Excellent and moving film. We all need to embrace the importance of diversity in healthcare. Disparities are real and unacceptable. KUDOS to all involved with this movement and film!
This documentary was powerful and timely. Black men in our country are living, on average, ten years less than white women. That is to say, they are being robbed of their golden years and dying much sooner than their white peers. We are failing black men in our country. Much of the sacrificed life expectancy is due to large and growing health disparities within our care system. The CDC recognizes that black men face a disproportionate burden of preventable chronic diseases, and by a wide margin! These include higher rates of cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, and chronic kidney disease. Unfortunately, early death is not the only outcome – black men also face reduced quality of life for the years they do get, often marred by more hospital days, dialysis, amputations, blindness, loss of mobility, invasive surgeries, chronic pain, and generally feeling unwell. There are many challenges to fixing this problem and this crisis. Getting more black male physicians into the communities is part of the solution to righting this ship and leveling the playing field. To that end, Black Men in White Coats is helping to lead the charge.
This was such an amazing documentary! My son is 7 years old and he sees me working in the medical field, battling with the idea of going to medical school. I told him that if he wants to do it, he can! There aren’t enough black men in the medical field and there’s a reason for it..... if you don’t see it, how can you aspire to be it? I loved this and thank you for it. My son enjoyed watching it as well! Now he would love to attend a summit! I need to find something close to us!
This is a wonderful and well made documentary! Although I am in Ghana now studying BSc. Telecommunications engineering, I have been inspired by this documentary to work hard and not give up on becoming the doctor that I have always wanted to become. Am very thankful to Dr. Dale and everyone who made this happen. BMWC!!!!!!!!
As a mixed woman appearing white I can tell you this is a necessary documentary. Everyone should see it. EVERY young person should be a doctor if he/she wants to be and my true hope is that the young people of today can find role models like those that appear in the film and that they in turn become seen by the young people of tomorrow.