Interview - OmiSoore Dryden on Racism in Healthcare
The Body of Evidence
Jonathan and Chris discuss the impact of racism within the Canadian healthcare system with Dr. OmiSoore Dryden, an associate professor at Dalhousie University and the current holder of the James R. Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies. They talk about the effect of the pandemic on minorities and racialized groups, and why there’s more to Africa than elephants. 1:58 A Chair in Black Canadian Studies 4:40 Black medical students 11:14 The pandemic’s effect on minorities 17:08 The grey economy 18:07 Biological versus socioeconomic risk factors 28:48 How to have conversations about systemic racism 32:53 Canada’s “universal healthcare” 38:00 The meaning of anti-racism 43:00 #GotBlood2Give and the barriers to donating blood 53:23 The tainted blood scandal 55:42 Racism is impacting your patients’ lives * Theme music: “Fall of the Ocean Queen“ by Joseph Hackl. To contribute to The Body of Evidence, go to our Patreon page at: http://www.patreon.com/thebodyofevidence/. Patrons get a bonus show on Patreon called “Digressions”! Check it out! Links: 1) OmiSoore Dryden’s personal website: https://omisooredryden.com/ 2) OmiSoore Dryden’s profile at Dalhousie University: https://medicine.dal.ca/departments/department-sites/community-health/our-people/our-faculty/omisoore-dryden-.html 3) OmiSoore Dryden on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JRJCHAIR 4) Her article in The Conversation: https://theconversation.com/coronavirus-discriminates-against-black-lives-through-surveillance-policing-and-the-absence-of-health-data-135906 5) Jonathan’s article about race and biology: https://www.mcgill.ca/oss/article/health-general-science/are-you-there-race-its-me-dna
We chat to Dr. OmiSoore Dryden, James R. Johnston Chair of Black Canadian Studies and Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at Dalhousie University in Halifax. Dr. Dryden discusses how the ongoing disproportionate impact of COVID-19 within Black communities is rooted in a larger Canadian conversation about racism and data that is often dismissed.This interview is the first of a 2-part investigation on the lack of race-based data collection re:COVID19 here in Canada. We delve into why this lack of information is so dangerous and what barriers it presents to communicating vital information about the pandemic to vulnerable communities.The Conversation Canada: https://theconversation.com/coronavirus-discriminates-against-black-lives-through-surveillance-policing-and-the-absence-of-health-data-135906 Recent estimates of COVID19 cases impacting Black individuals in the US and UK (*please read pre-prints with caution*):https://www.apmresearchlab.org/covid/deaths-by-race https://ehe.amfar.org/inequity?_ga=2.51214761.1618924293.1588715818-1730120696.1588715818 https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.05.06.20092999v1.full.pdf *The Faculty of Medicine at McGill University was created in 1829
004: Surviving the Apocolypse with Dr. OmiSoore Dryden
BlackChat the Podcast
This week on BlackChat, we sat down with Dr. OmiSoore Dryden. Long time friend of !Kona, "adopted" auntie of Morgan, Dr. Dryden is the James R. Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies in the Faculty of Medicine and an associate professor in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at Dalhousie University. She is an interdisciplinary scholar whose research topics include, but are not limited to; Black Health Equity, Black Feminist/Black Queer Diasporic Analytics, Anti-black racism and Health Outcomes, and Blood Donation Systems. OmiSoore is also a bad-ass femme whose academic activism continues to be a vital tool in Black liberation. In editing, we decided to let this episode flow free form with no music and minimal editing for volume control. So grab a snack and join us as we munch on Chinese food, and discuss in-depth the intersecting existence of Black and Indigenous people on Turtle Island. Are Black people settlers? Allies? What are our roles as people of African descent in dissolving the colonial apocalypse we live in alongside Indigenous peoples? On a panel this past Tuesday, Dr. Dryden said something on the lines of (and I'm sorry for paraphrasing), "[Genocide did not wipe out Indigenous people, despite genocidal acts still occurring to this day. Slavery Did not wipe out Black people, despite systems of slavery still existing today.]" This "quote" leaves us to further think about how coalition-building between Indigenous and Black people can, may and will be possible. For updates and ways to contribute, visit www.patreon.com/blackchat or follow us on Instagram and Facebook @blackchatvancouver OmiSoore's website: https://omisooredryden.com/ *Photo was snagged from Google. I will properly credit if I can find it*
Dr. OmiSoore Dryden on how ideas impact policy. Gender and Sexuality series.
Medicine for the Resistance
We conclude our series by looking at how the way the settler state has constructed gender and sexuality impacts current policy and activism. From Canadian Blood Services to Pride, our ideas about race and gender has consequences.