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.
Watch the webinar recordings and complete the self-paced, online learning modules.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.