Saturday, September 18, 2021

Group of Black Women Doctors Bring Free COVID-19 Test Kits to Underserved Neighborhoods

Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium
Dana Heller, 3rd medical student, Dr. Pierre Chanson, Natalie Gonzalez, 4th year medical student, Dr. Renell Dupree, and Dr. Ala Stanford, are part of the Black Doctors COVID-19 consortium. They are taking mobile testing at-risk zip codes in Philadelphia. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

*Dr. Ala Stanford and other African American doctors in Pennsylvania (mostly women) have launched the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium to bring free mobile coronavirus testing to underserved communities in hopes of preventing further spread, reports WHYY.

Initially, Stanford, a pediatric surgeon, created and uploaded a video trying to dispel the myth that African Americans couldn’t get COVID-19. But some ini the community were worried that even if they had the virus, they wouldn’t be able to get tested.

That’s when Stanford decided to form Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium with her colleagues in the medical field and the assistance of black churches in Philly. With testing kits on hand, Stanford and the other doctors “put our supplies together and we went out to the community,” she told WHYY.

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The Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium launched a GoFundMe hoping to fund more COVID-19 testing, advocacy, and to educate black people about the coronavirus. It has so far raised more than $25,000 of its $50,000 goal.

 

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