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“To have an avowed white nationalist neo-Nazi group show up in a hospital is really a testament to the work that still needs to be done.”

The rally took place outside the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

BOSTON (AP) — Two doctors who teach at Harvard Medical School and have worked to establish greater equity in health care for people of color say they are undeterred by a recent protest outside the Brigham and Women’s Boston Hospital by a group of neo-Nazis who claimed to be “anti-white”.

Dr. Michelle Morse, who was previously on staff at Brigham and Women’s, is now the New York City Health Department’s chief medical officer.

Dr. Bram Wispelwey is an internal medicine and public health physician at Brigham and Women’s.

Morse and Wispelwey told GBH News for an article posted online Wednesday that their approach to medicine addresses the health concerns of those who have historically been left behind by modern medicine.

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“What I’m trying to do is hold the industrial medical complex accountable for the harm it has done to communities of color and other communities and push for racial justice and gender equity. in all the institutions in which I am involved and in partnership with the many communities that I serve,” said Morse.

Wispelwey said his team has found it difficult to address institutional racism in medicine — like disparities in how patients are admitted for heart surgery — using racially blind methods.

“And so we wanted to take an explicit approach to race,” he said. “We can’t wait for these predominantly white institutions to come into being…we really want to make sure our patients are being taken care of in the best possible way right now.”

About two dozen protesters similarly dressed in khaki pants and dark hoodies, and wearing face coverings, held up a banner outside the hospital on January 22 that read “Hospital B and W kills white people”.

They also handed out flyers with photos of Morse and Wispelwey claiming the doctors were promoting an “anti-white genocidal policy.”

The protest was apparently spurred by an article Morse and Wispelwey published in the March 2021 Boston Review titled “An Anti-racist Agenda for Medicine” which outlined their approach to health care based on a critical theory medical model of race, and calling for “medical restitution” for black people, long excluded from top-notch healthcare.

It created a backlash, Morse said.

The GBH News Center for Investigative Reporting traced the email address to the flyer distributed at the Jan. 22 protest at the Nationalist Social Club, which is described by the Anti-Defamation League as “a neo-Nazi group with small regional chapters autonomous in the United States and abroad.

Morse and Wispelwey said they weren’t intimidated.

“To have an avowed white nationalist neo-Nazi group show up in a hospital is really a testament to the work that still needs to be done,” Wispelwey said.

“We should be doing a billion times more than that, even more actively and more directly and with ever-increasing resources,” Morse said.



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