Advancing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Guttmacher Exchange

Medical Mistrust and Communities of Color

The 1st installment of the 2008 Guttmacher Exchange series featured an esteemed expert panel discussing the issue of medical mistrust in communities of color. About 80 sexual and reproductive health colleagues, health care educators and providers, and program managers who work directly in communities of color, participated in the event in our New York and Washington D.C. offices. Topics discussed include: reproductive justice, eugenics, medical testing on ethnic minorities, language barriers in serving immigrant women, and what providers can do to help overcome mistrust from their patients.
Hear Loretta Ross, National Coordinator, Sistersong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective, outline the historical basis for medical mistrust within communities of colors in the United States.
Hear Dr. Vanessa Cullins, Vice President Medical Affairs, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, present on connections between disparities and mistrust.
Hear Silvia Henriquez, Executive Director, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, discuss cultural challenges in providing immigrant women with sexual and reproductive health services.