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Wed, Jul 22



ProPublica's Lizzie Presser

Why Black Americans are losing limbs at three times the rate of whites.

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ProPublica's Lizzie Presser
ProPublica's Lizzie Presser

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Jul 22, 2020, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM



About the Event

In The Black American Amputation Epidemic, Lizzie Presser follows a crusading cardiologist in Bolivar, Mississippi, as she looks at why Black Americans are three times more likely than non-Black patients to undergo amputations in this country. The story looks closely at how failures in preventive care and government policy have disproportionately impacted this particular group of patients. And it tells the story of how one doctor, who immigrated from Nigeria, is trying to do all that he can to fight the system and save limbs.

Lizzie Presser is a journalist at ProPublica writing on inequality, how social policy is experienced, and health. She was previously a contributing writer for The California Sunday Magazine, and her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The Guardian, This American Life,  Harper's, and elsewhere. Her story “The Dispossessed” won a George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting and a John Bartlow Martin Award in 2020. She is a two-time finalist for the National Magazine Awards and the Livingston Awards.

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