Soapbox is Donaghue’s blog. We view Soapbox as a place for the Foundation and its grantees, advisers and colleagues to step up on the soapbox to express views and share knowledge related to healthcare innovation, medical research and education, and the challenges of putting evidence to action to improve health.
April 23, 2020
The Room Where Research Happens: How I Became Part of a Group that Was Open to Research the Topic that Few Seemed Willing to Discuss
Do you ever think you are the only one? It’s a reality many African Americans experience as we continue to climb the corporate ladders in healthcare. We enter rooms, “lean in” to tables, and “bring our own chairs” to meetings where we are usually not members of the guest list. I’ve had my share of these moments and still find myself in rooms where I am the only African American woman in a room of triple digit attendees. It's even more concerning when the topic is caring for, managing, resourcing or determining the needs of populations that look like me and nothing like those in power.