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Own Our Legacy

Learning Objective

Learners will become familiar with historical context and implications for disparities in sexual and reproductive health. This video will review how the history of oppression, contributes to current health inequities.

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Personal Reflection Questions

  1. Were you aware of the legacies of oppression within the medical establishment and how they connect to modern inequities in sexual and reproductive health? If not, why do you think that is?
  2. Were any of the statistics in this video new to you? How do they make you feel?
  3. Think of an example of a law, policy, or system that has treated someone differently based on their race, gender, class, or other identifying factor, in your patient population.


Medical Apartheid

Medical Bondage

Anarcha and the Mothers of Modern Gynecology

Racial bias in pain assessment and treatment recommendations, and false beliefs about biological differences between blacks and whites

HRD-77-3 Investigation of Allegations Concerning Indian Health Service

Forced Sterilization of Native Americans: Later Twentieth Century Physician Cooperation with National Eugenic Policies?

California was sterilizing its female prisoners as late as 2010

Disproportionate Sterilization of Latinos Under California’s Eugenic Sterilization Program, 1920–1945

Killing the Black Body

How False Beliefs in Physical Racial Difference Still Live in Medicine Today – The New York Times


Prevalence of HIV and healthcare experiences among people of transgender experience