Melanin & Medicine: Helping Black Women in Healthcare Thrive in Life, Career and Business

Melanin & Medicine: Helping Black Women in Healthcare Thrive in Life, Career and Business

The Melanin & Medicine Podcast spotlights the inspirational journeys of Black, Indigenous & Women of Color (BIWOC) who are boldly leading in the health justice movement. Join Dr. Omolara Uwemedimo, empowerment coach, career transition mentor and social entrepreneurship strategist, for insightful conversations and lessons learned on how to reclaim your power, rediscover your purpose and make your pivot build, fund and grow your own innovations to create massive impact for the community you are called to serve. Our listeners are committed to health equity, so we'll also discuss current news about in health justice well as how to care for ourselves despite racism & sexism, so we can thrive and make the impact we are called to create.

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May 25, 2022 31 min

As we approach the next change of season, it’s time to start thinking about what we — as Black women healthcare professionals at the forefront of making changes in health equity — have done, have yet to do, what seeds we will be planting, and what we’re not feeling quite ready or able yet to grow to fruition out of unpreparedness, fear, reticence, or hesitancy. 

If you’re feeling stuck in your life, career or business, and unsure ho...

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Asking ourselves what we are building rather than what we are doing is the key to shifting our entire frame of reference towards building our vision. That’s why episode 96 of the Melanin & Medicine Podcast is about 4 key steps to building your vision without burnout! 

In this episode of the Melanin & Medicine Podcast, I’m sharing the importance of aligning our actions with our own priorities instead of others priorities and ...

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As a black healthcare professional, you have an opportunity to make a real difference in your community and the world. This is the perfect time to get funding to build your own healthcare organization that helps the underserved. You can take control of your future and contribute so much to the lives of others.  Be your own boss. Work with full confidence, passion, freedom, and a sense of purpose that comes from helping people live ...

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Going through life without a mission can have serious ramifications on your health and wellbeing. That’s why episode 66 of the Melanin, Medicine & Motherhood Podcast is about creating your life and business mission! 

In this episode of the Melanin & MedicinePodcast, I’m sharing the importance of crafting your mission and ways you can identify your life mission for yourself.

Looking for guidance? Or, do you just need a dose of...

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Sometimes it's difficult to shift and approach what we have to leave behind to get to our next level. It's important that you are making sure that you're advocating for where you're supposed to be, whether that be in your current workplace or moving out of that workplace to another or your own healthcare entity and business. There's power in movement, but there's also power in staying where you are and lever...

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We find ourselves “doing” so often that we don’t take the time to reflect on how far we’ve come. That’s why this episode of the Melanin & Medicine Podcast is about reflecting to stay motivated! 

As Black women, we often limit our dreams, our impact, our wealth & even our legacy by not owning our power & maximizing it.

Knowing whether you are fully owning your power is essential for helping you learn how you can tap into m...

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Life has a way of presenting challenges from all angles, but it’s important not to allow those barriers to redefine the way you view your ability to change what you CAN change. Don’t settle into a rut - continue to look for a way out and find a solution. Your best life still exists. Trusting your vision is paramount to knowing that you can redesign your normal.

So I have to ask: Where are you at this point? Do you have all of these ...

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As Black women in healthcare, it’s extremely important for us to be observant about where justice is, who is not at the table and what's not being talked about. In this space, that can be very hard to do. And, it’s particularly important to remember that —  doing the type of work we do —  healthcare workers go through a lot and have a high rate of burnout and mental illness. 

In this episode of the Melanin & Medicine podcast...

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Dr. Stella Safo is a Harvard trained board certified HIV primary care physician, and an expert in healthcare delivery modeling. An advocate in the highest sense –  who's committed to gender and racial equity – she's a founding member of Equity Now at Mount Sinai where she worked Vote Health and a co-founder of Coalition to Advance Anti-Racism and Medicine. She's been featured on CNN, MSNBC, Yahoo, finance, CBS. In 2020 ...

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As health justice centered people in particular, much of the work that we do is quite comfortable. And, it's sometimes difficult to have a clear vision in general for our lives and careers in order to determine what is worth staying for or keeping in our lives opposed to what we should to eliminate, leave and let go to gain personal clarity, career success, and economic independence. We forget to stop and reflect, which keeps u...

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As women of color, we have a unique amount of both professional experience that's been curated and personal connections. The ideas that we come up with in terms of what we think is going to be helpful for the health of our communities are extremely culturally informed. Why aren't these accessible to the larger audience? Why aren't we making sure these are available to as many people as possible? If you are someone who h...

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Dr. Dedra Beckles is a family physician who pivoted out of the corporate medicine space after 16 years to create — together with her partner who is a licensed clinical psychologist — a spiritually integrated practice, designed to promote true healing for black communities. They are providing physical health services, behavioral health services, social services, and spiritual support,  helping patients of color achieve exceptional l...

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What allows racial segregation to happen? Why do communities with proximity to whiteness have higher density of health and increased quality of care? And, as physicians serving Black patients, are we doing the work of remaining familiar with the laws and red-lining in government that has created such silos. How do we break down the barriers that have created these silos that we're trying to redistribute equity across? 

Before we...

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As women of color, a lot of us are indoctrinated to not make waves; to blend in. We were led to be unsure of how the work we are doing would be received, so we became comfortable with shrinking our visibility. But, many of us want to have an impact and want to have our ideas and solutions in health justice extend and not feel as if we are doing something outside of the norm or “outside of the box”. We want vocalization and visibili...

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For some of us our workplace is an evolutionary space; a test space to learn what it is we truly desire to truly do. As women of color, many of us have recognized we have to do things differently. We have our jobs, the day-to-day work we do for a clinic, hospital, or organization that earn us a paycheck. But, we’re also out in the community doing healthcare justice work that really matters to us: spreading community health educatio...

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When we think about entrepreneurship, we think bootstrapping. We’re so used to having or using the least amount of resources from our own pockets or paychecks to make things happen. But, think about it… who does that serve?  When it comes to entrepreneurship funding and evaluation need to be thought of as a key part of the work you do to build a business. 

In our FREE Stop Waiting & Start Creating workshop, Dr. Omolara — who has...

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Welcome to Season 2 of the Melanin & Medicine Podcast!

There are so many times when we feel like we’re being blocked from reaching our goals by our own anxiety or hesitancy. This is a pretty common feeling among BIWOC women in healthcare – especially those in positions of creating opportunities for the underserved in the space of health justice. The reality is that we’re not stuck. We’re simply not regularly tapping into the key...

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Since our inception, Melanin & Medicine has shifted from helping Black women physicians thrive inside of existing healthcare structures to making a decision to help them create new ways of being, new ways of transforming healthcare that don’t need to fit into what has traditionally been presented to them. That’s why episode 117 of the Melanin & Medicine Podcast is about empowering underrepresented women in medicine to trans...

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Self-sabotage often is something we continually overlook as we build, fund, and grow our businesses but is actually one of the most critical things we need to be aware of in this journey. That’s why episode 116 of the Melanin & Medicine Podcast is about how to overcome self-sabotaging your income & impact in social entrepreneurship!

The Stop Waiting, Start Creating Workshop is a FREE workshop where you will learn the basics ...

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We all have gifts and skills that we have already been utilizing so to go bigger, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel, you just have to use what you have already done. That’s why episode 115 of the Melanin & Medicine Podcast is about how to build and grow the million-dollar social enterprise that you’re probably sitting on right now.

Stop Waiting & Start Creating is a FREE  workshop where you get an opportunity to solidify ...

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