There is a book called The Healers and in it, the main character must choose to be a warrior king or a healer. Black youth face this same dilemma. Fight or heal? Thankfully, there are people and organizations working to connect young people in the Black community with opportunities in health and medicine. From the Ivy League to local involvement in cities across America, The Healing is taking place and youth are getting involved.
Black Health Matters- Harvard is holding its first annual Black Health Matters Conference from November 1012, 2017.The website states, “Hear from experts in their field about the realities of how centuries of racism have impacted the health of Black individuals–and what must be done to stop it.”
BLKHLTH- This organization’s mission states, “BLKHLTH aims to create a space where health information is centralized and accessible. We provide engaging content, community events and professional services with the goal of empowering the black community to improve our health and wellness.” Learn more at BLKHLTH
Haven Studios- Chicago emcee Andre Add-2 Daniels has opened a creative space on the Southside called Haven Studios. The organization recently held The Haven Music & Arts Conference at The Promontory in Hyde Park that included youth performances and panels. Music is healing and Add-2 is providing young people a safe alternative to hanging in the streets.
Trap Medicine– Trap Medicine was created by Jahmil Lacey in the Bay Area and has migrated to Los Angeles, where he attends Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. His approach brings health screenings to barber shops around Oakland and South Central Los Angeles as well as organizing community events and film screenings. Learn more on the Trap Medicine Facebook page.
Pulse of Perseverance 3- Three doctors that have been friends since med school now encourage black boys to overcome stereotypes and pursue careers in medicine. Known as the Pulse of Perseverance 3, Pierre, Max, and Joe serve as public speakers and mentors that outline their mission as, “To empower and inspire young black men to work towards their goals by giving them a blueprint and resources for success, and in doing so, redefine the portrayal of the black male.” Learn more on their website.