The police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson and the sight of his limp body sprawled for hours in the street have provoked an intense debate that reveals our nation’s deep divisions when it comes to questions of race and justice.
St. Louis Public Radio, in partnership with faculty at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, has received a grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health to raise awareness of and stimulate discussion around health, education and economic inequities in our region.
At the end of May, the "For the Sake of All" research team published its final report on the health and well-being of African Americans in the St. Louis region, a multi-disciplinary study led by Jason Purnell, an assistant professor with the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis.
After 14 months of preparation, the "For the Sake of All" authors released their final report Friday at the Missouri History Museum. Hundreds of St. Louis community members attended the presentation. Researchers from Washington University in St. Louis and St. Louis University showed how poverty, race, and education can impact health and life expectancy for African Americans in the region.
Dr. Frank Richards, who built a reputation as one of the most proficient surgeons ever to don a mask because of his ability to operate with one hand while holding instruments in the other, died Thursday.
“No one could do that but Frank,” said Will Ross, M.D., associate dean for diversity and associate professor of medicine at Washington University School of Medicine. “When he was assistant director of Homer G. Phillips Hospital, he really had to move patients in and out; it was a high-volume operation.”
Scholars involved in a five-part study that examines the well-being of African Americans in the St. Louis region will seek public feedback on their research during a forum on March 3 at the Forest Park Visitor Center. The session, from 2 to 5 p.m., is free, but participants must sign up through the event registration page.