Keisha Ray featured on radio show about healthcare disparities related to gender and race

By Angela Gomez, McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics
September 20, 2019

The Exchange, a show on New Hampshire Public Radio recently featured Keisha Ray, PhD, during a live broadcast about disparities in healthcare quality and outcomes. Alongside Colene Arnold, MD, a gynecologist in Newington, NH, Ray shared that women and people of color frequently receive lower-quality healthcare and have worse health outcomes. The guests discussed reports indicating higher mortality rates among black women during and after pregnancy when compared to white women, even after accounting for income and education levels, and differences in medical interventions for pain management and heart attacks. Also discussed were sources of these disparities, such as history, the healthcare system, and personal biases, as well as incorporating medical and health humanities in premedical and medical education to address these issues.