Racial Inequalities in Healthcare


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Medicine and POC is about uncovering and discovering the historical and more recent racial disparities in healthcare.   Learning about the past is relevant to our awareness and sensitivity to communities of color in the present.  We need to be aware about what people have been capable of doing to others in the name of medicine. We need to know the thought and ideology that has led to those actions.  We also need to be able to identify the actions and how they happened.  All to make us more aware of how people of color experience issues of health unequally.  

Objective 1 People will learn how the ideology of race and images of the “other” influence the consideration of pain and treatment for people of color.

Objective 2 People will learn how the concepts about race and pain dehumanized people of color as subjects of medical experimentation. They will also learn how that experience is intersectional with class, race, and gender.


Objective 3 People will learn how older notions of race and pain continue to influence the under treatment and neglect of pain for people of color. 

Objective 4 People will learn how racial ideologies affect sterilization and attempts at population control of people of color.

Objective 5 People will learn that 19th century  ideas about race were at the center of making drugs illegal throughout the 20th and 21st century. People will also learn about treatment of drug abuse as a disease vs. treating it as a crime.  

Objective 6  People will learn about how immigration policy and lack of care is not based on health. 


Objective 7   People will learn how the failings of the health care system have left people of color more vulnerable to COVID.  People will also learn how efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID  were purposely impeded in communities of color.

Get to know your facilitator Diana Martinez, M.A. in History

I was born and raised in El Paso, Texas by immigrant parents from Juarez.  I come from a large extended family that is binational. My parents named me after the statue of the huntress in Mexico City on Reforma Street. I graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso with a BA in History and a minor in Secondary Education. My focus was in Native American and Latin American history.  After graduation, I taught in public, private, and charter schools.   I have taught from 6th to 12th grade levels before teaching college.  At the high school level,  I taught world geography, art history, world history, American history, American literature, British literature, world literature, government, and economics.  At the middle school, I taught writing composition, Texas History, and American history.  In 2009  I graduated with a Master’s in History.  Most of my courses were both Latin American history, Borderland history, and Orientalism.  My thesis paper was about the Western perception of Tibetan from 1900 to 1950.   In 2005 I was licensed as a massage therapist.

Since 2010 I taught at the college level at both at El Paso Community College and at the University of Texas at El Paso. At UTEP I taught Humanities 3303 Challenges in Modern Culture, from 1600 to present and Humanities 3303 Intellectuals on the Edge from 1900 – the present.  I taught American History 1301 and American History 1302 at both institutions.  I grew up with a strong passion for art, history, and literature that goes into my teaching. My students remark that my enthusiasm inspires them to learn.   

I have worked with others to organize community actions to stand up for the rights of immigrants and immigrant children in detention.  Part of the community organizing involved public speaking and presenting about immigration and Latinx history in America.   I did one presentation on the Flores Settlement Agreement as it pertains to the rights of children in detention at the El Paso Community College for Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education.  The other two presentations I did at El Paso Community College for the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education was on Jaime Escalante and Rosita the Riveter the Latina Contribution to World War II.  I made contributions and spoke at the following community actions: Lights for Liberty, Mother’s Day protest, Christmas at Tornillo, and Witness at Tornillo documentary premier at the Alamo Draft House.   

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