Understanding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Healthcare
Known as the ‘Medical Mythbuster’, Ghanaian-American medical student and science communicator Joel Bervell unpacks the disparities in healthcare, shares the hidden history of medicine, and examines overlooked biases in the healthcare industry. While his social media presence has directly impacted the lives of millions of followers, Bervell has spoken to major organizations and industry leaders to share his profound insights.
Using Digital Media to Reach Underrepresented Groups
Ghanaian-American medical student and science communicator Joel Bervell has partnered with major brands to contribute his expertise, helping organizations recognize how digital media can be used to bridge communication between underrepresented groups and brands. His collaborations include Neutrogena, Google, Samsung, Listerine, Gushers, and the American Medical Association, and in this talk he shares action-oriented insights that resonate across industries.
DEI: Increasing Understanding by Listening to Overlooked Stories
For medical student and science communicator Joel Bervell, a key aspect of his impact and advocacy happens through storytelling. By creating and uplifting overlooked stories, Bervell works to increase understanding and fundamentally change the healthcare system, while enhancing how all organizations can learn and communicate through shared perspectives.
Joel Bervell is a Ghanaian-American medical student and science communicator. On social media, he is better known as the ‘Medical Mythbuster’ for creating viral medical content that is at the forefront of conversations about racial disparities in health care, the hidden history of medicine, and overlooked biases in the healthcare industry. After entering medical school, Bervell became a highly respected TikTok and Instagram creator, with over 760K combined followers and 120M+ views. His videos breakdown complex topics about how healthcare still fails to serve marginalized groups. A gifted educator and engaging speaker, Bervell has been sought after to share his unique and inspiring perspective with groups like Meta, Google, TikTok, the Clinton Foundation, General Electric, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and on behalf of the Congressional Black Congress, among others.
Bervell has been featured on Good Morning America, Business Insider, NPR, YahooNews, WebMD, and more, and has advised organizations like TikTok on efforts to increase Diversity & Inclusion. Beyond his social media channels, the Medical Mythbuster contributes his expertise to various organizations to help recognize how digital media can be used to bridge communication between underrepresented groups and brands. He serves on councils including the White House Office of Public Engagement’s Health Care Leaders in Social Media, the Council for Responsible Social Media, and the World Health Organization’s ‘Operation Fides.’ He has collaborated with brands including Neutrogena, Google, Samsung, Listerine, Gushers, and the American Medical Association
Bervell’s work has earned him the honor of being named a Smithsonian Channel ‘Cyclebreaker,’ Scientific American ‘Revolutionary,’ 2022 National Minority Quality Forum “40 under 40 Leader in Minority Health”, and the 2022 recipient of the American Medical Student Association's Racial Justice in Medicine Award.
For leaders and organizations looking to understand diversity, equity and inclusion in healthcare, increase understanding of overlooked stories, or examine the changing landscape of social media, Bervell offers an unparalleled perspective that will resonate with audiences.