Critical Futures

An interview-based podcast by the IHJE. It’s Critical, because the time is now to conjure the world we want to live and thrive in. It’s also Futurity: the intentional imagining and materializing of liberated futures.

1 October 2023

Series 1, Episode 8: "Navigating Resistance to Health Equity"

Featuring Arthur R. James and Johnnie (Chip) Allen

About Our Guests

Arthur R. James

Dr. Arthur R. James is a retired Obstetrician, Gynecologist, and Pediatrician who has been involved in the care of underserved populations for the entirety of his medical career. He is a former member of the Health and Human Services Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality, and a former Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Pediatrics at The Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He is currently the Chair of the Faculty Planning Committee for NICHQ’s Technical Assistance for Healthy Start and he is the 2022 recipient of APHA’s Martha May Eliot Award. Much of his approach to improving clinical outcomes is informed by the experience of being the youngest of six children in a poor family from an inner city black community.


Highlighted Work:

Johnnie (Chip) Allen

Johnnie (Chip) Allen is a public health expert with over 20 years of experience in addressing health equity issues at the local, state, and national levels. Mr. Allen works in partnership with communities, governmental agencies, and academic institutions to develop strategies, policies, and analyze data to improve the health of marginalized groups. He currently works as President/CEO of Health Equity Consulting where he provides health equity advice to national public health agencies and foundations.


Highlighted Work:

Anti-Racism Consortium

The Institute for Healing Justice & Equity (the Institute or IHJE) aims to eliminate disparities caused by systemic oppression and to improve individual and community health and well-being through systems change and deep community partnership. As part of these core goals, IHJE created a panel of content experts, community advocates, and organizations called the Anti-Racism Consortium. Each consortium member has a history of working to:

  • develop and advocate for anti-racist health policy;
  • address the root causes of health inequities; and
  • develop programs and interventions that address multiple levels of medical racism, structural racism in health and the health care system.

In the Critical Futures podcast series, Consortium members describe their work and perspectives related to anti-racist health policy as well as structural racism in the healthcare system. These interviews are also conducted with a community partner that the members have worked alongside — with the goal of highlighting how to deeply work with community in a way that shares power and that moves us all towards liberation.

Additional Credits

This episode was produced as part of the work of the Anti-Racism Consortium. Support for the Consortium was provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.

Episode Host: Ruqaiijah Yearby | Co-Founder, IHJE.

Audio Production: KJ Schaeffner | Web Developer + Designer, IHJE.

Podcast Artwork: Wriply M. Bennet.

Theme Music: Future Vision/FineTune Music via Adobe Stock.