John McIlwain and Mary Richardson Lowry talk to authors Fernando De Maio & Maureen Benjamins about their new book, “Unequal Cities: Structural Racism & the Death Gap in America’s Largest Cities.” The core of their discussion centered on the importance of data in furthering the discussion around structural racism and poor health outcomes. “The diseases have changed over the past century, but the root causes remain the same: structural racism.”
Dr. Melissa Simon discusses her career and her focus on health equity from Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine with John McIlwain and Dr. Patricia Robinson. As a Latina, Dr. Simon brings particularly unique perspective to healthcare in Chicago, experiences that go back to her childhood. While growing up in Detroit, Dr. Simon saw relatives encounter a healthcare system that was less than open to her family. These experiences inspired her to become a doctor and to insure that her family's voices, and those like her, were heard.