The American Hospital Association is working to recognize the impactful work of Black doctors and health care workers throughout history. AHA encourages you to use these on your social media to help spread the word.
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Did you know: In 1837, James McCune Smith, M.D. graduated from the University of Glasgow (Scotland) and became the first Black American to earn a medical degree. #BlackHistoryMonth #BlackDoctors
#BlackHistoryMonth Fact: In 1864, Rebecca Lee Crumpler, M.D., became the first Black woman to earn a medical degree when she graduated from New England Female Medical College in Boston. #BlackDoctors
In 1868, @HowardU School of Medicine became the first program in the country to welcome medical students of all races, genders, and social classes. A full course of lectures for the 1868-1869 school year cost $135. #BlackHistoryMonth #BlackDoctors
In 1912, Solomon Carter Fuller, M.D., the country’s first Black psychiatrist, published the first comprehensive clinical review of all Alzheimer’s cases that had been reported up to that point. #BlackHistoryMonth #BlackDoctors
#BlackHistoryMonth Fact: In 1939, surgeon Charles Drew, M.D., discovered that blood plasma could be dried and reconstituted, making it an effective substitute for whole blood transfusions. He created the nation’s first large-scale blood bank. #BlackDoctors
Did you know: Alexa Canady, M.D., became the first Black woman neurosurgeon in the U.S. in 1981. She served as chief of neurosurgery at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan from 1987-2001. #BlackHistoryMonth #BlackDoctors
#BlackHistoryMonth Fact: Marilyn Hughes Gaston, M.D.’s groundbreaking study of sickle-cell disease in 1986 led to a nationwide screening program to test newborns for immediate treatment. #BlackDoctors
#BlackHistoryMonth Fact: Patricia Bath, M.D., became the first Black woman physician to receive a medical patent in 1988 with her Laserphaco Probe, which improved cataract treatment. #BlackDoctors
In 1995, Lonnie Bristow, M.D., becomes the first African American President of the @AmerMedicalAssn in its 148-year history. His work addressed areas in sickle cell anemia, coronary care and socio-economic issues impacting health care. #BlackHistoryMonth #BlackDoctors
Did you miss our Health Equity Roundtable webinar with Carl Hill, M.D.? Learn more about Dr. Hill and his role at the Alzheimer’s Association where he works to build equitable care and research practices. #BlackHistoryMonth #BlackLeadership https://youtu.be/breIS5m_jwQ
Learn more about the impactful work and excellent care that Steve Nwanguma, R.N., accomplishes at Duke Regional Hospital! #WeAreHealthcare #BlackHistoryMonth https://youtu.be/Pz-NAkXnhpw
While Jamie Carmichael served as the Chief Health Opportunity Advisor for the Ohio Department of Health, she focused on eliminating population health disparities in Ohio through several objectives! Learn about Carmichael’s goals here: https://youtu.be/tUIdwrcg94A
The average postpartum depression affects 1 in 8 women, but the risk in 1.6x higher for Black women. Learn four ways hospitals and health systems can support Black women’s maternal mental health: https://www.aha.org/news/blog/2022-07-19-supporting-black-womens-maternal-mental-health-journey
In 2017, AHA sat down with John W. Bluford III as he recalled lessons learned in each step in his career. He described the importance his service as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the AHA. He also shared information about his passion – the Bluford Healthcare Leadership Institute. Watch now: https://www.aha.org/videos/2018-02-05-john-w-bluford-iii-interview
Commemorating Black History Month by continuing the crusade for equitable care: https://ifdhe.aha.org/news/blog/2023-02-01-commemorating-black-history-month-continuing-crusade-equitable-care
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