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To Heal a Mocking Bird

By Randevyn Pierre

Randevyn Pierre

Randevyn Pierre is a business organizer, process innovator, and health messaging strategist. Raised in the Rocky Mountains, Randevyn earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Colorado Technical University.

 

His diverse professional background includes experiences in the business of infectious disease prevention and treatment, program development, health promotion, health education, health marketing, project management, and community engagement in communities of color. 

 

More specifically, Randevyn’s public health work portfolio includes the Georgia Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Janssen Pharmaceutical companies of Johnson & Johnson.

 

He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Southern AIDS Coalition

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“Imagine working in an office where you know that everyone who comes through the doors is gonna die. I remember telling one of my clients who was dying that I didn’t know if I could continue doing the work anymore, because I wasn't making a difference and I couldn't keep watching people die. He told me I had an obligation to help everyone I saw, even if I only saved one life in all the time I worked in HIV/AIDS. That was over 30 years ago." - Earl Fowlkes

Randevyn Pierre has collected and shared the experiences of a number of African Americans around healthcare hesitancy and medical mistrust. In this piece, he exposes his own thoughts and experiences in navigating his journey through the healthcare landscape. Pierre also infuses key learnings from his public health knowledge as well as other accounts from interviewees.

Randevyn Pierre discusses "Black Healthcare Hesitancy and Its Impact The 100 Series"

Former President Barack Obama is famously quoted as saying, “we have more in common than we have things that divide us.” This philosophy may or may not have moved the needle on this country’s politics around human decency, but perhaps it offers us a start to reducing healthcare hesitancy in exam rooms all over the United States.

Randevyn Pierre discusses "Black Healthcare Hesitancy and Its Impact Profile 104: Healthcare Through Angela’s Eyes (Part 2 of 2)

During Angela Braden's battle to preserve her sight, the medical mistrust of her support system took an unexpected turn as her Black family immediately questioned the qualifications and competence of a Black physician. Soon thereafter, they were confronted with their worse fears.

Listen to the radio show-style break down of our conversation around Black health and its historically relevant trust-related barriers over coffee.

During Angela Braden's battle to preserve her sight, the medical mistrust of her support system took an unexpected turn as her Black family immediately questioned the qualifications and competence of a Black physician. Soon thereafter, they were confronted with their worse fears.

Randevyn Pierre discusses "Black Healthcare Hesitancy and Its Impact Profile 103: Our Body Is (Nothing and Everything)"

“My grandmother was resistant to her food being heated up on a metal plate. Today, most of us don’t even think twice about warming our dinner in a microwave. Change is slow, but it is constant and inevitable. We will get there.”

Randevyn Pierre discusses "Black Healthcare Hesitancy and Its Impact Profile 102: The Brown Paper Bag"

“I used to see my mother and grandmother get these brown paper bags full of medications thrown at them. I was sitting there trying to help my mother read and understand them.”

"There are members of the Black community who find it difficult, at best, to believe that reversing age-old systematic oppression and trauma in healthcare is a top priority of our government.”

Listen to the radio show-style break down of our conversation around Black health and its historically relevant trust-related barriers over coffee.