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Tulsa Race Massacre's ongoing health impact, Medicaid expansion, to be focus of upcoming virtual discussion
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Tulsa Race Massacre's ongoing health impact, Medicaid expansion, to be focus of upcoming virtual discussion

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Dr. Jabraan Pasha joins others in kneeling for 8 minutes and 46 seconds during an event on the lawn at OU-Tulsa's Schusterman Campus during a White Coats for Black Lives event on  June 5, 2020. 

How the recent expansion of Medicaid in Oklahoma could help with community health disparities that trace back to the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre will be the subject of an upcoming virtual program.

“Medicaid and Health Equity: 100 Years After the Tulsa Race Massacre,” which will include a documentary and panel discussion, is set for noon-1 p.m. Friday, July 23.

The program is being presented by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the ACS’ advocacy affiliate.

Panel participants will include Dr. Jabraan Pasha, assistant dean of student affairs at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine; Tulsa City Councilor Vanessa Hall-Harper; Kristi Williams, Real Black Wall Street Tour co-owner; and Lance Barbour, Cancer Action Network senior state and local campaigns manager.

Matt Glanville, Oklahoma government relations director for the Cancer Action Network and the event’s moderator, said that with the recent commemoration of the massacre’s centennial and the expansion of Medicaid, the timing is right for the program topic.

“We’re going to talk about how the destruction of the north Tulsa community during that event affected present day disparities and really just bring awareness to that,” he said.

Glanville said the program will then zero in on the “impact on individuals and families when they don’t have access to care and what can be done about that moving forward in the public health community.”

The program will start with a brief video history of the massacre and a virtual tour of current day north Tulsa and the Greenwood District and then move into the panel discussion.

Medicaid expansion, which began on July 1 in Oklahoma, will be discussed as “one tool in the toolbox” for helping address longstanding disparities caused by the massacre, which left a once-thriving community with few resources, officials said.

The program is the third in the “Medicaid Covers Us” Health Equity and Medicaid series.

Participation is free, but registration is required at tinyurl.com/f8umssr6.

Tulsa Health Department's Dr. Bruce Dart addresses the question on April 29, 2021

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