 2014 than in 1978 and black men have the lowest life expectancy in the United States. With only 2% of American doctors being black men, this comes as no surprise. This documentary dissects the systemic barriers preventing black men from becoming medical doctors and the consequences on society at large.
Health care accounts for nearly 20% of the United State’s GDP and a significant portion of that is driven by disparities in a system that lacks diverse physicians. What if we had a medical workforce that actually reflected our patient population? What challenges do our black boys face? Who are their role models? Why is it easier to visualize a black man in an orange jumpsuit than it is in a white coat? What’s happening in society that more black women are becoming doctors while black men are stagnant? Whose fault is it? It’s time to end this crisis and get more black men in white coats!