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Doctor’s Retirement Spotlights Colorado’s Struggle To Diversify Its Physicians

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Dr. Terri Richardson gives Tara Davis information about COVID-19 vaccines at the Colorado Black Health Alliance’s booth at the Colorado Black Arts Festival in Denver’s City Park. July 10, 2021.

Dr. Terri Richardson was a primary care doctor with Kaiser Permanente Colorado and Denver Health. She spent her career finding innovative ways to make health care more accessible for marginalized communities. She recently retired, and her departure spotlights Colorado’s struggle to build a physician workforce as diverse as its population.

To understand the problem more deeply, we turn to Dr. Richardson along with CPR health reporter John Daley; Dr. Lily Cervantes, who is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at Denver Health; and Cerise Hunt, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the Director for the Center for Public Health Practice at the Colorado School of Public Health at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.