WebMD Magazine Special Series: Social Justice

Disparities in the Health Care System

Chief Medical Officer John Whyte, MD, has a candid conversation with Amir Abdul-Jabbar, MD, about the health care disparities for people of color. In this one-on-one interview, the two discuss everything from the lack of access to health care to underlying health conditions, and much more. Abdul-Jabbar also delves into the shortage of Black men in the medical profession and the tremendous support he received from his father, NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, when going to college and pursuing a career in medicine.

More in This Series

Former NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar talks about the threats in the health care system that leave Black Americans at a higher risk of disease.

The pandemic and the social justice movement in 2020 highlighted the structural racism in many areas, including medicine, leading some to ask, "Where are the black doctors?" We explore the issue.

Mental illness has long been cloaked in shame in the Black community. Experts talk about the misconceptions that have prevented this group of people from getting the help they need.