How Social Media Can Combat Health Disparities

Mar 11, 2022

2:30pm – 3:30pm CT

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought healthcare inequality into national headlines. The next generation of medical students are stepping up to unearth many of the ways that health care perpetuates disparities. Medical equations, for example, that measure kidney function take race into account, making it more difficult for Black individuals to receive kidney transplants.
Social media platforms such as TikTok, Clubhouse, Instagram, and Twitter have become key mediums for medical professionals to educate audiences about ongoing disparities. This session will be a conversation between medical students actively fighting against medical racism, and the unique ways that the current generation of rising medical professionals are fighting against systemic disparities in medicine.

Programming descriptions are generated by participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SXSW.

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Naomi Nkinsi

University of Washington

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LaShyra Nolen

Harvard University

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