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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt) spoke during the series and managed healthcare disparities and the shortage of Black physicians.
The ALC is a gathering of visionaries, activists, and leaders shaping the future of African Americans and the global Black community. According to a study by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), only 5.7% of U.S. doctors are Black or African American, a detrimental shortage that has far-reaching and negative effects on the lives of people of African descent.
While discussing the Bipartisan Primary Care and Health Workforce Act he is co-sponsoring, Sen. Sanders shared details about the potential positive impact on the Black doctor shortage.
Multiple efforts are underway to address the shortage.
“Our physician leaders, health care expert speakers, and legislators spent today addressing many of the challenging issues we face in transforming health care outcomes for Black communities. We are grateful that Sen. Sanders was able to join us and share some of the legislative solutions we can support to make a change,” Dr. Lawson said.
Joy D. Calloway, Executive Director of the NMA, noted that “even 129 years later, our mission and objective remains timely and critical. That is to amplify the voice of the Black physician, the Black patient, and the Black community.”
Source: Black Enterprise