Healthcare in America has been unevenly distributed since its founding. In the wake of the pandemic, these disparities have been caste in sharp relief as the country struggles to address the system’s failures. Equal Hope is a healthcare education, advocacy and navigation organization whose mission is to eliminate health disparities across Chicago.

Episode 3 | Season 2 | Disrupting Privilege

Dr. Melissa Merrick, CEO of Prevent Child Abuse America

Dr. Pat Robinson & John McIlwain interview Dr. Melissa Merrick, the CEO of Prevent Child Abuse America. Dr. Merrick explains how our childhood stays with us well into our adult lives. Experiences we have as children can

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Episode 2 | Season 2 | Disrupting Privilege

Dr. Brandi Jackson, Co-Founder of the Institute for Racial & Cultural Healing

John McIlwain & Dr. Summer Dewdney discuss healing with Dr. Brandi Jackson, Co-Founder of the Institute for Racial & Cultural Healing. Dr. Jackson speaks passionately about the need for “self-care” in caring for others.

Episode 1 | Season 2 | Disrupting Privilege

IL Health & Hospital Association

On this first episode of Season 2 for Disrupting Privilege: Conversations on Race & Health, John McIlwain and Dr. Robin Jones talk to Lisa Harries & Adam Kohlrus from the Illinois Health & Hospital Association about their new focus on

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Episode 20 | Season 1 | Disrupting Privilege

Ken Kaufman from Kaufman Hall

Ken Kaufman, one of the founders and current Chairman of Kaufman Hall Healthcare Consultancy firm discuss the public health system across the country. Have you ever wondered if the healthcare system can learn anything from the

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Episode 19 | Season 1 | Disrupting Privilege

Mayor Lori Lightfoot

John McIlwain and Mary Richardson Lowry discuss Chicago’s response to the pandemic and its impact on Chicago’s public health infrastructure with Chicago’s Mayor Lori Lightfoot. In the wake of the most significant health crisis in recent

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Episode 18 | Season 1 | Disrupting Privilege

Dr. Pamela Khosla, Sinai Chicago

John McIlwain & Mary Richardson Lowry interview Dr. Pamela Khosla, who is the Chair of Sinai Chicago’s Cancer Committee and the Chief Hematologist at Chicago’s largest safety net hospital. Dr. Khosla reveals how important it is to

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Episode 17 | Season 1 | Disrupting Privilege

Gayla Brockman, President & CEO of Michael Reese Health Trust

John McIlwain and Dr. Patricia Robinson talk to Gayla Brockman, the President & CEO of the Michael Reese Health Trust. Gayla has overseen some transformational changes to the private conversion trust to make the Foundation a Public

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Episode 16 | Season 1 | Disrupting Privilege

Ed Stellon from Heartland Alliance Health

Dr. Summer Dewdney and John McIlwain interview Ed Stellon, Executive Director of Heartland Alliance Health. Ed brings a particularly unique perspective to Chicago’s Health Equity debate. As a healthcare service provider primarily serving the health needs

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Episode 15 | Season 1 | Disrupting Privilege

Dr. Nita Lee and Dr. Summer Dewdney on Cervical Cancer in Chicago

Dr. Summer Dewdney, an Obstetrics & Gynecological doctor from Rush University Medical Center and John McIlwain from Equal Hope interview Dr. Nita Lee from UChicago Medicine about efforts in Chicago to reduce cervical cancer diagnoses and deaths...

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Episode 14 | Season 1 | Disrupting Privilege

Shelley Davis, the Coleman Foundation

John McIlwain and Mary Richardson Lowry talk to Shelley Davis, the new President & CEO of the Coleman Foundation about healthcare in Chicago.  Shelley shares several personal stories where loved ones died unnecessarily at an early age

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Episode 13 | Season 1 | Disrupting Privilege

An interview with AMITA Health’s CEO Keith Parrott & Chief Advocacy Officer Cristal Gary

Dr. David Ansell & John McIlwain talk to the AMITA Health’s CEO Keith Parrott and Chief Advocacy Officer Cristal Gary about AMITA Health’s recent announcement that the merger between Ascension Healthcare and Adventist Midwest Health is separating

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Episode 12 | Season 1 | Disrupting Privilege

Episode #12, Dr. Jackie Rouse, Advocate Aurora Health

As a healthcare provider that spans across Illinois and Wisconsin, serving over 3 million patients per year and 75,000 employees, Advocate Aurora Health has a unique and broad perspective on the Social Determinants of Health  and on health

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