Social Histories Matter: A Narrative Exploration of the Words We Use to Heal or Hurt

December 15, 2020


Historically, the medical establishment has exploited marginalized groups for experimentation and education. Together with structural violence factors such as racism, sexism, and homophobia, and many other modes of oppression, individuals, groups, and societies have been limited in reaching their full potential and health. Acknowledging everyone’s multiple identities and histories through direct, open, and descriptive language can lead to better rapport, mitigate bias, eliminate prejudicial thinking, and stymie burnout. It is critical to continue striving for a trauma-informed anti-racist and equitable health care system that supports autonomy and is nuanced to people’s needs. In this community, we will learn, discuss, write, and share our experiences with bias and bigotry as clinicians, patients, and community members.

Facilitator Bio

Dr. Solotskaya, received her BA in Psychology from Boston University and subsequently a Masters in Physiology as well as her medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. She completed an internship and residency at the University of Illinois–Chicago. Her clinical and research interests are focused on health disparities. She is originally from Kiev, Ukraine. Dr. Solotskaya’s interests include hiking, modern art, animals, and literature.

Event Details

December 15, 2020
6:00-8:00 pm