Racial Equity Series

Racial Equity was the first History and Health focus topic. This series of webinars and online learning modules specifically related to health outcomes for Black Americans. For example, what part has VCU played in a city with a history so intertwined with slavery? Why do residents of Richmond’s majority-White neighborhoods, such as Westover Hills, live an average of 20 years longer than do the residents of nearby majority-Black communities, such as Gilpin? These questions and more are addressed in History and Health: Racial Equity.

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The Roots of Institutional Racism: Medical College of Virginia 1838-1968

Presenter: Jodi Kosti, archivist at the Health Sciences Library at VCU

History of MCV and VCU Health System reflecting on how the historical practices, laws, and culture in the South impacted the shaping of the medical school and health system.

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Finished in 1845, the Egyptian Building served as the first medical education building for MCV and included a dissecting room.

History of St. Philip Hospital and School of Nursing

This online learning module orients learners to the history and legacy of St. Philip Hospital and School of Nursing. The module includes a panel discussion, alumni testimonials as well as articles, including recognition of their 100th anniversary in 2020.

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St. Philip Class of 1958 on staircase of building

Housing, History and Health

Explore the background and history of gentrification in Richmond and how it has impacted local neighborhoods, their changing demographics, and social determinants of health.

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1923 map of Richmond Virginia showing redline districting

Amplifying Voices: Experiences in Health Sciences Education and Clinical Practice

Alumni panelists of diverse backgrounds share their stories and experiences as students and practitioners, reflecting on the strategies they have used to thrive as health care professionals in spite of racial inequities. Panel is moderated by Dr. Carlos Smith, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the VCU School of Dentistry. This event is co-sponsored by VCU Alumni and kicks off MCV Campus Virtual Reunion Weekend 2021.

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Dr. Carlos Smith, director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the VCU School of Dentistry

The East Marshall Street Well Project: A Story of our Ancestral Remains

This presentation will account the history of human remains found in the East Marshall Street Well on the VCU Medical Center Campus. It will explore the practice of 19th century grave robbing for the purposes of procuring cadavers for medical study, and how this practice is only one contributor to institutional racism in health care. This event is presented by Dr. Jen Early, project manager at VCU Health and Member of the Family Representative Council for the E. Marshall St Well Project. The presentation is followed by a discussion facilitated by Pegah Eftekharzadeh & Morgan Christie from the VCU University Counseling Center.

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1896 newspaper illustration of Chris Baker with a funeral director (via Library of Virginia)

Medical Dissection and the East Marshall Street Well

This module examines the role of illegal grave robbing and the use of black cadavers in medical education at MCV during the 19th century. The module also provides information about the East Marshall Street Well Project, including the 2019 memorialization ceremony.

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VCU Health Sciences students bow their heads in front of the ancestral remains of individuals recovered from the East Marshall Street Well during a prayer given by Del. Delores McQuinn. Nov. 25, 2019.