NMF Alumna and 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, Dr. Cheryl Whitaker delivers a Tedx talk focused on healthcare for underserved communities. Click here to learn more.
TEDx Talk –
Taking Health Care to the Streets
Last month I delivered a TEDx talk in Nashville, which is now posted on YouTube and I hope you will watch. It was about health care for underserved communities, a subject so important to me that it inspired a major course correction in my career and led to the founding of NextLevel Health, a medicaid managed care company.
It has long frustrated me that for many communities, especially those that are low-income, health care is not always viewed as accessible. I grew up in one of those communities, and know the story all too well. People only went to the doctor when they were seriously ill, and by then it was usually too late.
Why? There was no such thing as good health education and preventative care. Residents didn’t understand their health care insurance benefits, and it didn’t matter because they wouldn’t take advantage of them even if they did know how to do so. That’s because they often viewed hospitals as a place to avoid except in an emergency-the most expensive entre’ into the healthcare system.
In my talk, I explain how we’re working to break through these unfortunate myths and to get to a place where everyone has access to health care services—and knows how to use them to stay healthy. I would really appreciate it if you would view my TEDx talk, which is about 13 minutes long, and give me your feedback. And I would be so grateful if you could forward it to your friends and colleagues—either directly or through social media, to garner as much attention for this issue as possible.
I’m devoting my life to changing the health care equation, and reaching a greater audience means the world to me.
Thank you so much.
Dr. Cheryl Whitaker