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Vaccine Hesitancy Among Racial Minorities Likely Due to History of Untrustworthy Medical Practices, Experts Say

The U.S. has an extensive history "shaking confidence in science and medicine" for racial minorities, according to Francisco Lucio, JD, associate dean of the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. He said this is an important backdrop for the considerable hesitation to receive the COVID-19 vaccine among minority communities.

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Founded in 2007, the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix inspires and trains exemplary physicians, scientists and leaders to optimize health and health care in Arizona and beyond. By cultivating collaborative research locally and globally, the college accelerates discovery in a number of critical areas — including cancer, stroke, traumatic brain injury and cardiovascular disease. Championed as a student-centric campus, the college has graduated 593 physicians, all of whom received exceptional training from nine clinical partners and more than 2,400 diverse faculty members. As the anchor to the Phoenix Biomedical Campus, which is projected to have an economic impact of $3.1 billion by 2025, the college prides itself on engaging with the community, fostering education, inclusion, access and advocacy.