WHAT: A series of videotaped first-person stories of Black women who have experienced Covid 19. In their words these women tell how the pandemic, which has killed nearly 100,000 people in the U.S. has affected them personally.
Covid-19 and the coronavirus has had a particularly deleterious impact on the Black community. Some say it is because Black people have so many pre-existing conditions and underlying conditions. Others say it’s because of the inequities, discrimination in health care and distrust of the health profession. Maybe it’s the overall toll that institutionalized racism has had on Black people, thus resulting in poor medical outcomes. While the reasons may be debatable, the negative impact of the coronavirus on Black communities and Black women in particular, can’t be disputed.
WHY: Black Women Rally for Action believes that sharing one’s personal story is one of the most powerful advocacy and informational tools a society can employ. Moreover, it is imperative that Black women’s voices and stories be told, as they are often presented in one-dimensional and inaccurate ways. This is a way we can heal, use our power and begin to help shape new systems and policies that will improve our health and well-being. Now is the time. If not now, then when...
HOW: A special screening of these women’s stories and an interactive forum will be held beginning May 28th. The forum will include Sheila Young, M.D., Assistant Professor at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science and manager of the COVID-19 test site at the University. She will be joined by Bianca Smith, LMSW and researcher, who will be available to answer questions live.
We will also partner with medical doctors, social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, researchers and various organizations to provide guidance, offer services, free consultations and other targeted resources... #blackwomen #blackwomenrally #LosAngelosCounty #covid19 #pandemic #blacklivesmatter #blackclinicians #healing #recovery #advocacy #blackactivist #survivingcovid19 #factsoverfear #covidstories