Marie Plaisime

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Each day, we are presented with reports of racially charged conflicts across the nation, yet we repeatedly ignore the indirect and often devastating impact of personally mediated racism within the health care system. Studies have shown that Black men are more likely to receive lower-quality care than are white patients, even when presenting identical symptoms of myocardial infarction. As a doctoral student at Howard University, Marie seeks to investigate how provider bias contributes to cardiovascular diseases. As a Health Policy Research Scholar, she plans to identify how racism impacts policies, practices, and norms that perpetuate racial disparities in cardiovascular care. By measuring and analyzing interactions between patients, clinicians, and medical teams, Marie hopes to enhance the detection of racial disparities in cardiac care and contribute to policy development in health care delivery.

MORE ABOUT MARIE
Marie’s desire to understand the complex interactions between race and health stems from her experiences as the daughter of Haitian immigrants. Her work aims to improve life for disadvantaged communities. Marie’s PhD research goals are focused on ensuring that optimal health is a shared value for all, regardless of social location.

DISSERTATION GRANT AWARDEE — DECEMBER 2019
Perceptions of Racial Bias & Interracial Anxiety Among Medical Students: A Mixed Methods Study

Building on previous research, my dissertation analyzed longitudinal survey data and semi-structured interviews to investigate the impact of training on racial bias, interracial anxiety, interracial interactions, and burnout on medical decision-making. Using quantitative research methods, including structural equation modeling, latent growth curve modeling, cross-lagged path modeling, and qualitative in-depth interviews, findings from my study suggest that misinformation regarding race and racism in medical curricula and training are left unresolved and must be addressed to improve clinical practices and inform current policies.

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