Identity and Inclusion during COVID-19
Oluwaferanmi O. Okanlami ("Dr. O.") |
• June 2020
TEDxWrigleyville 2020 Theme: “Humanity, a View From Inside the Pandemic,” filmed inside Wrigley Field (Chicago) amidst civil unrest and with full compliance of Covid-19 related quarantine restrictions. [Massive protests around the Chicago area and Covid-19 requirements prevented Dr. Okanlami from filming his talk inside Wrigley Field. The TEDxWrigleyville set was relocated to Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood to film his talk.] Covid 19 has highlighted long standing institutional disparities faced by lower income, certain ethnic and racial groups, and other vulnerable communities. Dr. Oluwaferanmi Okanlami (“Dr. O.”), a disabled African immigrant, sits in the center of the Venn diagram wherein many of these communities intersect. Dr. O. is also an Ivy League educated physician working at the front lines of the Covid crisis in one of the country’s most elite health care institutions. Dr. O.’s talk reveals the interconnected web that is our healthcare system and society, showing us we are all only as healthy as our most vulnerable populations. According to Dr. O., who himself sits at the intersectionality of different societal labels, treating our neighbor as we would want to be treated will keep us all healthy.