STEM Spotlight

STEM Spotlight: Medical Racism

Our STEM Spotlight: Medical Racism episode explores the continued adverse effects of discrimination on Black and Indigenous populations.

October 1, 2021

Dr. Carrie Bourassa, Johnnie Jae, and Phill Wilson have all made their mark in their respective STEM fields by using their talents to bring attention to the inequities facing their communities. The group came together to discuss healthcare disparities along racial and ethnic lines, what governments and communities can do to help, and how students can get involved. These scientists and activists speak to what the public, students, universities, organizations, and governments can do to combat medical racism, as it is further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Deepen your understanding about this issue and the people who are working for medical equity through Chinyere Amobi’s interview and blog post here.

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about the speakers

Carrie Bourassa
Photo of Carrie Bourassa

Dr. Carrie Bourassa is the Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health (IIPH). Through IIPH, she leads the advancement of a national health research agenda to improve and promote the health of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples in Canada.

Johnnie Jae

Johnnie Jae is the founder of A Tribe Called Geek, an award-winning media platform for Indigenous Geek Culture and STEM as well as #Indigenerds4Hope, a suicide prevention initiative designed to educate, encourage and empower Native Youth who are or know someone struggling with bullying, mental illness and suicide.

Chinyere Amobi

Our moderator Chinyere Amobi is a Strategic Communications Specialist at Berkeley Media Studies Group. Here she helps train community advocates and organizations in media advocacy and assists in online engagement, newsletter development, and blogging.