The Deadliest Disease In America


The COVID-19 pandemic is an exclamation point calling attention to the disparities in the American healthcare system as we have witnessed communities of color experience disproportionately high rates of infection, staggering losses of life, and increased economic hardship. At this point there's no secret that there is a history of racism in American healthcare that revealed itself with the brutal medical experimentations on enslaved people and continues through today. Based upon race, U.S. healthcare is riddled with disparities and inequities in the quality of care that Black and Brown people are afforded. This is an examination of American healthcare utilizing historical footage interwoven with the testimonies of experts and medical practitioners, as well as the personal stories of patients who have been victimized by healthcare inequities, including the filmmaker's own experiences as a quadriplegic African American woman.


William Chapin, PT; Durrell J. Fox; Dr. Camara Jones, MD, MPH, PhD; Elizabeth Krause; Dr. Harlan Krumholz; Anna Novais; Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith; Dr. Bert Petersen; Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, P.H.

directed by

Crystal R. Emery

director's bio

Crystal R. Emery p.g.a is a filmmaker and virtual reality producer known for producing socially-conscious works. Her film, "Black Women in Medicine," was viewed by 12 million people worldwide.


Crystal R. Emery


Crystal R. Emery, Guru Madeleine, Ted Maynard, Stacey L. Holman


50 minutes




Feature Documentary


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