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November 2021
CNN Heroes

Dr. Ala Stanford is one of ten finalists for CNN’s 2021 Heroes Award – but she needs your votes to help bring home the $100,000 prize. Having just opened the Dr. Ala Stanford Center for Health Equity, that money can immediately be put to good use. Please follow the link and cast your vote today, tomorrow and every day until voting ends on December 7th. – VOTE

November 3, 2021
How Black Doctors Got Philadelphia Vaccinated

Philadelphia is closing out the year with one of the highest Black vaccination rates in a major U.S. city. After a slow start amid a scandal in which test sites in minority neighborhoods were shut down, the city, which is 38% Black, turned it around thanks in no small measure to the work of 50 Black doctors and a group of volunteers who fanned out across neighborhoods to educate reluctant residents—and give shots.”

“Today, at least 54% of Black residents are vaccinated. That puts Philadelphia at the top of a group of the country’s 10 most Black cities, with populations of 500,000 or more and with Black people making up anywhere from 28% to 77% of the population. (The second-largest U.S. city, Los Angeles, has vaccinated 55% of Black residents, but they make up just 8% of the population.)”continue reading

November 2, 2021
Black Doctors Consortium to offer COVID-19 vaccine for kids, pending CDC approval

“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week issued an emergency use authorization of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids ages 5 to 11. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s independent advisory committee is meeting this week, and will soon vote on whether to recommend the vaccine for younger children.”

“In Philadelphia, the Black Doctors Consortium’s primary care clinic says it is prepared. Beginning Thursday — pending approval from the CDC — children ages 5 to 17 may be vaccinated at the Dr. Ala Stanford Center for Health Equity (ASHE).”continue reading

November 2021
Philadelphia Magazine
Ala Stanford: Godmother of Community Health Outreach

“In these tumultuous times, the list of people who wield influence in Philly is constantly changing. In the November issue of Philadelphia Magazine, you can find a snapshot of the current power players in the city, to celebrate those who, in the past year and the years before, made moves that have shaped where we’ve been, and those who, in the year ahead, will have the biggest role in determining our future. Among them – Dr. Ala Stanford.”continue reading

October 28, 2021
How a Group of Black Doctors Got Philadelphia Vaccinated

“They took their shots—and their pitch—to the streets, kept late hours, and streamlined sign-ups.

“From Day 1, we were trust-building,” says Ala Stanford, a pediatric surgeon and founder of the consortium. The group has administered more than 53,000 shots, of which about 80% went to African Americans. On some days it vaccinated more than 1,000 people, reserving shots for poorer ZIP codes and keeping clinics open late into the evening. And because some residents were reluctant to provide personal details, the consortium streamlined and simplified the sign-up process.”continue reading

October 27, 2021
Dr. Ala Stanford Center for Health Equity: The Ribbon Cutting

Please visit our dedicated page for photos, videos and news articles regarding this momentous occasion. – continue reading

October 19, 2021
Philadelphia Inquirer
Don’t use Colin Powell’s death to bolster anti-vaccine sentiments

“According to the founder of the Black Doctors Consortium, everyone should get the shot to protect our friends, family, and neighbors who, like General Powell, remain vulnerable even after vaccination.continue reading

October 14, 2021
Philadelphia Business Journal
Health Care Leaders in Health Care 2021, Editor’s Pick: Dr. Ala Stanford, Black Doctors Covid-19 Consortium

In the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, Dr. Ala Stanford was troubled by reports of the disproportionate number of African Americans being diagnosed and dying from infections. Equally concerning to Stanford, a general and pediatric surgeon with her own private practice in Jenkintown, were the statistics that showed not enough being done in the way of timely interventions to mitigate the spread of Covid-19. So she decided to do something about it.” continue reading

October 14, 2021
Fox 29
FDA panel meets to discuss Moderna, J&J COVID-19 booster shots

“Dr. Ala Stanford from the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium joins Good Day Philadelphia to discuss an FDA panel meeting on COVID-19 booster doses of Moderna and J&J. Experts will discuss whether a third shot of Moderna’s two-dose vaccine should contain just half the original dose and what’s the best timing for a second shot of the single-dose J&J vaccine.” continue reading

October 12, 2021
Washington Post Live
Health Equity: The State of Obesity in America with Ala Stanford, MD

“Ala Stanford, MD, says she founded the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium in April 2020 to create barrier-free access to covid-19 testing to people of color living in Philadelphia. “African Americans and Latinx folks, in general, had the highest positivity rate in the city, living in zip codes where covid was 1 in 4, but yet all the testing locations were in affluent White neighborhoods…A huge part of access is going to where the people are and not expecting them to come to you…” continue reading

October 6, 2021
The Mississippi Link
The AKA’s breast-cancer-fighting machine targets the MS delta

“In kicking off October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the sorority has gone full throttle in providing information on the importance of early detection as well as free screening for this disease which impacts more than 2 million Americans annually.” continue reading

September 29, 2021
Dr. Ala Stanford, Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium Founder, Honored With George H.W. Bush Points Of Light Award

“A local doctor who has played a critical role in Philadelphia’s pandemic fight has received a national honor. Dr. Ala Stanford, the founder of the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium, accepted the George H.W. Bush Points Of Light Award on Tuesday night.  It honors people who are driving significant and sustained impact through their actions.” continue reading

September 28, 2021
Philly Metro
Dr. Ala Stanford: A true trailblazer in Philadelphia and beyond

“At a recent news conference, Dr. Ala Stanford discussed the trauma caused by COVID-19 and the broader effects of post-traumatic stress within Philadelphia’s communities and neighborhoods. Stanford, an adult general and pediatric surgeon and the founder of the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium, spoke to the need for behavioral health and psychological counseling in addition to primary care, coronavirus testing, and vaccination services. The pandemic affected everyone physically, mentally and emotionally, Stanford said, as people lost parents, grandparents, and other loved ones. ” continue reading

September 25, 2021
Fox 29
Philadelphia Department of Public Health to begin administering Pfizer booster shots Saturday

“In North Philadelphia at the Deliverance Church, home to the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium, booster shots were administered Friday afternoon to office workers and the organization’s founder Dr. Ala Stanford.” continue reading

September 25, 2021
Dr. Ala Stanford To Receive Points Of Light Award

Dr. Ala Stanford has been on the front lines of the pandemic. Now, she’s recognized for her efforts. Next Tuesday, the founder of the Black Doctors COVID-19 consortium will receive The George H.W. Bush Points of Light Award. The award recognizes those with integrity and empathy who create positive change.continue reading

September 23, 2021
Philadelphia Inquirer
Philly’s Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium is opening a primary care clinic to combat health inequity

“Amid the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium’s push to get vaccines into Philadelphia’s hardest-hit neighborhoods this year, founder Ala Stanford noticed something: Patients weren’t just coming to her clinics for vaccines.” continue reading

September 22, 2021
Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium to open clinic offering primary care

“The Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium has used [Deliverance Evangelistic Church in North Philadelphia] for the past six months as a home base to offer vaccinations and testing. During that time, it saw growing demand for expanded health care services beyond just COVID shots. So now, the group is opening a health equity clinic on site that will offer everything from lab work, to pediatric checkups, to vaccinations of all varieties.” continue reading

June 25, 2021
The Philadelphia Tribune
Philly’s Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium is opening a primary care clinic to combat health inequity

“We are intentional about focusing on communities that have the low vaccination rates and the highest positivity rates,” said Stanford, whose organization has been praised as a model to reduce health care inequality by the CDC. “Those who are most vulnerable … they need to have the support.” continue reading