November 16, 1972, marked the end of the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment (1932-1972). The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment took place in Tuskegee, Alabama and spanned 40 years. During this time, African American patients were coerced into the study, not informed of their syphilis infection, and denied treatment.
This day reminds us that, in the United States, many racial, ethnic, and religious groups have historically received unjust treatment in health care settings. We recognize that complex relationships often exist between minoritized communities and the health care system.
Tanenbaum’s Conscientious Care Conversation Race, Religion, and Health Reconciliation explores why some communities are hesitant to trust health care institutions and how we can work to create more equitable, inclusive, and safe health care spaces. This conversation is available here.