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Episode 5: How We Arrive

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What does it mean to be well in America? Who is seen as deserving of healthcare? Racism has plagued the American medical system since its inception and continues to produce disparities in health and life expectancy to this day. In this episode, Carvell Wallace and Jeffery Robinson trace the decades-long epidemic of sharply higher mortality rates among both Black people giving birth and their babies. In conversation with OB/GYN and maternal/infant health advocate Dr. Joia Crear-Perry, as well as SéSé Doula Services founder Nicole JeanBaptiste, we’ll examine the way the healthcare system was designed to fail Black people, with a focus on Black maternal and infant health.

Additional Resources

  • Wiencek, Henry. 2012. “The Dark Side of Thomas Jefferson.” Smithsonian Magazine. September 30, 2012.

  • Zhang, Sarah. 2018. “The Surgeon Who Experimented on Slaves.” Atlantic Monthly, April 18, 2018.

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