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Faith and Feminism: How African American Women From a Storefront Church Resist Oppression in Healthcare

Abrums, Mary PhD

Original Article

It is well documented that racism in the US healthcare system, including the objectification and disparagement of women of color, contributes to disparities in health status. However, it is a mistaken notion to characterize women of color as unknowing victims. In this study, black feminist standpoint epistemology is used in methodological approach and analysis to understand how a small group of African American church-going women use religious beliefs to help them cope with and resist the racism and discriminatory objectification they encounter in healthcare encounters.

Nursing Program, University of Washington, Bothell, Wash.

Corresponding author: Mary Abrums, PhD, Nursing Program, University of Washington, Box 358532, 18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011 (e-mail:

The author acknowledges the women from Morning Sun Missionary Baptist Church (pseudonym), who contributed their life stories so that health professionals could see things from their point of view.

© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.