Black History Month – Advancing Health & Wellness

03 Mar, 2010

This episode, which aired on February 28, 2010, is now available on iTunes!

In this episode, Radio Rounds recognizes Black History Month with an all-star lineup of guests who discuss the impact of minority physicians, particularly African American physicians — as well as the intricacies of the health care process as it relates to predominantly urban environments. Among many other topics, we discuss the impact of violence on young African American males, the NAACP’s involvement on Capitol Hill, and the role of student minority advocates in the Student National Medical Association (SNMA).

Guests in this episode include:

  • Dr. John Rich, author of Wrong Place, Wrong Time: Trauma and Violence in the Lives of Young Black Men. Dr. Rich is a leader in the field of public health, and his work has focused on serving one of the nation’s most ignored and underserved populations — African-American men in urban settings. He currently serves as Chair of Health Management and Policy at the Drexel University School of Public Health, in Philadelphia.
  • Shavon Arline, Health Care Program Director for the NAACP.
  • Travelle Franklin-Ford, National President of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) and MD/PhD student at the University of Wisconsin. Established in 1964, SNMA is the oldest and largest medical student organization dedicated to serving the needs of underrepresented minority students who wish to pursue careers in the field of medicine.
  • Dr. Kevin Watt, Opthalmologist; Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

In all, 13 voices appear on this special Radio Rounds episode — setting an all-time record at the time of the broadcast! Among them are SNMA members at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine — Alyson Grant, Randy Wallace, Khalil Sharif, and Lorena Rodriguez.

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