A Dialogue on the Black community’s distrust in the US healthcare system

In a black and white photo, Black physicians and nurses hold various medical items and istruments around a patient laying down. One nurse is separated from the rest, near liquid containers. The logo for Dialogue is placed on the top left corner of the photo.

Frederick Douglass Hospital's operating room, circa 1900. Courtesy National Library of Medicine

According to the Pew Research Center, the majority of Black adults report having had at least one negative interaction with a health care provider.

Today, we're joined by Diamond Coleman, a student at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, to discuss her experiences as a patient and as a future healthcare professional. We'll explore what it's like to be a minority in the medical field, and how Coleman stays motivated when things get tough. We'll close off our conversation with Coleman by hearing about why she chose this path.

Following this, we'll discuss with Dr. Henry Moore and Dr. Napoleon Knight the reasons behind Black distrust in medicine, and what efforts can be made to rebuild this trust. To conclude our Dialogue, we'll share personal stories of encountering racism in the workplace and offer advice for others facing similar discrimination.


Diamond Coleman

3rd-year Medical student at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Dr. Henry Moore

Physician at Carle Hospital in Urbana, IL

Dr. Napoleon Knight

Physician at Carle Hospital in Urbana, IL