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The Divide: Confronting Racism in American Health Care

Still from the film "The Divide: Confronting Racism in American Health Care"

Delmar Avenue, which spans St. Louis, Missouri, from east to west, features million-dollar homes directly to the south and deep poverty to its north. The so-called Delmar Divide represents the racial and socioeconomic segregation that exists in many American cities.

That same racially driven divide also exists in the city’s health care. This film investigates the legacy of racism in health care in St. Louis and how one program is attempting to end it. Pipeline to Compassionate Care teaches St. Louis medical students about the ways systemic racism has been built into the health care system, how those injustices have affected people’s lives and health, and how they can be more compassionate and effective care providers.

Through interviews with Jamila Michener, associate professor and codirector, Cornell Center for Health Equity; Bethany Johnson-Jarvois, CEO, St. Louis Integrated Health Network; and Kaytlin Reedy-Rogier, program coordinator, Pipeline to Compassionate Care, viewers will learn how the program works to dismantle the effects of systemic racism in health care, one doctor at a time.

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Naomi Leibowitz, Assistant Vice President, Digital Strategy and Initiatives, The Commonwealth Fund

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“The Divide: Confronting Racism in American Health Care,” Feb. 1, 2022, produced by Naomi Leibowitz and Matthew Slutsky/Blue Chalk Media, video, Commonwealth Fund, 9:37.