Long Term Significance
While the Provident Hospital did not single handedly overturn the racism in the medical community, it did challenge the medical community's stance on race, and overall it made a dent in improving the rights of African Americans. After more than 100 years, the Provident Hospital is still operational today. "While no longer considered a black-run hospital, Provident continues to serve the health needs of the community, including a variety of health outreach efforts".
The Provident Hospital and other black hospitals alike were a temporary solution to the discrimination in the medical community, and currently there is no need for black hospitals because African Americans can practice medicine at any hospital in the country.
However, even today, the number of white physicians still far outnumbers the number of black physicians, and the average income for black Americans is far less than the average income of white Americans. Having more black doctors could increase the overall income for African Americans in America.
Navigation instructions: Press play to show the distribution of the income of households in the Midwest over time. Each
bar represents an individual ethnicity.
To achieve full equality, the pool of physicians in America must become more diverse.