New podcast addresses health issues in black communities in Louisville – 89.3 WFPL News Louisville


A Louisville activist and nonprofit leader helps bridge the gap between health agencies and black communities in Louisville.

Antonio T-Made Taylor, a member of the Louisville Civilian Review and Accountability Board and co-founder of the nonprofit Hip Hop Into Learning (HHN2L), has launched a new podcast.

“Real Talk with T-Made Taylor” is a bi-monthly show with iHeart Radio, sponsored by the Louisville Metro Department for Public Health and Wellness.

It came to fruition after the department’s Health Equity Center began looking for ways to better reach some of Louisville’s most vulnerable communities, which had high rates of COVID-19 infection.

The center partnered with more than two dozen community partners like Taylor to help provide resources and uncover issues facing communities.

The Health Equity Center published a report in August from the first rounds of community listening sessions, which showed some residents felt they did not have correct and timely information about the coronavirus, and that other resources had arrived later than they shouldn’t have.

Taylor hopes to combat this disconnect by being a trusted source of real and needed information about the pandemic and other health issues.

He said that historically black communities don’t place much trust in healthcare facilities because there have been reasons to be wary. An example is the Tuskegee Study in the 1930s, when hundreds of black men known to have syphilis were not told and were left untreated, to study the effects of penicillin on venereal disease.

But Taylor said it goes to the ground level, from how health insurance is treated to general barriers to care, including for pregnant women.

“Many African American women lose their lives in childbirth because our women are not getting the proper care they need,” he said. “They are very neglected and very underserved when it comes to this.”

Its guests include doctors, activists, entrepreneurs and other members of the community. To gauge the issues most important to listeners, Taylor stays in tune and checks her social media feeds to see what’s going on most.

“What I found is that people are really very concerned about immunizing children,” he said. “It’s like the number one thing in the African American community right now when it comes to this COVID-19 disease and the gunfire.”

The first seven episodes are now available to stream, with two new ones each month.

“It is a gesture of the heart that I make to make sure that my people are informed and not misinformed,” he said. “This is the most important part. So it’s just a different way of delivering information that’s entertaining and we speak the language of our community and our audience.


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