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.…

The Divide: Confronting Racism in American Health Care

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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, Co-Director, Cornell Center for Health Equity; Bethany Johnson-Jarvois, CEO of 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.

0:00 St. Louis’ Delmar Divide
0:36 The history of health care in St. Louis
2:38 Intro to the Pipeline to Compassionate Care
4:21 One medical students’ journey
5:56 Utilizing trauma-informed care and new practices
7:22 What does the future look like?

Learn more about the Commonwealth Fund’s work to advance health equity here: https://bit.ly/33XvcuT

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