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Black during a pandemic (Part 4)

  • Featuring: Theresa, Rachel, & Joel Bervell
  • Date Submitted: Apr 14, 2021
  • Location: Alaska

The U.S. government conducted a 40-year experiment of syphilis on hundreds of unsuspecting Black men. The so-called Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment ended in 1972 after a leak to the press. Yet fallout from that unethical study has contributed to deep mistrust of the healthcare system among Black people, and hinders public-health initiatives such as vaccinations. In this final installment of a four-part series examining inequities in healthcare, the Bervell family offers prescriptions for fixing racial disparities in medicine. Edit credit: Sean Collins

Black during the pandemic (part 1)

Black during the pandemic (part 2)

Black during the pandemic (part 3)


  • Theresa Bervell
  • Joel Bervell
  • Rachel Bervell
  • Health disparities
  • Black
  • DEI
  • Health Equity
  • Medical student
  • Caregiver
  • Doctor
  • Family


  • Black
  • Health equity
  • Diversity
  • Covid
  • Caregiver