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Black churches step up to help hard-hit community

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Flanked by fellow doctors, Dr. Ala Stanford, founder of the Black Doctors COVID19 Consortium, speaks to a television camera in the parking lot of the West Philadelphia Seventh-day Adventist Church. (Christopher Norris for WHYY)

Flanked by fellow doctors, Dr. Ala Stanford, founder of the Black Doctors COVID19 Consortium, speaks to a television camera in the parking lot of the West Philadelphia Seventh-day Adventist Church. (Christopher Norris for WHYY)

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Black Philadelphians are dying from COVID-19 at a disproportionately high rate. Part of the problem: There’s not enough testing being offered in lower income neighborhoods in the city, where more people of color live. Now, Black churches are partnering with Black doctors to fill the gaps — a concept that has deep historical roots in other disease outbreaks in the city and in the civil rights movement.

Guest: Chris Norris, WHYY’s Community Contributors and Engagement Editor

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