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People Like Us: How Our Identities Shape Health And Educational Success
National Public Radio

A visit to a new doctor can be a stressful experience. You know the feeling. Sitting in a cold exam room, naked save for a flimsy gown, waiting for a stranger to poke and prod you. When the doctor finally enters, most of us are looking for signs that we can trust this person, that they are going to help rather than harm us.

So what is it that makes us trust doctors enough to allow them to stick needles in our skin or put us on a diet? That’s what Owen Garrick wanted to know. He’s a doctor and researcher in Oakland, California, and has been trying to improve health outcomes for black men. Black men have the lowest life expectancy of any major demographic group. Owen says they are dying of preventable or chronic diseases like prostate cancer.