15 episodes

Navigating professional life as a "racialized" person can be exhausting. Join Dr. O, a Public Health Physician Specialist in Toronto, as she interviews guests who are overcoming the obstacles of overt and institutionalized racism to achieve their professional goals while creating healthy and fulfilling lives. If you'd like to learn about thriving in the face of adversity while staying well, this is the podcast for you.

Race, Health & Happiness Dr. Onye Nnorom

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 28 Ratings

Navigating professional life as a "racialized" person can be exhausting. Join Dr. O, a Public Health Physician Specialist in Toronto, as she interviews guests who are overcoming the obstacles of overt and institutionalized racism to achieve their professional goals while creating healthy and fulfilling lives. If you'd like to learn about thriving in the face of adversity while staying well, this is the podcast for you.

    S02 Special Episode - “Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Revisited"

    S02 Special Episode - “Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Revisited"

    The last time we featured Celina Caesar-Chavannes on the “Race, Health & Happiness” podcast was way back in 2019, when we were preparing to launch the first season of the show.  At the time Celina was an elected Member of Canadian Parliament, and she was fierce and outspoken about who she was, and the issues that she cared about.  From the outside, it would have seemed that she was on top of the world.  But that just wasn’t the case, the truth was much more nuanced, and even ugly, as you will hear in this episode.  Being in the political sphere broke Celina down, and she eventually decided to leave politics and rebuild her spirit.
     
    Celina went on to write a book about her experiences, (https://www.celinacc.ca/book/) after reading it I wondered, how is Celina doing today?  How does she reconcile all that has happened in the past couple of years?  So I decided to give Celina a call, and the first part of this episode is that conversation.

    The second part of this special episode is a "Race, Health & Happiness" throwback! It's my original interview with Celina from October 2019, after she had left the Canadian liberal party. We decided to bring back this gem after yet another Black woman, Annamie Paul resigned as the leader of the Green Party this year. A troubling but empowering pattern of Black women saying enough is enough. There is healing and wisdom in that so we’re bringing it back!

                                                                                                   - Dr. O
    View our ShowNotes for more information. [https://bit.ly/3DkKfeu]

    • 53 min
    S02 Special Episode - “Exposing Medical Colonialism” ft. Dr. Samir Shaheen-Hussain

    S02 Special Episode - “Exposing Medical Colonialism” ft. Dr. Samir Shaheen-Hussain

    "In this special episode I speak to my friend and medical colleague Dr. Samir Shaheen-Husein.  He is the author of the book, “Fighting for A Hand to Hold: Confronting Medical Colonialism against Indigenous Children in Canada”. His book is a powerful example of solidarity and truth telling in medicine.

    Of note, this episode was recorded before the revelation of the horrific Kamloops residential school burial site, and before the release of the public inquiry into the death of Indigenous patient, woman and mother, Joyce Echaquan. Details of these tragedies are in the ShowNotes, as well as how you can purchase a copy of this book. All author royalties from sales of this book go directly to initiatives that support or are led by Indigenous communities.

                                                          - Dr. O"

    View our ShowNotes for more information. [https://bit.ly/3CZVbO9]

    • 46 min
    S02 E05 - Olunike Adeliyi discusses the challenges of being a Black actress in Hollywood, embracing heritage as a form of self-care, and confronting the stereotype of the Angry Black Woman

    S02 E05 - Olunike Adeliyi discusses the challenges of being a Black actress in Hollywood, embracing heritage as a form of self-care, and confronting the stereotype of the Angry Black Woman

    Welcome to Season 2 of The “Race, Health & Happiness” Podcast!  This season is about “Game Changers”, people who are dismantling institutional racism in their own fields, teaching us how to do it, or how to support it, while we thrive.

    In this episode, I speak with Olunike Adeliyi, the Canadian actress, activist and philanthropist that many of you will know from her roles in the TV shows “Workin’ Moms”, “American Gods” and “Coroner”.  We really connected as sisters of African and Caribbean heritage during our wide-ranging discussion about self care, Olunike’s experiences navigating the acting world as a Black woman, and dealing with racism and colorism in everyday life.

    Olunike has not only survived but she has surTHRIVED in her career and in her life, thanks to a strength, resilience and centeredness that really comes through in this conversation.  I hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as I enjoyed connecting with my friend, Olunike.

                                                                                                        ⁃Dr. O

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    View our ShowNotes for more information. [https://bit.ly/rhh0205]

    • 47 min
    S02 E04 - Kern Carter discusses why it's difficult to sell Black characters to publishers, how Black writers are underpaid, and succeeding through self-publishing

    S02 E04 - Kern Carter discusses why it's difficult to sell Black characters to publishers, how Black writers are underpaid, and succeeding through self-publishing

    Welcome to Season 2 of The “Race, Health & Happiness” Podcast!  This season is about “Game Changers”, people who are dismantling institutional racism in their own fields, teaching us how to do it, or how to support it, while we thrive.

    In this episode, I speak with author and "ghostwriter" Kern Carter about the strategies he has used to create his own path in the publishing industry, where institutional racism is alive and well but HE is coming out on top! This episode has great lessons and nourishment for the mind.

     ⁃ Dr. O

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    View our ShowNotes for more information. [https://bit.ly/rhh0204f]

    • 44 min
    S02 Special Episode - “Radical Self-Care” ft. Dr. Marcia Anderson

    S02 Special Episode - “Radical Self-Care” ft. Dr. Marcia Anderson

    In this bonus episode Dr O. and Dr. Marcia Anderson talk about radical self-care.  The conversation with Dr. Anderson about Indigenous health began with RHH S02 E03, which you can listen to here:  [https://bit.ly/rhhs02e03]

    African American poet Audre Lorde taught us about wellness, saying:   “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”

    Please note that this episode was recorded before the recent traumatizing discovery of hundreds of unmarked Indigenous children’s graves on the grounds of some historical Canadian ‘residential schools’.  But we hope this review of radical self-care will be helpful to everyone coping with the heartbreaking realities of our world.

    Healing is resistance.

                                                  Dr. O
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    S02 E03 Episode 3 Dr. Marcia Anderson discusses indigenous racism in health care [https://bit.ly/rhhs02e03]

    S02 E03 ShowNotes  [https://bit.ly/3vrT5lV]

    • 41 min
    S02 E03 – Dr. Marcia Anderson discusses Indigenous Health, impacts of colonization, and anti-Indigenous racism in health care

    S02 E03 – Dr. Marcia Anderson discusses Indigenous Health, impacts of colonization, and anti-Indigenous racism in health care

    Welcome to Season 2 of the “Race, Health & Happiness” podcast: GAME CHANGERS.

    In this episode, I interview my girl and colleague Dr. Marcia Anderson – Indigenous woman, mother, physician, advocate, scholar, FEMME and just PURE FIYA!!

    We dive into the impacts of colonization and her own experiences of anti-Indigenous racism in healthcare. Although this was recorded before the tragic unearthing of Indigenous children’s remains in Kamloops BC, the approaches to healing she describes here can be applied to overcoming almost any form of racial trauma. So I hope it is helpful to everyone directly and indirectly affected by this act of structural violence.

    And stay tuned in the coming days– we will be releasing a bonus episode that we recorded together, where we do a deep dive into “radical self-care”. 

    So buckle up, here we go!


                                             Dr. O


    Access our Show Notes to discover additional meaning

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

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28 Ratings

28 Ratings

Laur181 ,

Grateful this podcast exists

The information on this podcast is so important — especially for all medical professionals. Thanks for creating this space for learning, Dr. O!

Robert Douglas John Fraser ,

Important perspective in healthcare

Enlightening perspectives and experiences being brought to the table that has helped me as a nurse better understand patients and providers I work with.

KNM_21 ,

Insightful

Such a wonderful platform to hear the experience of racialized folks. I love what Ritu says about taking charge of your wellness as being disruptive of white supremacy - this is a very powerful statement that will stay with me 💜

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