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LETTER TO THE EDITOR, THE NEW YORK TIMES:

In your recent editorial, (The Case for Black Doctors, 5/15/15) Dr. Damon Tweedy, a psychiatrist at Duke University, discussed the importance of hiring Black doctors and the affect it has on the Black community. “As a general rule, black patients are more likely to feel comfortable with black doctors. Studies have shown that they are more likely to seek them out for treatment, and to report higher satisfaction with their care,” Tweedy explains.

That's why it's important that, given the largely African American/Caribbean American population of central Brooklyn, Interfaith Medical Center should be making a greater effort to retain existing and recruit new staff that reflects the community.  Black doctors would help increase the general health of a community that is lacking critical health services. Central Brooklyn residents experience more barriers to health care access than those in NYC overall, with nearly 3 in 10 without a regular doctor. The experts have spoken: black doctors are vital to black communities. Hospitals like Interfaith Medical Center should follow suit with plans to attract and keep them.

Diane Porter

President, IM Foundation

New York, NY

718-783-5256

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