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A Black Jamaican-born woman became the first person in the nation to be vaccinated against the novel coronavirus, flickering emotions of pride and skepticism against the backdrop of the federal government’s rollout of vaccines against a virus that’s killed over 300,000 Americans. CBSSM's Melissa Creary, PhD, spoke to The Lily News about the ways the photos may have conjured suspicion and reminders of the US's problematic past for black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) Americans.


The toll of the COVID-19 pandemic has been most devastating for people of color in the U.S. This fact is bringing to the forefront renewed questions about the pervasiveness of health disparities in this country. And while many point to social and economic forces, researchers are also taking a deeper look at the delivery of health care itself. To what extent is discrimination in the healthcare system negatively affecting the health of patients seeking care? In a new study published in JAMA Network Open, Paige Nong and colleagues, including CBSSM's Melissa Creary, PhD and Jodyn Platt, PhD, surveyed just over 2,000 respondents in a new study examining lifetime experiences of discrimination within the healthcare system.


CBSSM's Andrew Shuman, MD recently co-authored a law review on NCAA regulation and ethics in the COVID era. This law review article was also picked up and quoted heavily in the Washington Post.

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Symptoms such as pain, fatigue and pruritus often went underrecognized among patients with breast cancer treated with radiotherapy, according to study results presented at the virtual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. Black patients and younger patients appeared at significantly higher risk for symptom underrecognition, results showed. CBSSM's Director Reshma Jagsi was first author on this study.

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In a recent Hospital Finance podcast, CBSSM's Jeff Kullgren discusses his study on the use of Health Savings Accounts to save for health care expenses.  Dr. Kullgren and colleagues found that 1 in 3 Americans enrolled in high-deductible health plans lack a health savings account.