ICYMI: KCEN hosted a Community Conference: Building Collective Black Power in Healthcare featuring Black community advocates and thought-leaders Dr. Ben Danielson, Sybill Hippolyte, Danisha Jefferson-Abye, Jackie Vaughn, Ayan Musse, and more.
Community leaders elevated the need and current movement to build Black collective power in the health field particularly in Seattle: a City that boasts some of the most sophisticated, renowned hospitals and medical facilities in the world. The disparities in medical treatment received by the Black communities are appalling with COVID-19 serving as just the most recent flashlight into this dark and disturbing reality. At the conference, leaders rolled-out a suite of initial health equity solutions to combat this reality. Read on to tap-in, take action and support this work below.
Children’s Hospital fails Black people
We collectively call on Children’s Hospital’s donors to redirect funding to solutions that actually work to serve Black peoples. We call on Children’s Hospital to: cede ownership of Odessa Brown, put 10 years of operating funds to Black community to base-build the site; immediately inject funding into Black-led health organizations before the 2021 year-end; immediately fire CEO Jeffrey Sperring; and remove Board Chair Susan Betcher. Take action.
Black Community-Owned Health Institutions
There is a crisis in Black health in Martin Luther King Jr. County. Along with jarring statistics highlighted above, we underscore again that there are zero Black community-owned, federally qualified health clinics in the entire Pacific Northwest (OR, WA, ID, MT, WY). It’s no wonder that Black people in King County contracted COVID-19 at 3x the rates of whites yet received less than 2% of the federal COVID-19 recovery funding. We have to change this. We can change this. Tap in and take action to base-build the only Black community owned health clinics in the PNW.