What The Health? Women of Color and Healthcare Disparities in the Millennium

Join Dr. Culbreth and guests, Dr. Meghna Bhat, Dr. Veronica Huggins and Dr. Phoneshia Wells, authors and contributors to “Our Voices Our Stories: An Anthology of Writings Advancing, Celebrating, Embracing and Empowering Girls and Women of Color” for a discussion on women of color and healthcare disparities in the millennium and changing the narrative about healthcare for women of color.

Topics include women of color and quality healthcare, preventative care, pain and medication, understanding and questioning diagnoses, asking questions, second opinions, knowledge, research, trusting doctors, on being heard loud and clear, the importance of using your voice, childbirth, mortality rates, surgical procedures, racism, colorism and disparate treatment in the healthcare industry. Additional topics include strategies to empower women of color to take control of their health and make informed decisions.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 8:00 PM EST

on Complexity Talk Radio, Inc.’s  program:  Visibility

Listen Live:  What The Health? Women of Color and Healthcare Disparities in the Millennium


Dr. Meghna Bhat

Dr. Bhat holds a Ph.D. in Criminology, Law, and Justice from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a specialization in Gender and Women Studies. She is a proud South Asian woman and first-generation immigrant from India, and her experiences growing up in India and having lived in the US for 14 years motivated her to become an outspoken advocate for gender equality. Meghna currently lives in Sacramento, CA and is an independent consultant, scholar, speaker, and volunteer.

Submission: “My Experiences with Colorism as a South Asian Immigrant Woman:  How I Learned to Celebrate and Embrace my Skin Color.”

 Dr. Veronica Huggins

Dr. Huggins is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of Southern Indiana where she has taught for three years. She holds a Masters of Social Work from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. in Social Work from Clark Atlanta University. She holds social work licensure in Georgia and Indiana and has experience working in both micro and macro level capacities.

Website: http://faculty.usi.edu/vchuggins

Submission: What the Health? Major Health Disparities Among Women of Color  (co-author)

Dr. Phoneshia Wells

Dr. Wells is an Assistant Professor and member of Health Services for the College of Nursing and Health Professions at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, Indiana and has taught for nine years. She obtained her Doctorate of Health Education (D. H. Ed.) from A. T. Still University school of Health Sciences in Kirksville, Missouri. In addition, she is a certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).

Website: http://faculty.usi.edu/pwells

Submission: What the Health? Major Health Disparities Among Women of Color  (co-author)


About Our Voices Our Stories Mini Series

The Our Voices Our Stories Mini Series consists of five episodes presented in celebration of the publication of the National Girls and Women of Color Council, Inc.’s anthology: Our Voices Our Stories: An Anthology of Writings Advancing, Celebrating, Embracing and Empowering Girls and Women of Color and in celebration of Women’s History Month.

Orders for Our Voices Our Stories: An Anthology of Writings Advancing, Celebrating, Embracing and Empowering Girls and Women of Color will be accepted beginning on March 27, 2019 via the website of the National Girls and Women of Color Council, Inc. and books will be shipped in April.

Link to Listen Live: What the Health? Women of Color and Healthcare Disparities in the Millennium

Link:  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/complexitylive/2019/03/28/what-the-health-women-of-color-and-healthcare-disparities-in-the-millennium


Recommended Reading for the Week: “Racism” by Dr. Selena T. Rodgers

The Intraracial Colorism Project, Inc.’s  recommend reading for the week is an article titled  Racism written by Dr. Selena T. Rodgers, LCSW-R,  an assistant professor of Social Work at the City University of New York, York College and a Fulbright Specialist designation from the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Brief Abstract

“The article gives a historical sketch of racism, followed by examples of its contemporary indicators—throughout social institutions—in the United States.” (Rodgers, 2015).

In light of the plethora of social ills involving racism as a constant, the article is timely, enlightening, and much-needed.  According to Dr. Rodgers (2015), “racism is pervasive, endemic, and historically rooted in systematic assumptions inherent in superiority based on race and requires the critical attention of all social workers.”

To read the article, please visit the Encyclopedia of Social Work .


Rodgers, S. T. (2015). Racism. In the Encyclopedia of Social Work. National Association of Social Workers Press and Oxford University Press.

People Get Ready!

The old saying that “music washes away from the soul, the dust of everyday life” (Auerbach) is so true. Today someone posted Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions’ People Get Ready on Facebook and as I listened to the song, I was deeply moved because of the plethora of social ills that are going on in society.  There was a  time when music lifted and inspired, and gave people hope, especially Black people. Songs like Say it Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud (James Brown); Give More Power To The People (The Chi-Lites);  Give The People What They Want (The O’Jays); My People…Hold On (Eddie Kendricks); Respect Yourself (The Staple Singers); To Be Young Gifted and Black (Nina Simone); and Love Train (The O’Jay’s) to name a few.  These songs made it possible for Black people to keep on keeping on with pride, dignity and a hope that even despair could not quell.  Yes, there was a time when music empowered people to empower a movement! We had pride, spirit, and unity, and it was that unity that ushered in change.

In 2015, we are indeed living in the ‘Sign O The Times (Prince). With so much hate, murder, violence, poverty, crime, drugs destroying Black communities, inequality, racism, colorism, fighting, gangs, failed education systems, and murders of black people, we must do better to ensure a society that embraces all people of color, justice and equality.  When I think of the plethora of ills in society, my heart aches and tears well up in my eyes because although we have come so far, we still have a long way to go.  It seems that the journey is becoming more and more treacherous for Black people in this world.  We are witnessing racism and people of color being treated disparately because of the color of their skin to such a degree, that the ills in society have  become psychological, emotional, physical and social burdens that our children must bear. These burdens are becoming heavier with each passing day and if we do not take a stand now, our children’s hopes will be lost, their dreams deferred, and their aspirations stagnated. I know that so much more can be done if we, in unity, join forces to make a difference because there is power in numbers.

As I write this post, I am filled with an array of emotions, thoughts and ideas.  I believe that as Sam Cooke sang A Change Is Gonna Come that will lead all people of color to Higher Ground (Stevie Wonder).  I believe that in unity, “we can make the world a better place for you, me and the entire human race” (Jackson and Richie, 1985) (We Are The World).  We must realize that a “change will only come when we stand together as one” (Jackson and Richie, 1985).

As Curtis Mayfield noted, People Get Ready because a train is coming!  The Unity Train (Culbreth, 2015)!  People getting on board will be those who embrace diversity, racial unity, peace, love, equality, and justice for ALL.  The Unity Train will carry everyone to a destination where people from all ethnicities, races, religions, colors, national origins and sexual orientations, seriously committed to living and working together in unity to a society where they will have equal opportunity to reach higher ground and live fulfilling lives.  A place where people will be able to say to themselves, What a Wonderful World (Armstrong).

“People get ready” because The Unity Train is coming with a destination to a society where:

  • There will be equality of all people regardless of where they come from or how they look
  • People of color are visible, valued and embraced
  • Children will attend schools that are diverse and provide a quality education
  • The lives of all people of color matter
  • Illicit drugs, crime and gangs will be banished
  • Every person, regardless of their race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, gender, age, or weight will be embraced
  • The history and culture of all people of color are valued and accurately reported in learning material
  • The religious beliefs, customs and traditions of all people of color are respected
  • The music lifts and inspires everyone to keep on keeping on
  • People have the right to identify as they choose without labels and categories
  • Public shaming is deemed shameful
  • People are consumed with environmental and climate change to such a degree, that they take action to protect the environment
  • The political and administrative leaders truly represent the diversity of the people that they serve
  • Racists, bigots and hate mongers will be banned
  • Race and color are not prerequisites for friendship, love, value or self-worth.

“People get ready” because we are getting on boardthe people who want to live together in peace, harmony, unity and embrace the diversity of all people!   Are you ready to get on board?

Better yet, lets unite and start The Unity Train, where people from all over the world can come together and work in unity for a better tomorrow. Where you come from, how you look, your race, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender, money, education color, or ethnicity are not important. What is important is that you are willing to get on board and be a part of the change needed in this world!

Lets get this train going!

In Unity!

Dr. Donnamaria Culbreth

Please contact me if you are interested in getting on board The Unity Train.