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Remembering the Past, Helping to Nurture the Future

Dr. Whitney Postman, an assistant professor in the Doisy College of Health Sciences, was awarded matching funds from the Center for Neuroscience for a special event sponsored by her Neuro-rehabilitation of Language Lab. With the funding, she screened the award-winning documentary film “The Color of Medicine: The Story of Homer G. Phillips Hospital” for her Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) group of low-income African American older adults from North St. Louis.

Homer G. Phillips Hospital
Homer G. Phillips Hospital

This work is supported by the Saint Louis University School of Medicine’s Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program. The screening took place in November 2019 on campus.

The participants of Dr. Postman’s CST group live in the historic neighborhood of The Ville in North St. Louis where Homer G. Phillips Hospital, the premier training site for African American physicians, nurses and other health professionals, once flourished. From its inauguration in 1937 to its forced closing in 1979, this legendary hospital was in the heart of The Ville. Dr. Postman’s group was deeply moved by the powerful documentary about the former Homer G. Phillips Hospital. 

“It was very significant to my African American elders because not only did they grow up near the Hospital, but we gathered on the grounds of the former Homer G. Phillips Hospital for our CST group,” says Dr. Postman. “While we mostly discussed health conditions that can put you at risk for dementia, such as diabetes and COPD, we also very openly talked about racial and gender health disparities. This was a very meaningful event supported by the Center for Neuroscience.”

People attending a Screening