Guns Part 6: “Sin is the failure to bother to care”
Our very own, Dr. Abdullah Pratt, engages in a profound and enlightening discussion with Malcolm Gladwell on his podcast, "The Revisionist History" as they delve into the critical issue of gun violence and its impact on our communities.
Our mission is to address the problems of poor healthcare, low health literacy, violence, lack of access to quality healthcare providers, and systemic injustices that have plagued our underserved communities for generations. We focus on empowering Underrepresented minority youth to become trained in recognizing and responding to the most prevalent life threatening emergency scenarios while being exposed to health related careers, in hopes of increasing representation in the field of medicine. We aim to sustainably combat pervasive health care disparities that more commonly impact the underserved communities we work with.
Increase the number of youth on the South Side of Chicago who possess life saving health emergency response skills.
Increase the representation of minorities in the medical profession through exposure to medical career options and mentorship.
Build trauma resiliency for at-risk youth on the South Side of Chicago.
Reduce pervasive health disparities that impact residents of the South Side of Chicago.
We deliver our programming to local high schools on Chicago’s South and West Side. By providing emergency response skills to students of high school age, and by exposing them to careers in the medical field, we are strengthening the next generation of community members and leaders, who will then be in a better position to address the health disparities experienced by our communities. Our team also provides our programming in other community settings such as churches, conferences, and community fairs. So far, we've trained well over 7,000 students and adults.
Your support and contributions will enable us to continue to provide mentorship, training, and scholarships to our students! Your generous donation will help fund our mission to increase representation in medicine and combat health disparities by investing in our youth!
Dr. Abdullah Hassan Pratt knows trauma, treating gunshot patients on a regular basis at the University of Chicago hospital, and motivated by his own upbringing on the city's South Side, he decided he wanted to do more to help. As part of that effort, Pratt started the initiative, MEDCEEP.
MedCEEP is giving students like Demeka Akins a fresh outlook. The high school student is already a CNA nurse, thanks to the MEDCEEP program. Demeka gives the program credit for keeping her on the right path after she lost her sister, Tierra, in a shooting last summer.
“She wanted to be a nurse just like I’m doing, she wanted a future, but her life was ended so soon so she couldn’t do it. That’s why I’m here to do it, to continue her legacy,” Akins said.
By Lexi Sutter • Published December 27, 2022 • NBC 5 Chicago
MEDCEEP proudly extends congratulations to Dr. Abdullah Pratt, our visionary founder and guiding force, for an outstanding and impactful year!
Dr. Pratt’s accomplishments in the last few months include:
Dr. Pratt, your unwavering dedication, exceptional leadership, and relentless commitment to effecting positive change within the community have become a constant source of inspiration for us all!
Dr Pratt sits down with STAT News to address gun violence and its far-reaching impact on our community and healthcare system.
In her article, Deborah Balthazar delves into Dr. Pratt's journey, uncovering the source of his commitment to community work. She underscores Dr. Pratt's unique perspective as an African American physician who hails from the very Chicago communities he serves. Balthazar's writing spotlights his proactive measures to address the lasting trauma caused by gun violence in our communities, capturing the core of Dr. Pratt's motivation and the powerful initiatives he spearheads to tackle this critical issue.
MEDCEEP wants to give Symphony Fletcher, a huge congratulations for being chosen as a 2023 Cook County Health Provident Foundation Scholar for her outstanding dedication to combatting health disparities and gun violence!
MEDCEEP wants to also extend a heartfelt congratulations to Tai Donovan for her remarkable achievement in being selected as a 2023 Cook County Health Provident Foundation Scholar for her commitment to community outreach and health equity!
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