To begin addressing racial bias in medicine, start with the skin

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“Until the color of a man’s skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes.” — Bob Marley, “War”

Racial inequity in the U.S. health system is, in many ways, far deadlier than police violence.

The failures of the health care industry to appropriately care for Black patients are well-documented, resulting in the lowest life expectancy of any major group in the U.S. In addition to poverty, lack of access to care, and inadequate treatment, people of color are also dying due to bias in medical education, clinicians’ insufficient exam skills, and lack of appropriate information tools. The medical community needs to wake up and start fixing the way we recruit, train, and equip clinicians to reverse the trend of Black Americans dying too early and too often.


My specialty, dermatology, is a prime example of the kinds of changes we need.

The skin

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Top PA Health Official ‘Optimistic’ For In-Person Fall Start

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HARRISBURG, PA — Pennsylvania health officials affirmed Thursday that the state remains committed to reopening schools for in-person learning this fall, stressing that the actions we take now will determine the safety of the environment when children and teachers return to the classrooms.

Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Rachel Levine, speaking during a Thursday news conference, said the state maintains its goal “right now” is that schools will be open for in-person learning this fall. She noted many districts are planning varying degrees of in-person instruction, including hybrid or matrix models.

“We are going to stay positive and optimistic that there will be in-person school when school opens in August and we’ll be working towards that,” Levine said.

But, she stressed, there are things we can do now to ensure that goal happens, like wearing masks and following the governor’s mitigation guidelines.

“That’s why the mitigation efforts we have talked about

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Chesapeake teachers group advocates for all-virtual start to school year

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The association representing more than 1,000 Chesapeake teachers and school staff said Wednesday that it does not support any plan that calls for in-person instruction when school resumes.

The announcement by the Chesapeake Education Association calls for virtual instruction for all students during the first semester given an increase in numbers of coronavirus cases in the region, including Chesapeake. It comes days before the city school board is set to vote on a plan that would bring at least some students back to the classroom in September. The group said it does not support those plans until various concerns are addressed, including safety and sanitation in school buildings.

The education association is opposed to any version of in-person learning, including an option called the “on-campus continuum.” That includes one model of traditional, five day learning in the classroom. The option is contingent on rates of coronavirus infections — more cases

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Baltimore County postpones start of high school sports season ahead of virtual-only semester

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Although Maryland Superintendent of Schools Karen Salmon did not provide any specific guidelines for the high school fall sports season during Wednesday’s press conference, Baltimore County Public Schools on Tuesday night proposed in its draft reopening plan postponing the start of the athletic season.

BCPS Coordinator of Athletics Michael Sye confirmed the decision to postpone the fall season in an email obtained by Baltimore Sun Media to its athletic directors Wednesday. The county Board of Education on Tuesday proposed a delay to return to school buildings until the semester ends Jan. 29, and in its reopening plan it writes the postponing of the athletics season “while instruction is virtual and until it is safe to conduct all the various facets of organized team sports.”

Coaches may continue to provide virtual conditioning.

The fall sports season was set to begin with tryouts on Aug. 12. Sports played in the fall season

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Pasco Schools To Delay Start Of School 2 Weekss

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LAND O’ LAKES, FL — At least one Tampa Bay school district won’t be sending students back to school April 10.

Pasco County School Superintendent Kurt Browning recommended a two-week delay to the start of the school year, with students returning to school on Aug. 24 instead of Aug. 10. Teachers will return to work on Aug. 17.

The school board unanimously approved Browning’s recommendation at Tuesday’s Pasco County School Board meeting. Pasco is the first Tampa Bay school district to delay the start of the school year. The Hillsborough County School Board is expected to make a similar decision on Thursday.

The decision comes two days after a popular Seven Springs Middle School sixth-grade teacher died from the coronavirus.

“Here in Pasco County, we share the health and safety concerns being expressed by parents, students and teachers,” said Browning who was also diagnosed with the coronavirus over the summer.

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Illinois Teachers Union Says School Year Should Start Online

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WESTMONT, IL — The union representing teachers in Illinois called for the school year to begin with remote learning. A return to in-person instruction is currently too risky, according to the Illinois Federation of Teachers.

In a statement issued Monday, the statewide teacher’s union provided a list of 10 safety measures that every school district and college needs for its members to feel safe returning to the classroom. Too many schools cannot achieve “critical safety benchmarks,” it said.

“We arrived at this position by having talked to our members extensively about how do we do this,” Illinois Federation of Teachers President Dan Montgomery said in the statement. “Our primary concern is keeping everybody safe — not only our members, but our students, their families and their communities. At this point our recommendation is that schools should return to online or remote learning for the beginning of the school year. It

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As Trump pressures schools to reopen, California’s 2 largest school districts say they’re going to start online only in the fall

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President Trump is seen outside the White House on July 11, 2020.
President Trump is seen outside the White House on July 11, 2020.

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  • The Los Angeles and San Diego unified school systems said they’ll be starting the fall semester off online in a joint statement. 

  • The announcement comes after President Donald Trump said he’d pressure states to reopen in-person classes in the fall. 

  • The two districts have a combined total of 700,000 students, according to NPR.

  • On Monday, public health officials in Los Angeles County announced 2,593 new cases of COVID-19 and 13 new deaths.

  • Other counties, like Orange County, California, voted on Monday to reopen schools without measures requiring masks or increased social distancing.

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The Los Angeles and San Diego unified school systems announced that they’ll be going online only at the start of the fall semester, according to a joint statement.

“One fact is clear: those countries that have managed

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L.A. and San Diego school districts to start the year online

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The two largest school districts in California announced Monday that classes will be online-only at the start of the school year, citing “skyrocketing infection rates” of the coronavirus in their areas.

The Los Angeles and San Diego unified school districts, which issued a joint announcement, will begin online instruction in mid-August but will “continue planning for a return to in-person learning during the 2020-21 academic year, as soon as public health conditions allow.”

Los Angeles Unified, the country’s second-largest school district with roughly 700,000 students, will begin instruction Aug. 18; San Diego Unified, which serves more than 100,000 students, is set to start Aug. 31.

“There’s a public health imperative to keep schools from becoming a petri dish,” Austin Beutner, the school superintendent in Los Angeles, said in a video message posted online.

In the joint announcement, the school districts said the research around coronavirus-era school safety remains “incomplete,” and

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2 biggest California districts say school will start online

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles and San Diego school districts, the two largest in California with a combined K-12 student population of about 720,000, announced Monday they won’t bring students back to classrooms next month because of rising coronavirus hospitalizations and infection rates.

School leaders said there is too much uncertainty surrounding the safety of students and staff to try to return pupils to classrooms right away so they will continue the distance learning that was employed for the final months of the spring semester.

“There’s a public health imperative to keep schools from becoming a petri dish,” said Austin Beutner, superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District — the second-largest public school district in the country. “The health and safety of all in the school community is not something we can compromise.”

In a letter to parents, Cindy Marten, superintendent of the San Diego Unified School

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LA and San Diego school districts will start fall classes online only; California orders statewide closures

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Two of the largest school districts in the U.S., the Los Angeles and San Diego unified school districts, said Monday that their academic years will start with only online instruction, as California continues to fight a surge of COVID-19 cases.  

The districts made the announcement in a joint statement and said their academic calendars will begin as scheduled – Aug. 18 for Los Angeles and Aug. 31 for San Diego. The statement added that both districts will plan to resume in-person learning “as soon as public health conditions allow.”

Also on Monday, Florida reported another alarming number of new coronavirus, as President Donald Trump displayed his frustration with the CDC and the World Health Organization’s director warned that the global pandemic is worsening.

“We need to reach a sustainable situation where we have adequate control of this virus without shutting down our lives entirely,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Monday, adding

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