One group of doctors in Philadelphia are taking matters into their own hands to provide free testing and treatment to underserved communities in the city.

Pediatric surgeon and North Philly native Ala Stanford runs a medical consulting firm and a private practice. She says she noticed more and more deaths were being recorded in the city and has become increasingly frustrated with the response. The surgeon worries about the city’s black population as the pandemic continues.

“In Philadelphia, African Americans represent 44% of the population, but at last check, 52% of the deaths,” 

Stanford formed the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium—an affiliation that includes a number of doctors and churches in Philadelphia’s black neighborhoods. 

Many around here heard the story of Rev. Alyn E. Waller, senior pastor of Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church. He decided to participate in a free on-site COVID-19 testing in his church’s parking lot, conducted by Dr. Ala Stanford and the Black Doctors COVID19 Consortium. Two days later, the 56-year-old pastor learned he had tested positive.

We’ve got a lot of Black pastors in Chester. I wonder what they can do to get the Black Doctors COVID19 Consortium down here. 

The group has set up a  GoFundMe account and has raised more than $2,200 of its $50,000 goal.