Bridging Civil Rights and Health Care | Pamela Payne Foster | TEDxTuscaloosa

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The speaker uses the backdrop of Selma Alabama with its rich civil rights history of Bloody Sunday in 1965 and the personal stories her father growing up in Selma in the late 1940s and early 1950s and the analogy of bridges and rivers to expand the traditional model of health care in the US. The new model or "new bridge" includes social determinants of health or societal factors in health, population health, health disparities and health inequities and social health justice as the "new" civil rights issue in order to save more lives.

Dr. Pamela Payne Foster is a Preventive Medicine/Public Health physician who currently serves as Associate Professor at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Tuscaloosa as well as Deputy Director of the Institute for Rural Health Research. Dr. Foster’s current research area of interest is the study of HIV/AIDS related stigma in rural African Americans in Alabama, particularly in faith-based settings in rural Alabama. She also works as a HIV/AIDS activist particularly around health equity issues in the rural Deep South and has written two books: Is There a Balm in Black America? and Practicing Prevention.

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