EP03: Black Women in the Health Justice Movement

This week’s episode features Dr. Jasmine Ward, founder of Black Ladies in Public Health (BLiPH), a health educator with specific interest in understanding and addressing health disparities
Plus, we discuss our Surgeon General’s public reversal of wearing masks. Initially, he posted on social media telling the public to not buy masks and now he has had to change his tune.

We also shared a previous discussion regarding the rebranding of Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben and if changing the brand will erase history.

Here are some key takeaways:

  • Dr. Ward and her connection with the populations and causes that she cares most about. She has created a safe space to force the positive narratives of Black women working in the field of public health
    Health education with specific interest in understanding and addressing health disparities
  • Black people are still dying twice as much from Covid-19; racial inequality and economical differences play a role Black women deserve to support each other and be recognized for the roles they play in the healthcare system
  • BLiPH fighting for solutions in the health justice movement by prioritizing the health and lives of black women and their families
  • Public Health is a field that has justice at its center. We must address the social determinants of health and equity
  • Increase of positive views of Black women in society while they remain true to their love of public health.
  • BLiPH empowers, values and engages Black women working in the field of public health while tackling public health issues that impact Black women
  • Dr. Ward determined there was a need for Black Ladies in Public Health (BLiPH) and a required value of networking within the group
  • Dr. Ward’s has a commitment to building a community that understands public health, she stands for equality, and she is dedicated to advancing social justice
  • Black women can still be proactive in the medical field, even when they are not taken seriously