While working as public servants in the city of Detroit, like many other families, we were affected by COVID-19. My husband became very ill and my daughter and I were afraid that he was going to succumb to the disease. We prayed without ceasing, for it says in the Bible, in 1 John 5:14, "And thus is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to his will, He heareth us." After 6 long weeks, my spouse made a full recovery. My husband had touched the hem of our Savior's garment, and became whole!
Even though he physically recovered from the coronavirus, the impact of how he was treated by various healthcare professionals has continued to stay with us. Multiple physicians were non-compassionate towards my husband. They delayed important treatments and information because they did not validate his pain and condition. The final doctor we spoke to berated him and then proceeded to tell us to "Not come back" to his ER. The healthcare disparities that exist within the medical community is a serious issue that has existed since the founding of this country. From medical testing to denial of lifesaving treatments and medications, Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities have historically been underserved and mistreated by the very people who have taken an oath to care for us. After decades of experience in the medical field, we've witnessed so many patients of color being discriminated against and stereotyped. In addition to being health-care professionals, we also assumed the roles of advocates for people of color when we saw injustices occur.
Within the span of only a few months, the Covid-19 pandemic has greatly affected so many people across the world. Urban and rural communities, where the populations are usually people of color and face poverty, are usually disproportionately affected by chronic diseases. This is often due to a lack of medical facilities and resources, little or no access to crucial information and statistics, and ineffective treatments. We believe that in order to help the Detroit residents, we need to have a holistic approach to care. We want to provide quality, compassionate care and education to the people who may experience social and economic barriers at other medical facilities. In addition to physical exams, we also want to give our patients mental health resources, nutritional advising, and spiritual enrichment. We hope that you will join us on our journey to helping our community heal and grow!
-Lorie Turner of God's Path