The Origins of Medical Mistrust in the U.S.
Medical mistrust in the U.S. stems from long-held practices and now widely publicized events that have shaken communities throughout our history. Although the U.S. was founded on the principles of freedom and equal rights for everyone, it has not always delivered that promise for everyone living within its borders. The transatlantic slave trade, the Trail of Tears, and the practice of eugenics are just a few examples that illustrate the origins of medical mistrust. Groups that have historically been marginalized, taken advantage of, and wronged in the U.S. are more likely to mistrust medical and public health authorities. This mistrust is deeply rooted and will take time and effort to address.