Dr. Shabazz is one of those people. She promises change in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood with the Salaam Community Wellness Center, which will offer holistic and alternative medicine when it opens in May.
“We wanted to make sure that not only were we addressing disparities that have long existed in communities, but that we came up with a different model,” Dr. Shabazz said.
Dr Carl Lambert said there had been conversations in the medical community over the past year about health care inequality, but not enough action.
“How do we integrate into the community to create systems, processes and stakeholders that will help our patients get the access they need,” asked Dr. Lambert, assistant professor at Rush University Medical College.
Dr. Lambert said the social determinants of health, such as economic stability, neighborhood environment and education, must be addressed to create lasting change.
“Sometimes it’s the blame of, well, this population — they’ve done it to themselves,” Dr Lambert said. “It’s not historic. There’s been a withdrawal of resources from those populations and that’s what you get.”
The Chicago Community Trust is working to close this racial wealth gap.
“You shouldn’t have such different life outcomes in one city, and so there’s a lot of work to be done,” said Dr. Helene Gayle, president and CEO of the Chicago Community Trust.
After the past year, a group of black runners are more determined to change their community one step at a time by pushing each other to live healthier lives.
Milton Garrett has lost around 75 pounds since the pandemic began.
“I knew I didn’t want to be on blood pressure medication my whole life. I knew I wanted to have a better quality of life,” Garrett said. “I tell people, this if I could do it, anyone can.”
With everyone working together now, Dr. Gayle thinks the town will be in better shape in the future.
“If we have the right kind of will and resolve, and think intelligently about ways to make an impact,” Dr Gayle said. “I think we can start to see that kind of disparity disappearing and eventually narrowing.”
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