Making Contact

Making Contact – September 19, 2008

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For Us, By Us.  Health Care after Katrina

Hurricane Katrina, which struck the Gulf Coast in August 2005, ranks among the costliest disasters in lost human lives and destroyed property in U.S. history.  And while a full three years have passed since the storm, New Orleans and the surrounding region are still in a state of "rebuilding". But what does that mean in real terms for many of its citizens?  How does this ongoing state of recovery translate into the daily lives of the city’s marginalized populations?  Migrants. Communities of color. Working class women. Queer and transgendered people.

On this edition, we talk to activists and visionaries from the New Orleans Women’s Health Clinic who are reinventing their community’s health and wellness landscape one person at a time.

Featuring: Shana Griffin, New Orleans Women’s Health and Justice Initiative interim executive director and Incite! New Orleans member; Dr. Joia Crear-Perry, New Orleans Women’s Health Clinic medical director; Mandisa Moore, New Orleans Women’s Health and Justice Initiative member; Monique, New Orleans Women’s Health Clinic family nurse practitioner; Lanora, New Orleans Women’s Health Clinic office manager; Shelanda, New Orleans Women’s Health Clinic patient. Narda Hernandez, New Orleans Women’s Health Clinic Spanish interpreter.