Elle Simone Scott is founder of SheChef Inc. Her healthcare experience revealed she had ovarian cancer, but she had to deal with difficult staff before finding that out.
“It was the worst experience I’ve ever had,” Scott says. “The doctor was very condescending to me. I felt like she was treating me like a teenager.”
Leseliey Welch, who is on faculty in Public Health at Wayne State University and lectures in Women’s Studies at University of Michigan. She is currently leading the development team for Birth Detroit, a local wellness and birth center.
Further reading: This dynamic is especially clear when we look at infant and mother mortality. A 2018 University of Michigan study showed that women of color and those of Hispanic heritage had higher rates of severe birth related issues than non-Hispanic white women. Black women, for example, have a 70 percent higher rate of major birth problems than white women.
“Our overall rates of infant mortality have gone down, but the racial disparities persist,” says Welch.
“Culturally responsive care looks like, perhaps, having a care provider who looks like you, who understands your culture, who empathizes with your life experiences.”
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