Addressing Racial Disparities in Health: Part 2 - Racism in Healthcare Today
The history of racism in medicine dates back to the early days of our country. But even today—generations later—disparities in health continue to impact communities of color as implicit bias, social determinants of health, and other factors get in the way of fair and equal care for all.
Join us for our two-part series—Addressing Racial Disparities in Health—as Dr. Terralon Knight, Board Certified Family Physician and CEO/Founder of Knight Coaching, Dr. John Vassall, MD, FACEP, and Physician Executive for Quality, Safety and Equity at Comagine Health, and Dr. Kellee Randle, MD, Hospitalist and CEO of Equity Ventures Plus discuss the history of racism in medicine.
Terralon Knight, MD, CEO/Founder of Knight Coaching
Terralon C. Knight is Medical Director of a major health insurance company and CEO/Founder of Knight Coaching, LLC. She is a native of Mississippi and received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Tougaloo College. She obtained her medical degree from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and completed her family medicine residency at University of Texas at Houston.
Dr. Knight has a passion for the underserved, with much of her career spent serving communities in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. She has been a Medical Director with United Healthcare for eight years and she professionally coaches medical professionals looking to move into leadership and administrative roles. When she’s not working, she enjoys traveling, photography, and family game nights with her husband and three children.
John Vassall, MD, FACEP, and Physician Executive for Quality, Safety and Equity at Comagine Health.
John Vassall is the Physician Executive for Quality, Safety and Equity at Comagine Health. The product of an immigrant family and an inner-city childhood, Dr. Vassall has his Master of Science (Microbiology) and Doctor of Medicine degrees from the University of Washington and internal medicine training at Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta Georgia’s public hospital.
He has been a pioneer in addressing racial disparities—opening a clinic for Black Americans in Seattle and serving in the 80s as the Chair of the Board for the Carolyn Downs Family Medical Center, the last currently operating medical clinic in the United States started by the Black Panther Party. In addition, he has served in many leadership roles on a statewide and national level, including serving as member of the Board of the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity.
Kellee Randle, MD, Hospitalist and CEO of Equity Ventures Plus, LLC.
Dr. Kellee Randle (Doctor Kellee) is a board-certified physician in internal medicine. She received her doctor of osteopathic medicine from the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center in 2010, and went on to complete her internal medicine training at Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in 2013. Currently, she is a hospitalist in Dallas, Texas.
As the founder and CEO of Equity Ventures Plus, LLC, her mission is to educate healthcare professionals about implicit bias and empower minority communities to advocate for themselves in healthcare settings. She is respected for her medical opinion and known for her ability to make complex medical concepts understandable for her audiences.
In her spare time, Doctor Kellee enjoys volunteering with medical missions, traveling, exercising, reading, and spending time with her family. She is also an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.