Listening to hard truths for better children’s health

St. Louis Children’s Hospital recently conducted community outreach sessions about health needs of area children and how to address those needs. Over a year ago during previous unrelated listening sessions, hospital’s community and faith advisory board members were hearing stories about what has happened to black people and health care in St. Louis.

“Some of our leaders … were unaware of some of the atrocities and things that have happened to the black community,” Kel Ward, manager of community relations at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, said. “Once different advisory board members started talking –

everybody started sharing stories about their grandmother, their granddaddy – and they started sharing stories about BJC, when it was [separate hospitals] Jewish... and it was Barnes, and how black people were treated.”

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