Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Dermatology Care: Real-World Strategies to Address Inequities in Treatment and Outcomes


Monica E. Peek, MD, MPH, MSc
Ellen H. Block Professor of Health Justice in the Department of Medicine
Associate Director, Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research
Director of Research, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics
The University of Chicago
Chicago, IL
Monica E. Peek, MD, MPH, MSc

Monica Peek, MD, MPH, MSc is an Ellen H. Block Professor of Health Justice in the Department of Medicine. She is also the Associate Director, Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research, and Director of Research, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. She is a practicing internist, medical educator, and clinician investigator. Her research pursues health equity and social justice, with a focus on promoting equitable doctor/patient relationships among racial minorities, integrating the medical and social needs of patients, and addressing health care discrimination and structural racism impacting health outcomes (e.g., diabetes, COVID-19). Dr. Peek has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed publications and abstracts on health care disparities, diversity, and bias; has been the principal investigator of multiple grants to address health disparities; and has been invited to speak at numerous local and national medical meetings.

Candrice R. Heath, MD
Assistant Professor of Dermatology
Director of Pediatric Dermatology
Lewis Katz School of Medicine (LKSOM), Temple University
Philadelphia, PA

Statement of Need

Despite advances in the treatment and management of dermatologic conditions such as psoriasis, significant disparities in both treatment and outcomes persist for patients from racial/ethnic underserved groups. Patients of color are not only more likely to present with more severe disease, but they are also more likely to receive either no treatment, or only topical treatments, despite wide availability of effective biologic medications. In fact, Black patients with moderate to severe psoriasis are 70% less likely to receive biologic treatment than their White counterparts. It is imperative that each member of the multidisciplinary care team works together to address these disparities in order to improve equity in treatment and outcomes for all patients.

In this CMEO BriefCase, expert faculty will utilize case-based learning to illustrate these pervasive disparities through the stories of two patients, Miguel and LaToya, while offering strategies to integrate therapies that optimize long-term outcomes and address racial/ethnic inequities in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with psoriasis.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, learners will be able to better:

  • Implement strategies to improve differential diagnosis and acute treatment of patients with psoriasis
  • Integrate therapies to optimize long-term outcomes in patients with psoriasis

Financial Support

Supported by an educational grant provided by Johnson & Johnson.

Target Audience

Physicians specializing in dermatology or primary care, physician associates (PAs), nurse practitioners (NPs), nurses, and pharmacists

Credit Information

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Interprofessional (IPCE) 0.75

This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 0.75 Interprofessional Continuing Education Credit for learning and change.

Physicians (ACCME) 0.75

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Nurses (ANCC) 0.75

This activity is designated for 0.75 contact hours.

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Pharmacists (ACPE) 0.75

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PAs (AAPA) 0.75

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MIPS Improvement Activity

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Royal College MOC

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Disclosure Declaration

Dr. Peek reports no financial relationships to disclose.

Dr. Heath reports the following financial relationships:

Advisory Board: Arcutis Biotherapeutics, Inc.; Dermavant Sciences, Inc.; Eli Lilly and Company; Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products Company; Pfizer Inc.; Regeneron; Sanofi; Sanofi/ Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Consultant: Arcutis Biotherapeutics, Inc.; Avita Medical; L’Oreal USA Inc.

Grants/Research Funding: (paid to institution) Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Other financial or material support: WebMD

The following individuals have no financial relationships to disclose: 

Marlon (Tony) Graham, MD (Peer Reviewer)
Albert Eubanks, Jr., RN (Peer Reviewer)
Morgan Stockberger, MD (Planning Committee)
Jessica Whelan, DNP, APRN, FPMHNP-BC, RN-BC (Planning Committee)
Susan H. Yarbrough, CHCP (Planning Committee)
Sandra Caballero, PharmD (Planning Committee)
Sharon Tordoff (Planning Committee)

Obtaining Credit

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Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Dermatology Care: Real-World Strategies to Address Inequities in Treatment and Outcomes
Event Date: 01/25/2024 at 5:00 am EST