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Laupus Library Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility Libguide

DEI and Health: Books and Articles

The following books and articles are just a small selection of resources available at Laupus Library exploring topics related to inequality in health due to race, gender, sexual orientation and ability.

Selection of DEI books

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Medical Apartheid by Harriet Washington

The first full history of Black America's shocking mistreatment as unwilling and unwitting experimental subjects at the hands of the medical establishment.

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Public Health Perspectives on Disability. Edited by Donald Lollar and Elena. Andresen

An educational framework for rethinking disability in public health study and practice, and for attaining the competencies that should accompany this knowledge. 

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Health Care Disparities and the LGBT Population, Edited by Vickie Harvey and Teresa Heinz Housel

Health Care Disparities and the LGBT Population addresses a people whose lack of health care access, including mistreatment and refusal of services, are often omitted from discussions about health care and insurance reform.

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skoots

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells--taken without her knowledge--became one of the most important tools in medicine:

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Black and Blue by John Hoberman

Black & Blue is the first systematic description of how American doctors think about racial differences and how this kind of thinking affects the treatment of their black patients.

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Seeing Patients: Unconscious Bias in Healthcare by Augustus White

If you're going to have a heart attack, an organ transplant, or a joint replacement, here's the key to getting the very best medical care: be a white, straight, middle-class male.

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Reproductive Injustice by Dána-Ain Davis

A troubling study of the role that medical racism plays in the lives of black women who have given birth to premature and low birth weight infants

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Bodies and Barriers, Edited by Adrian Shanker

The contributors to Bodies and Barriers look for tangible improvements, drawing from the history of HIV/AIDS in the U.S. and from struggles against health care bias and discrimination...An indispensable blueprint for change by some of the most passionate and important health activists in the LGBT movement today.

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Social Injustice and Public Health, Edited by Barry Levy

A comprehensive, up-to-date resource for understanding and addressing the profound impacts of social injustice on public health.

Selection of DEI Articles

Racism in Healthcare


PubMed search

  • Diversity OR Racism AND Health policy OR Health services AND Medical education OR Medical schools AND health disparities OR health equity AND African Americans OR latino americans 
  • Health equity and social determinants of health:  

Ableism in Healthcare


  • Goodrow G, Biopower, Disability and Capitalism: Neoliberal Eugenics and the Future of ART Regulation, 26 Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy 137-155 (2019). Available at:
  • Sabatello M, Burke TB, McDonald KE, Appelbaum PS. Disability, Ethics, and Health Care in the COVID-19 Pandemic. Am J Public Health. 2020;110(10):1523-1527. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2020.305837
  • Nakkeeran N, Nakkeeran B. Disability, mental health, sexual orientation and gender identity: understanding health inequity through experience and difference. Health Res Policy Syst. 2018;16(Suppl 1):97. Published 2018 Oct 9. doi:10.1186/s12961-018-0366-1

PubMed Search

  • (Disability OR ableism OR disability-rights) AND (discrimination OR inequality) AND (healthcare OR health services)

Sexual Orientation and Gender Discrimination in Healthcare


  • O'Shea A, Latham JR, McNair R, et al. Experiences of LGBTIQA+ People with Disability in Healthcare and Community Services: Towards Embracing Multiple Identities. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020;17(21):8080. Published 2020 Nov 2. doi:10.3390/ijerph17218080
  • Morris M, Cooper RL, Ramesh A, et al. Training to reduce LGBTQ-related bias among medical, nursing, and dental students and providers: a systematic review. BMC Med Educ. 2019;19(1):325. Published 2019 Aug 30. doi:10.1186/s12909-019-1727-3
  • Baptiste-Roberts K, Oranuba E, Werts N, Edwards LV. Addressing Health Care Disparities Among Sexual MinoritiesObstet Gynecol Clin North Am. 2017;44(1):71-80. doi:10.1016/j.ogc.2016.11.003
  • Haider AH, Schneider EB, Kodadek LM, et al. Emergency Department Query for Patient-Centered Approaches to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity : The EQUALITY Study. JAMA Intern Med. 2017;177(6):819-828. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.0906

PubMed Search

  • Discrimination OR prejudice OR Inequality AND LGBTQ OR sexual orientation OR sexual and gender minorities AND health disparities OR health equity