In a candid interview, American Family Insurance CEO and Chairman, Jack Salzwedel shares his racial equity journey with Dr. Gee. While exploring his leadership and career, Jack Salzwedel discusses witnessing redlining, creating inclusive company culture, and his own pursuit of equity. Listen to hear another open and insightful conversation from Dr. Gee.
Dr. Gee discusses Dr. Jasmine Zapata’s involvement in the COVID-19 vaccine research at the University of Wisconsin under the leadership of Dr. William Hartman. Their conversation highlights the importance and rarity of including African Americans in the research process. This important topic explains the mistrust of the Black community for health care services and the impact of COVID on African Americans.
Dr. William Hartman is an anesthesiologist at UW Health and an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He is the Medical Director for the UW Health Preanesthesia Assessment Clinic. He is leading a UW Health study looking at whether plasma transfusions from people who have recovered from COVID-19 will help others who are still fighting it.
Dr. Zapata is a dynamic author, physician, health educator, speaker, youth empowerment specialist, and community leader known both locally and internationally. She is a board-certified pediatrician as well as a preventive medicine/public health doctor. Her focus is on ways to get outside the clinic walls to impact health outcomes for children and families on a community-based level. Her research and community work focuses on racial disparities in infant mortality, upstream determinants of health, youth resilience, public health approaches to violence prevention, and innovative methods of community engagement and health promotion. She is the founder of the Beyond Beautiful International Youth Empowerment Movement as well as co-founder of the Madison Inspirational Youth Choir among other roles.
Dr. Gee brings back Psychologist Dr. Christopher Bass just in time to help him process the stress and hurt that is sadly building up with current events. This stress has compounded for Black folks since the Pandemic has brought greater disparities and systemic racism to the forefront. Whether you need to hear how to address underlying stressors for the Black community or want to better understand the conditions facing people of color in our current environment, this episode is enlightening.
Dr. Chris Bass has served clinically in a variety of posts including; Clinical Director at a residential treatment facility for adjudicated late adolescent males, Psychologist for the City of Atlanta and Senior Psychological Partner at The Bass Medical and Psychological Consultants firm LLC. He has held faculty appointments on the campuses of Hampton University, Morehouse College, University of Georgia, Oglethorpe University and others. He continues to serve as a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Clark Atlanta University.
This extra episode of Season 4 was just too good to wait for Season 5. Dr. Alex Gee has an honest conversation with NBA player currently with the Milwaukee Bucks. A 10-year NBA veteran, Matthews averaged 12.2 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 69 games (68 starts) with Dallas, New York and Indiana last season. He finished the 2018-19 season with the Pacers, starting 23 games, averaging 10.9 points in 31.5 minutes per contest.
The former Marquette standout who attended high school in Madison, Wis., has also played in 36 playoff games in his career and is averaging 12.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.3 steals in postseason action.
Dr. Alex Gee wraps up Season 4 with a reflection on the themes of his conversations over the last season. Season 4’s theme of “State of Emergency” became more relevant as the year has gone on and Dr. Gee points to the current state of affairs in Wisconsin and the country. You are sure to hear Dr. Gee’s honest perspective as a Black man in America giving voice to the Black experience. Plus, Dr. Gee leaves you with some steps to take toward action in the midst of volatile times.