Healthcare is not immune to the systemic racism that plagues the country’s business and social worlds, but one local dermatologist is working to advance cultural competency and avoid misdiagnosis and poor management of conditions due to race. Dr. Titilola Sode works to ensure patients of color have better outcomes by helping other physicians address systemic issues.

Texas has one of the worst maternal mortality rates in the country for Black women, who die at twice the rate that White women do during childbirth. A 2016 study by Proceedings of the National Academies of Science found that half of all medical trainees believe one of the following statements:

  • Black people’s nerve endings are less sensitive than white people’s.
  • Black people’s skin is thicker than white people’s.
  • Black people’s blood coagulates more quickly than white people’s.

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