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Why your doctor should care about social justice



In Zimbabwe in the 1980s| Mary Bassett witnessed the AIDS epidemic firsthand| and she helped set up a clinic to treat and educate local people about the deadly virus. But looking back| she regrets not sounding the alarm for the real problem: the structural inequities embedded in the world's political and economic organizations| inequities that make marginalized people more vulnerable. These same structural problems exist in the United States today| and as New York City's Health Commissioner| Bassett is using every chance she has to rally support for health equity and speak out against racism. ""We don't have to have all the answers to call for change|"" she says. ""We just need courage."