Once the change in health insurance made Bernard Maeken break his ties with his black doctor, he was trying to find another African-American doctor online. Then he realized that two health advocates hid in a prominent place.
At a nearby pharmacy here, in the suburbs outside St. Louis, two pharmacists became unexpected allies of Macon and his wife Brandy. Like Makons, the pharmacists were energetic young parents who were married – and irrepressibly black.
Vincent and Lekeysha Williams, who own a pharmacy for health and wellness, did not hesitate to help when Brandy had difficulty getting the medicine she had before and after her sinus surgery last year. Williams called when Brandy, a medical assistant who had worked in medicine for 1
"They have completely gone beyond and beyond," says 36-year-old Bernard Macon. a computer programmer and a father of two. "They turned what might have been a bad experience into a good experience."
Nowadays, more than ever, the Mackons rely on black medical specialists to give their family better care. The children of Macon see a black pediatrician. A black dentist cares for their teeth. Brandy Macon relies on the black gynecologist. Now the two black pharmacists fill the gap for Bernard Macon while he is looking for a doctor in his primary care on his network, giving him trusted confidence that chain pharmacies are unlikely to be.
Black Americans continue to face persistent differences in healthcare. Compared to their white colleagues, black men and women are more likely to die of heart disease, stroke, cancer, asthma, flu, pneumonia, diabetes and AIDS, according to the Office of Minority Health.
Competent cultural care – the act of recognizing heritage, beliefs, and patient values during treatment – often shows improved patient outcomes, according to multiple studies. Part of this is trust and understanding, and part of it may be a more nuanced knowledge of the medical conditions that may be more prevalent in these populations
For patients finding a way to identify with their pharmacist can pay a great deal of time. Cutting pills in half, passing doses or taking medications as a whole can harm human health – even deadly. Many patients see their pharmacists a month, much more often than their doctors' annual visits, creating more supportive care.
That's why some black pharmacists find ways to connect with customers in and out of their stores. Inspiring music, advice, accessibility and transparency have turned some minority-owned pharmacies into hubs for culturally competent care. Michael B. Thomas / for Kaiser Health News
"We understand the community because we are part of the community," said Leakey Williams. "We can see our area by doing events, attending events, and promoting health and well-being."
To be sure, this concern is not just about African Americans. But distrust of the medical profession is a particular obstacle that must be overcome in the treatment of black Americans.
Many of them are still shaken by the history of Henriette Lakes, whose cells have been used in research all over the world without the knowledge of her family; the Tuskegee project, which failed to cure the black men with syphilis; and other projects used by African Americans unethical for research
Filling More Recipes
In a black-owned premier pharmacy and wellness center near Greater Heights, a historical black neighborhood in Charlotte, North Carolina, the playlist is almost as important as the clinic for urgent care at the pharmacy. The owner, Martez Princ, watches his clients, who crawl along the paths as they pass through the shop, listening to Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Kirk Franklin, Whitney Houston and other black artists.
The Prince tells him his music helps him in his goal health care is more accessible and provides medical advice patients can trust.
In rural Georgia, Teresa Mitchell, a black woman with 25 years of experience at the pharmacy, connects clients with home health aides, shows them how to access online insurance services and even make home calls. The Total Care Care pharmacy is the only healthcare provider in Baconton, where approximately half of the city's 900 inhabitants are black.
"We're doing more than just letting go," Mitchell said. After opening Total Care Pharmacy in 2016, she struggled to take prescriptions before Mitchell came to town. "It was so fast because I did not have my own transport," Bradley said. "It's so convenient for us older people who have to pay someone to get out of town and get our medicine."
Lakesha M. Butler, chairman of the National Pharmaceutical Association, advocates such culturally competent care through the professional organization representing minorities in the pharmacy industry and studies him in his academic work at Edwardsville campus at the University of Southern Illinois. She also feels her influence directly, she says when she sees patients in clinics two days a week in St. Charles, the United States and East St. Louis, Illinois. in a clinical setting and an African-American patient sees me, "Butler said. "This is the pure joy that comes to their face, sigh of relief. It's like, "OK, I'm glad you're here because I can be honest with you, and I know you'll be honest with me."
She often turns out to train her black patients with diabetes, high blood pressure . , high cholesterol and other common illnesses.
"Unfortunately, there is still a lack of knowledge in these areas," Butler said. "So these conditions can be so prevalent."
The Avoidance of Medical Microaggregations
For McCon, his experiences with medical professionals of different origins from his owner left him many disappointed and hesitant to open.
After his wife had a miscarriage, McConnell said, the couple did not receive the compassion they yearned for as they grieve for the loss. A few years later, bad experience with their children's pediatrician when their eldest child had a painful ear infection caused a move to another provider.
"The daughter needed attention at once, but we could not get to anyone," Macon recalled. "That's when my wife said," We do not do that anymore! "
Today Makon's idea of good health is not colorless. If the physician can not provide sympathetic and expert care, he is ready to move, even if it is difficult to find a deputy
31-year-old Kimberly Wilson will soon be running an application for consumers like MacKon who are looking for culturally competent care. Therapists, dulles, dentists, specialists, and even color pharmacists will be invited to point out their services to HUED. Beta testing is expected to launch this summer in New York and Washington, and the app will be free for consumers.
"Black Americans are more aware of their health from many different points of view," Wilson said. "We started to move forward."
But even after the introduction of HUED, such healthcare can be difficult. While about 13% of the US population is black, only about 6% of doctors and surgeons in the country are black, according to data from the United States. Black pharmacists account for about 7% of the professionals in their field, and although demand is high, black students account for about 9% of all students enrolled in a school of pharmacy in 2018
For MacKen Williams The healthcare and wellness healthcare in Shilo provides some of the support he was looking for.
"I still remember the first day I went there. It was almost like a barber sensation, "said Macon, likening it to municipal centers where customers can talk about sports, family, and faith while they are trimming. "I can relate to who's behind the counter." Kaiser Health News (KHN) is a non-governmental information service that covers health issues. This is an independent version of the Kaiser Family Foundation, which is not related to Kaiser Permanente.