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.

Join us for our next Book Club discussion

Thursday, March 30, 2023
4 - 5 p.m.

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Join the Health Equity Book Club and our panel of students, community members, and Karmanos experts for a discussion of:

Under The Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and on the Health of our Nation by Linda Villarosa

Anyone is welcome to attend the event. Reading the book is encouraged, but not required. Everyone will be able to get something out of the discussion.

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If you have any questions, please contact Danny Inman at 

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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Health Equity Book Club Meeting Videos

Book Focus: "Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do By: Jennifer L. Eberhardt Ph.D."

Health Equity Book Club
Meeting, September 29

Book Focus: "Unwell Women: Myth and Misdiagnosis in a Man-Made World by Dr. Elinor Cleghorn"

Health Equity Book Club
Meeting, June 16

Book Focus: "A Review of Research on Disparities in the Care of Black and White Patients With Cancer in Detroit"

Health Equity Book Club
Meeting, March 31

Book Focus: "Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine" by Damon Tweedy, M.D.

Health Equity Book Club
Meeting, December 16

Book Focus: "The Health Gap: The Challenge of an Unequal World" by Michael Marmot

Health Equity Book Club
Meeting, September 30

Book Focus: "White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism" by Robin DiAngelo

Health Equity Book Club
Meeting, June 24

Book Focus: Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson

Health Equity Book Club
Meeting, March 25

Book Focus: Medical Apartheid by Harriet Washington

Health Equity Book Club
Meeting, Oct. 22

Book Focus: Why Are Health Disparities Everyone's Problem? by Lisa Cooper, M.D., MPH.

Health Equity Book Club
Meeting, Dec. 15

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