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Racial Disparities

Brett Dahlberg / WXXI News

A Rochester startup is looking to solve a medical problem with a global scope. VisualDx is building a database of what diseases look like on all skin colors, in an effort to correct persistent racial inequalities in diagnosis.

Scientists have known for decades about racial inequalities in access to medical care. A landmark 1985 report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, for example, found that minority Americans lived further from doctors and had less ability to pay for medical care compared to white people.

On this edition of Need to Know Rochester:

  • Current community-wide efforts to alleviate racial disparities and structural inequities in Rochester
  • A round-table discussion on the rising food truck craze in Monroe County and the potential impact of a new food truck pilot program in the City of Rochester
  • World-renowned sculptor Albert Paley takes WXXI inside his studios as he creates his latest work which will be installed on Park Avenue in New York City