Mistrust in the US Healthcare System Among Marginalized Groups

March 17, 2021
4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. ET

Hosted by the Minority Faculty SIG

Mistrust of the US Healthcare System has been a significant staple among under-represented and historically marginalized groups for many years. This mistrust stems from various historical events and is reinforced by health system issues and discriminatory events that continue today. The goal of this program is to discuss the factors that continue to feed mistrust among minority groups and ways to alleviate those barriers.


  1. To review the history of mistrust among various under-represented and marginalized groups in the US.
  2. To explore the impact of mistrust on utilization of current health care delivery programs and interventions.
  3. To identify strategies to mitigate mistrust when delivering future health care programs interventions (e.g., COVID vaccination, telehealth).


Melissa Reilly, PharmD, BCGP
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy


Richard Church, PharmD
Assistant Surgeon General (Retired)
Past USPHS Chief Pharmacist
Captain Carmen "Skip" Clelland, PharmD, MPA, MPH
USPHS, HRSA Senior Advisor for Tribal Health Affairs    

Jennifer Ko, Pharm.D., MPH, BCACP
Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice
Marshall B. Ketchum University College of Pharmacy

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