Separate: Black Health in America

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(Illustration by Ella Trujillo)

(Illustration by Ella Trujillo)

Segregation in housing and education has had reverberations on health care and health outcomes for African Americans. In this episode, we explore the legacy of that separation. We meet some of the people who helped integrate hospitals as the Civil Rights fight was heating up, and hear from a millennial mom, who says yes, even in 2018, looking for a black doctor to care for her girls is “a thing.” Throughout the episode, we also visit separate, largely black spaces that nourish African American health and well-being.

Also heard on this episode:

  • Pierre Johnson talks about his path to becoming a physician – he’s co-authored a book about his experiences called “The Pulse of Perseverance
  • New York Times Magazine writer Nikole Hannah Jones explores segregation in schools and the long-lasting effects on health and career choices
  • Rickey Powell and Jeff Drew describe their experiences of growing up in “Dynamite Hill” a neighborhood in Birmingham, Alabama that was targeted by the Klan.

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