Doctors Rally in New York to Support Protests

June 8, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under Communication, COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce, Engagement & Morale, For Career Seekers, For Employers

Last modified June 9, 2020

MedPage Today discusses in this article how physicians, nurses, and other healthcare workers at Bellevue Hospital here took a knee outside the facility Thursday to honor George Floyd and other victims of police brutality.

More than 100 employees gathered, sharing a “moment” of silence that lasted nearly nine minutes, the same amount of time that Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck before killing him. The protest at Bellevue, part of the NYC Health + Hospitals network, was one of six protests staged by residents at hospitals across the city throughout the afternoon.

Ravi J. Shah, MD, an internal medicine resident at NYU Langone Health who attended the Bellevue protest, highlighted the disproportionate rate at which COVID-19 is killing black Americans, and how systematic racism contributes to this disparity by putting black Americans at an increased risk for diseases of poverty, segregated healthcare, and inequitable access to education and housing.

“These are public health issues that healthcare providers should be intimately involved in helping to address,” Shah said.

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