A Louisville activist and non-profit leader helps to bridge the space between health agencies and Louisville's Black communities.
Antonio T-Made Taylor, member of the Louisville civilian review and accountability board and co-founder from the non-profit Rap Into Learning (HHN2L), has launched a brand new podcast.
'Real Talk with T-Made Taylor' is a twice-monthly show with iHeart Radio, sponsored through the Louisville Metro Department for Public Overall health.
It came to fruition after the department's Center for Health Equity began taking a look at methods to better reach some of Louisville's most vulnerable communities, that have been showing high rates of COVID-19 infection.
The center partnered using more than two dozen community partners like Taylor to assist provide resources and find out what issues communities were facing.
The Center for Health Equity released a report in August from the first rounds of community listening sessions, which demonstrated that some residents felt they did not have correct and timely information about the coronavirus, which other resources had come after they ought to have.
Taylor is hoping to combat that disconnect when you are a dependable source to real and information you need about pandemic along with other health issues.
He said Black communities historically don't place a lot of rely upon healthcare institutions, since there happen to be good reasons to be skeptical. One example is the Tuskegee Study in the 1930s, when countless Black men known to have syphilis weren't told and were not treated, in order to study penicillin's effects on the venereal disease.
But Taylor said it would go to the ground level, from the way medical health insurance is processed to general barriers of looking after, including for women that are pregnant.
\”Many Black women, they lose their resides in childbirth because our women do not get the correct care they require,\” he said. \”They’re very overlooked and very underserved when it comes to that.\”
His guests include doctors, activists, entrepreneurs and others in the community. To gauge what issues are the most significant to listeners, Taylor is keeping his ear to the ground – checking his social networking feeds to see that which was approaching the most.
\”What I found was people are really really concerned about kids getting vaccinated,\” he said. \”That's like the single most important thing in the Black community right now when it comes to this COVID-19 disease and shots.”
The first seven episodes are available let's focus on streaming, with two new ones each month.
\”This is a move from the heart that i am making to make certain that my individuals are informed and not misinformed,\” he said. \”That's the most crucial part. So it's only a different way to get the information out that's entertaining and we're speaking the word what of our community as well as our listener audience.\”
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly named The Center for Health Equity at the Department of Public Health and Wellness.