Inequity in healthcare for Black Americans has long been part of US history.
For example, closures of Black medical schools early in the 20th century led to fewer educational opportunities for Black students, which led to a dearth of care in communities across the country—a legacy that continues to deeply impact our society today. Learn from our history, so we can work together for real change in our future.
The Flexner Report
After the Flexnor Report was released in 1910, 75% of the Black medical schools in the U.S. were closed. Only 2 Black medical schools—Meharry Medical College and Howard University—remained, a change that “all but eliminated medical education for African-Americans”.
Today, less than 5% of practicing doctors in the US are Black.