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NUR 415: Sociocultural Issues in Health and Health Care: Health Communication and Bias

Wicked Problems

The resources below represent some of the biggest challenges to communicating race, racism, and anti-racism in health contexts.

Legacy of Racism in U.S. Healthcare

David Williams, How Racism Makes Us Sick

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Public Health and Risk

Marcia Anderson DeCoteau, Indigenous Knowledge to to Close Gaps in Indigenous Health

Podcast exploring the public health impacts of police violence and a potential public health response 

Responses to Wicked Problems

The resources below represent some of the opportunities for using communicative constructs to address race, racism, and anti-racism in health contexts.

Voices for Racial Justice and Health

Waponahki People: Understanding the Gift of Legacy and Lessons Learned

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Community, Culture-Centered Solutions

Joseph Ravenell, How barbershops keep men healthy

Relevant Scholarship

Below are relevant databases for finding scholarly journal articles on health communication and bias. Journal articles are written by experts in their fields.  In many library databases you can click a "peer reviewed" or "scholarly article" box to produce a list of references to these types of articles.

CINAHLCovers journals in nursing and allied health fields. Example articles include:

Communication and Mass Media CompleteLiterature in communication, journalism, and media studies. Example articles include:

  • Communicating Environmental Health Risks with Indigenous Populations: A Systematic Literature Review of Current Research and Recommendations for Future Studies
  • Cultural Appropriateness in Health Communication: A Review and A Revised Framework
  • Investigating Disparities by Sex and LGBTQ Identity: A Content Analysis of Sexual Health Information on College Student Health Center Websites

PsycINFOScholarly literature in psychology and related social sciences. Example articles include:

  • Dialogue as skill: Training a health professions workforce that can talk about race and racism
  • Communicating with diverse patients: How patient and clinician factors affect disparities
  • Development of a participatory health communication intervention: An ecological approach to reducing rural information inequality and health disparities

PubMedCovers medical and some life science journals. Example articles include:

  • Detecting implicit racial bias in provider communication behaviors to reduce disparities in healthcare: Challenges, solutions, and future directions for provider communication training
  • Racial and Ethnic Discrepancy in Pulse Oximetry and Delayed Identification of Treatment Eligibility Among Patients With COVID-19
  • Cultural competence: A systematic review of health care provider educational interventions
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