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Black during a pandemic (Part 1)

  • Featuring: Theresa, Rachel, & Joel Bervell
  • Date Submitted: Apr 14, 2021
  • Location: Alaska

Did Theresa Bervell’s cousin die of COVID-19 because he was Black? Why were Black people four times more likely to die from COVID than white people? In this first segment of a four-part series, a medical family explores racism and systemic inequities in healthcare following their painful, personal loss. Theresa, a matriarch and doctor, wonders if an ambulance would have arrived sooner had her ailing cousin not been Black. Her daughter, Rachel, who’s also a doctor, and her son, Joel, a medical student, help begin to find answers and solutions. Edit credit: Sean Collins

Black during the pandemic (part 2)

Black during the pandemic (part 3)

Black during the pandemic (part 4)


  • Theresa Bervell
  • Rachel Bervell
  • Joel Bervell
  • Health disparities
  • Black
  • DEI
  • Health Equity
  • Medical student
  • Caregiver
  • Doctor
  • Family


  • Black
  • Health equity
  • Diversity
  • Covid
  • Caregiver