Sep 29, 2020
Dr. Dani Jackson is a first-generation college student finishing her final year of residency at the Yale Department of Psychiatry. Now she is working to address healthcare inequity and social justice of the unmet health needs of the black community due to systemic racism and structural vulnerability. She is the co-director of the Social Justice and Health Equity Curriculum for the Department of Psychiatry at Yale. She is also a recipient of the National Medical Association’s Top Health Care Providers Under 40 Award for 2020.
She enters the ladies’ room to talk about being a little girl who loved to learn and want to learn more about diseased directly affecting her family. This prompted her to go to medical school. Dani and Donnica talk about racial inequality in the health care system and also in medical school. Many people can go through elementary school, high school, and even into college without a black teacher. Even more never see a black doctor. The more representation there is in healthcare, the more people there are on the side of fighting racial inequity. Someone’s zip code should not dictate their life expectancy.