St. Louis

If You Build It

Abutting I-44 and wedged between Compton and McKinley Heights, the Fox Park neighborhood of St. Louis is a small community with a culture of its own. A painted fleur de lis pattern dances across the asphalt, and green fire hydrants (painted with a fox, of course) stand sentry along the sidewalks. It is October, and…

Father to Son

Ken Nwachukwa stands atop a grey metal fold-up chair and clangs his champagne glass with a metal spoon. The crowd of family and friends, each engaged in separate conversations, congregate around Ken and his step-son, David Ayeke. The occasion is David’s high school post-graduation party. “David, I pass the torch to you,” laughing in a…

Bridging Gender and Socioeconomic Disparities in Health Care

Alaina Maciá, CEO of Medical Transport Management (MTM) and an alumna of Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL), has dedicated her career to breaking down barriers: those that affront socioeconomically-­disadvantaged patients in accessing health care, and those that hinder women in the workplace. While these issues seem unrelated, Maciá seizes her position as a female…

Swab Your Cheek. Save a Life.

In preparing for bone marrow registry drives, the Washington University Marrow Registry (WUMR) focuses on how to engage the student population in learning about and signing up for the National Bone Marrow Registry.  A constant concern is that when most people hear the words, “bone marrow donation,” they immediately flash to an image of a…

Mind the Gap: An In-Depth Look at the Invisible Communities of St. Louis

Images of children’s faces greet passersby who drive past the hospital complex in Central West End–faces on banners that happily announce the “coming soon” of this important center. Smiling faces, gleaming buildings, culminating wholeness. These signs, strung across cement blocks, illustrate a vision for a more efficient, as well as elegant, St. Louis health care…

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