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A Reckoning for Healthcare Professionals: Should They Be Activists, Too?

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Amid the dual crises of a global pandemic and a reckoning with systemic racial injustice, health workers and health educators are grappling with a momentous question that hovers between personal and professional: how much of an activist should a health care worker be?

Doctors, epidemiologists, and nurses are increasingly abandoning their characteristic reticence in favor of direct advocacy. They raised early alarms, in op-eds, and on cable news programs, about the disproportionate toll the COVID-19 pandemic was taking on communities of color. In the wake of the killing of George Floyd, the activism has intensified ...