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Life expectancy for Native Americans has stagnated — even long before Covid

Life expectancy for Native Americans has stagnated, a new study finds. “To have that long of a period of time and no increase in life expectancy was probably the most shocking finding,” one of the authors said.

Incoming JAMA editor says the journal’s issues handling race are ‘not unique to JAMA’

In her most pointed public comments since her selection as JAMA editor-in-chief, Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo acknowledged she had a visceral reaction to the podcast scandal that led to her predecessor’s departure. But ultimately, she wasn’t surprised.

After accusations of structural racism at JAMA, a Black health-equity advocate is named the journal’s editor

Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, a Black internist and epidemiologist at the University of California, San Francisco, has been a leading voice for equitable health care during the Covid-19 pandemic.

‘We don’t have a say’: Siobhan Wescott wants to elevate the voices of Native Americans in public health

"Even in the simplest things — what do we call ourselves? — we don't have a say in that," physician and public health expert Siobhan Wescott says of the terms used to describe Native American/American Indian populations.

Siobhan Wescott

Last year, Wescott became the first endowed professor and director of American Indian health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s College of Public Health. Now she is fighting to reverse years of long-standing neglect and promote the healing of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Wescott, who is Alaskan Athabaskan, previously co-directed a University of…

JAMA editor-in-chief stepping down after backlash from podcast that questioned racism in medicine

Following a major backlash after JAMA aired a podcast and posted a tweet questioning whether structural racism exists in medicine, the journal’s editor-in-chief, Howard Bauchner, will be stepping down.

After 40 years, medical schools are admitting fewer Black male or Native American students

While U.S. medical schools have talked for years about their efforts to enroll more students of color, the new data underscore how little progress has been made.

Troubling podcast puts JAMA, the ‘voice of medicine,’ under fire for its mishandling of race

A JAMA podcast — whose host, a white editor and physician, questioned whether racism even exists in medicine — is surfacing complaints that JAMA and other elite medical journals have routinely excluded, minimized, and mishandled issues of race.