The young Black woman doctor came to Denver eager to practice medicine in 1902, but authorities refused to recognize Dr. Justina Ford or give her privileges at the city’s hospital.
When Dr. Jacqueline Ward-Gaines thinks about Ford, she is absolutely awestruck.
Ward-Gaines is the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Educational Lead at the University of Colorado Department of Emergency Medicine. She says the health disparities between Black and White Americans are rooted in centuries of racism.
With all the proposed COVID therapies being talked about, monoclonal antibody treatment has received little attention, compared to its strong effectiveness in preventing serious disease and hospitalization. Dr. Adit Ginde is leading a team to improve uptake of this important therapy. His work is starting to catch on in statewide media.
Vitamin D is being studied as an essential factor in many diseases, including respiratory infections and COVID-19. The evidence is complex, and conclusions are difficult to draw. Dr. Ginde helps sort out the confusion in this NPR story.