Health Equity Book Club

The Health Equity Book Club seeks to enhance awareness of systematic racism, inequality and misinformation within the medical community. This is achieved through research and reading, followed by honest and transparent conversations about complex topics. At Karmanos, we are committed to delivering outstanding and equitable medical care to every patient, their caregivers, and family member. Our commitment to the Health Equity Book Club help us provide support and empowerment within and beyond the scope of medicine. Join us as we explore ways in which we can address and respond to issues of disparities in health care delivery to enhance outcomes and better serve all patients.

Where & When

Thursday, December 14, 2023
4 - 5 p.m.
Wertz Auditorium - Second Floor
4100 John R
Detroit, MI 48201

Book Discussion with Dr. Louis Penner, author of: Unequal Health: Anti-Black Racism and the Threat to America's Health

About the Book

Join us for an enlightening discussion with Dr. Louis Penner as we explore the themes of his book, "Unequal Health: Anti-Black Racism and the Threat to America's Health," fostering dialogue on health disparities and social equity. Don't miss this opportunity to engage in a meaningful conversation with the author himself.

About the Author

Louis A. Penner Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus of Oncology at Wayne State University. His research focuses on the causes of racial health disparities. His research team was among the first to identify implicit racial bias as a source of racial healthcare disparities. He has published more than 190 scientific articles, books, and book chapters. He is a Past President of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues; and a Fellow of three professional societies. He has served on advisory committees for the National Cancer Institute and given lectures on health disparities to the American Cancer Society and other healthcare organizations. Along with John Dovidio, Nao Hagiwara, and Brian Smedley, he is a co-author of Unequal Health: Anti-Black Racism and the Threat to America's Health, an extensive examination of the causes and consequences of racial disparities in health.

Featuring a Panel Discussion With

  • Taylor Barrow, M.D. candidate

    WSUSOM Class of 2024
  • Eyouab Tadesse, M.D. candidate

    WSUSOM Class of 2024
  • Isaac J. Powell, M.D., Professor

    Department of Urology Wayne State University and Karmanos Cancer Institute

More Information

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Mission Statement

The Health Equity Book Club's mission is to build awareness across the community and amongst health care professionals of issues related to and stemming from systematic racism in the health care system and society in the United States. By revealing the contributing factors and results of racism, Karmanos Cancer Institute, in partnership with McLaren Health Care and Wayne State University School of Medicine, seeks to highlight an important goal: to expose and better understand the impact of racism on the practice of medicine. We believe that open dialogue within our community of colleagues, patients and families will help to facilitate the goal of equal access and provision of culturally competent, quality care to all patients and their families regardless of race, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation. Learn more about Karmanos and McLaren’s Diversity and Inclusion initiatives here.

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