Blog Fam –
You were the first platform that welcomed my critical analysis on the intersections of racism, health, and justice. You helped me hone my voice and you watched me grow. I’m so grateful for this little blog in my tiny corner of the internet and all it has taught me. And I wanted to let you know I’m still here. But lately, I’ve been fortunate to be invited to share my voice on bigger platforms and sometimes even in front of a live audience(!) So I just wanted to pop up and say, thank you for rocking with me and in case you’re still following (thanks Ma and Pops for always following!) here’s a rundown of some of the things I’ve been up to.
1. In June 2018, I wrote a commentary for The Lancet on a landmark study exploring the mental health impact of police violence. If you haven’t read this study, read it! It provides rare causal evidence that police killing unarmed Black Americans caused poor self-reported mental health in Black Americans who live in the same state. This effect did not require Black Americans to witness the event, live in the same neighborhood, or be a close relative to victim(s). Black people merely had to live in the same state as victims to experience the mental health impairment. The researchers estimated the magnitude of the mental health impairment was so high, it was comparable to the mental health burden of having diabetes. Meaning, Black Americans are so affected by policing killing unarmed Black Americans in their state, they have almost as many poor mental health days as individuals who actually have diabetes! I wrote a twitter thread that summarizes the paper’s major takeaways, in case you are short on time. Anyways, here’s a link to my commentary entitled, Police Violence and Built Harm of Structural Racism (and it is still free to view!)
2. In June 2019, I wrote an essay for The Lancet entitled, The Case for Desegregation, (which is free to view!) that essentially offered that the US health care system doesn’t have a problem with diversity, it has a problem with segregation. I also wrote a twitter thread on the topic for those who like short summaries.
3. In July 2019, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released it’s first policy statement on racism’s impact on child and adolescent health! To mark the historic occasion, I was honored to be among those asked to write a blog on the topic. I chose to write on what it means that a policy statement like this was published in 2019 and where pediatricians and child health advocates have to sprint next (spoiler: to address the child health impacts of police violence). Here’s a link to my piece on the AAP’s Voices Blog The Weight of the Little. And my twitter thread on it.
4. Last month (October 2019), I was invited to be the keynote speaker for the Data-Across Sectors for Health (DASH) All-In Conference. DASH is apart of the growing data infrastructure in health care that is also focused on equity and public health. So it was a real honor and dream to be invited. But it was also a real challenge. It’s one thing to talk about racism and health in my tiny corner of the internet. But it’s quite another to get up in front of a room of people, look them in the eye, and say let’s talk about white supremacy and how it hurts people (which is one of the many points I made in the talk). So here’s a link to the video of the presentation and slides. And no, it doesn’t have a twitter thread 🙂
Okay, those are some of my recent highlights. Thanks again for rocking with me on here and more soon!