Reflections, Case Study, and Questions

Stories, Context, and the Lived Experience of Black Entrepreneurs, Module IV: Live Chair Health

William Romani
July 19, 2023
Ethics & Social Justice
1 page
public health policy, racism, health inequities, Equity, racial disparities
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Racial disparities in chronic diseases like hypertension and diabetes are exacerbated by an uneven distribution of social resources and a lack of trust that stems from the historical exploitation of Blacks by the White medical and political establishment.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, up to 60% of a person’s quality-of-life and health risks are based on the social determinants of health in their zip code. One of the most important social determinants for Black men is health literacy and the access to quality health care.  Andrew Suggs founded Live Chair Health on the idea that trusted barber shop conversations can be used to support the long-term health of Black men who are less likely to seek out primary medical screenings and care on their own.  

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Learning Outcomes: 

After completing this module students should be able to…

  1. Identify the anti-Black private, legal, and public health structures that created and sanctioned racial segregation and exploitation in predominantly Black U.S. towns and cities  (Origin and Cause)

  2. Understand how the cumulative impact of long-term anti-Black structures and institutions led to widespread historical trauma and mistrust in the public health system by Black residents and businesses in cities like Baltimore (Impact)

  3. Compare and contrast the impact of historically racist public health policies and institutions on incidence of chronic disease, health outcomes and wealth creation for White and Black communities (Disparities)

  4. Collect and contrast examples of marketing and communication methods, products, or services that serve to either address or promote racial disparities in health related behaviors, stereotypes, or outcomes. 

  5. Use economic and non-economic metrics and indexes to evaluate the efficacy and outcomes of previous and current public health strategies for creating racial equitable health outcomes in cities like Baltimore (Previous solutions)

  6. Identify the unmet needs and opportunities that still exist to improve access to healthcare and improved health outcomes in redlined neighborhoods (Potential opportunities)

  7. Describe the benefits of using a human centered, community owned process to create social, communal, and economic wealth for companies and existing residents in redlined communities.  (Framework for solutions)

  8. Determine the most impactful types of economic and personal investment for Black founders and entrepreneurs who are creating inclusive models of public health and civic wealth creation. (New Inclusive solutions

  9. Reflect on your own personal bias' and the growth required to be an informed, empathetic ally to Black entrepreneurs who are creating social and civic wealth for residents in historically redlined communities.