Racial Bias in healthcare has negatively impacted communities of color since the beginning of U.S. history. Black communities and medical professionals are pushing for reform and cultural change in the healthcare system as we face this world-wide COVID19 pandemic.
Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility are getting involved in advocating for a more progressive state tax structure. The organization is kicking off a campaign this week on the responsible and just recovery from COVID 19. (more…)
Facing breast cancer is scary enough, but learning you have cancer while incarcerated comes with its own set of problems. Pamela Lorenz, an inmate in the Washington Correctional Center for women, found the lack of support groups and privacy as the most challenging parts of facing breast cancer in prison. She shares her story with KBCS’s Yuko Kodama.
Photo by WCCW and Yuko Kodama
Producers Yuko Kodama and Ruth Bly
Have you ever wondered how some of our neighbours in outlying islands make it to medical centers quickly when needed? Today on Unmute the Commute, here’s one solution. Produced by Jennie Cecil-Moore.
12,000 people in Washington state live with the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis or MS. MS is a chronic, unpredictable neurological disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. It’s an elusive disease with no known cause or cure. This series highlights living with, treating, and caring for those with MS.
Episode 2 – Dr. Pavle Repovic talks about some of the medical treatments and services available to MS patients.
Episode 3 – Seattle resident, Susan (whose identity is being protected) starts off the next segment with how she became diagnosed with MS.
Episode 4 – Tim, a 34 year old from Seattle, whose identity is being protected, shares his journey of being a caregiver for his father who lived with MS.
Episode 5 – Tim, a Seattle 34 year old father of two (whose identity is being protected) has been living with MS for five years. Tim shares how he’s decided to navigate treatment of his diagnosis
This series originally aired in April of 2015
Photo: painting by MS patient, Vera Wundes. Courtesy of Pavle Repovic
Music: Kevin MacLeod – AcidJazz
Producers: Ruth Bly and Yuko Kodama
According to the 2013 national census, people over 65 made up 14% of our population. And it’s no secret that this population is growing rapidly. This week, KBCS explores ageing.
Episodes 1 & 2 – Seattle centenarian, and retired law educator, Isidore Starr shares how he navigates aging.
Episode 3 – Adult Care Resources Manager and Companionship Caregiver, Judy Kimmerer lays out some ways to look at senior care
Episode 4 – Boeing retiree and caregiver to her mother, Candace Denegal shares her experience and some resources that helped her.
Episode 5 – Judy Kimmerer and Candace Denegal talk about the gift of caring for elderly loved ones.
Music – Kevin MacLeod “Off to Osaka”
Producers – Ruth Bly and Yuko Kodama
Caitlyn Jenner hit the cover of Vanity Fair with flair, inspiring public discussion on her journey in gender transition. KBCS highlights some of our local transgender community’s day to day challenges in healthcare, public safety, and navigating our streets in this five-part series.
Episode 1 -Marlo Mack is a mother of a transgender daughter and blogger. Lisa Love is a Seattle Public School District Health Educator.
Episode 2 – Ro Yoon is a Fred Hutchinson community educator for the HIV vaccine trials unit.
Episode 4 – Lizzi Duff is a local transgender woman. Also in the segment was Gender Justice League Executive Director, Danielle Askini.
Episode 5 – Jessica Udischas is a local cartoonist of the Manic Pixie Nightmare Girls series.
Image: Manic Pixie Nightmare Girls Image by Jessica Udischas
Music: Rushus – ‘Magic Of Fog’
Producers: Ruth Bly and Yuko Kodama