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Health equity and economic justice, VCU Health podcasts to listen to this MLK Jr. Day

In an effort to share more resources on diversity, equity and inclusion, we take a look back at several episodes of Healthy with VCU Health.

Illustration of teenagers walking with phone and headphones. Healthy with VCU Health is a podcast that showcases VCU Health experts, who share practical tips and share insights into the latest innovations to help you be healthier. (Getty Images)

By Sara McCloskey

Economic justice is the theme for events that will be held during this year’s annual Virginia Commonwealth University celebration of life and the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

When it comes to equity in health care, VCU Health team members recognize how social and economic factors in a person’s life can cause significant barriers when accessing providers. Some of those factors have also historically exploited or marginalized Black, Latino and other minority groups in the commonwealth. Taking note of these problems, there are a wide variety of initiatives VCU Health is pursuing to bridge health care gaps for underserved communities.

You can learn more about equity, diversity and inclusion in health care by listening to one of these Healthy with VCU Health podcasts, were VCU Health experts share practical tips and the latest technology, innovation and research to help you be healthier.

Inclusivity: Why Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are Important in Health Care (March 21, 2022)

Nationwide, organizations are trying to improve efforts to build more diversity, equity and inclusion in the health care system. Joanne Harris Duff, program manager for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at VCU Health, discusses how VCU Health is amplifying the voices of patients and team members through DEI efforts.

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Discussing Race, Ethnicity and Organ Transplants (April 25, 2021)

Through the personal story of why a North Carolina woman donated her kidney to her husband in August 2020, we learn about the doubts some minority communities face with health care providers. Also, Marcelle Davis, DSL, the Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at VCU Health, shares what kind of policies and projects can help integrate more inclusionary practices into the workplace.

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How Access to Legal Services Can Help You and Your Family Stay Healthy (Nov. 17, 2020)

Legal challenges can have serious impacts on an individual’s health and wellbeing. To help, VCU Health created a medical legal partnership with a dedicated team that offers free legal advice and representation to patients and families in the Richmond area. Allison Held, associate general counsel for the Medical Legal Partnership, leads the program and shares how this partnership was started.

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How VCU Health is Working to Combat the Social Determinants of Health (Nov. 12, 2019)

Picking the right location for health care services is important when engaging vulnerable members of the community who face barriers to accessing care. Sheryl Garland, the Chief of Health Impact for the VCU Health System, explains VCU Health’s approach to bring preventive and supportive care services to low-income communities in the Richmond area.

Click here for the full transcript. 

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