Podcasts

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 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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Episode 11 | Season 1 | Disrupting Privilege

Maria Pesqueira, Executive Director of the Healthy Communities Foundation

John McIlwain and Dr. Summer Dewdney talk to Maria Pesqueira, the Executive Director of the Healthy Communities Foundation about their focus on health disparities.  After re-evaluating their funding strategies, the McNeal Health Trust, which later became

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Episode 10 | Season 1 | Disrupting Privilege

Drs. Larry Goodman & Omar Lateef

Dr. Larry Goodman, retired CEO of Rush University Medical Center, and Dr. Omar Lateef explain how Rush re-evaluated the way it defined “community” as the healthcare institution sought to address “Community Health” needs.  Dr. Lateef suggested

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Episode 9 | Season 1 | Disrupting Privilege

Dr. Melissa Simon from Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine

Dr. Melissa Simon discusses her career and her focus on health equity from Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine with John McIlwain and Dr. Patricia Robinson.  As a Latina, Dr. Simon brings particularly unique perspective to healthcare

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Episode 8 | Season 1 | Disrupting Privilege

Fernando De Maio & Maureen Benjamins discuss their new book “Unequal Cities: Structural Racism and the Death Gap in America’s Largest Cities

John McIlwain and Mary Richardson Lowry talk to authors Fernando De Maio & Maureen Benjamins about their new book, “Unequal Cities: Structural Racism & the Death Gap in America’s Largest Cities.”  The core of their discussion centered on

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Episode 7 | Season 1 | Disrupting Privilege

A Conversation with Dr. Linda Rae Murray

John McIlwain and Dr. Robin Jones from Rush University Medical Center talk with Dr. Linda Rae Murray, Cook County Health & Hospital Association’s retired Chief Medical Officer about the role of “Trusted Messengers” in delivering equity across

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Episode 6 | Season 1 | Disrupting Privilege

Racial Health Equity and the American Medical Association

Dr. Robin L. Jones from Rush University Medical Center, and a member of the Equal Hope Board of Directors and John McIlwain, Senior Director of External Affairs at Equal Hope discuss health equity with Dr. Aletha

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Episode 5 | Season 1 | Disrupting Privilege

A Conversation with Dr. Larry Goodman

John McIlwain discusses Equal Hope’s origins and impact on Chicago’s healthcare marketplace with Dr. Larry Goodman, the retired CEO of Rush University Medical Center.  According to John’s conversation with Dr. Goodman, the best way to address

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Episode 4 | Season 1 | Disrupting Privilege

Gender & Sexual Bias in the Workplace

Michelle Obama’s former Chief of Staff, Tina Tchen and Gina Arias discuss workplace equity with John McIlwain and Equal Hope Board member Dr. Summer Dewdney.  Confronting systemic gender inequity is a multipronged effort that we are

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