SAVANNAH, Ga. - GeorgiaChron -- The global pandemic led to renewed interest in health disparities; however, numerous medical schools, residency programs, outpatient clinics, and hospital organizations were not equipped to teach about health equity. To help medical professionals address health disparities, Dr. Bonzo Reddick has released Health Equity: A Guide for Clinicians, Medical Educators & Healthcare Organizations.

In Health Equity, physician, professor, and bestselling author Dr. Bonzo Reddick presents a framework for addressing health disparities that can be applied to most situations of systemic and institutional bias and to situations of personal bias and discrimination. The scenarios, anecdotes, and interactive activities within this book will enlighten and refresh health educators, physicians, resident physicians, medical students, health professions students, and other healthcare and allied health professionals.

"Although the global pandemic led to renewed interest in health disparities, I heard from numerous medical schools, residency programs, outpatient clinic systems, and hospital organizations that they did not have the tools to teach about health equity. They have in-house specialists in any field, from cardiology, to pediatrics, to plastic surgery. They did not, however, have experts with experience in how to reduce health inequities. I decided to write this book as an efficient, multi-purpose tool that could be used in various scenarios regardless of the participants' level of experience," says Dr. Bonzo.

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The topics covered in Health Equity, such as implicit and explicit bias; disparities based on religion, race, sex, gender, ability, and geographic location; cultural competence vs. humility; and social determinants of health help medical professionals and healthcare organizations reassess their approach to the equitable care of all people.

Dr. Bonzo says, "Suddenly, in the same manner that we saw in the case of police reform and the killing of unarmed Black people, the 2020 version of America was ready to have a conversation about health inequities. In addition to Dr. Fauci, more and more well-known figures in healthcare circles began to discuss how the unequal treatment of Black and Hispanic people in hospitals around the country is caused by the same forces that led to the killing of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor."

Dr. Bonzo Reddick is a professor in the Community Medicine and Family Medicine departments at Mercer University School of Medicine. He completed a family medicine residency, two faculty development fellowships, and a Master of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Bonzo has been recognized with sixteen teaching awards in his career. He provides mobile clinical services for people experiencing homelessness through the J.C. Lewis Primary Health Care Center.

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Published by Publish Your Gift®, Health Equity: A Guide for Clinicians, Medical Educators & Healthcare Organizations is now available for purchase online.

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