My First SXSW

My First SXSW

Hi, it’s Dr. Curry-Winchell, or Dr. BCW for short, and I want to reflect on my first SXSW (South by Southwest). I was honored to join a panel discussion at SXSW hosted by Real Chemistry. The panel was titled Podcasts Unleashed: Elevating Storytelling in Life Sciences. The panel reflected on the profound impact podcasts can have on health literacy. Especially in underserved communities. Let’s dive into the power of conversations on health, technology, and underserved communities.


The Energy of SXSW

My time at SXSW was invigorating. Being amongst people who share a passion for innovation was nothing short of fantastic. It’s a melting pot of ideas where health meets technology and where music and art collide. It was particularly exciting to see familiar faces from digital platforms like LinkedIn, and then have meaningful, in-person discussions about our collective love for making a difference in people’s lives.


Beyond Clinical Walls: Bridging Health Literacy Gaps

As the founder of Beyond Clinical Walls, my mission is to evolve health literacy beyond traditional channels. I strive to make information accessible so everyone can be their own best health advocate. The question I continually ask myself is how we can improve health literacy to disrupt the norms that are failing our healthcare system. Embracing new, more effective ways to educate and empower individuals is key to this mission.


Hopes for the Future of Healthcare

The future of healthcare is ripe with potential, thanks to innovation and a patient-first approach that many are adopting. I am optimistic about the progress we’re making, but it’s crucial that in our pursuit of advanced technology, we do not forget about accessibility. Having cutting-edge solutions means little if they are not within reach of every community. It is essential that as we propel healthcare forward, we do so with a focus on not widening existing gaps but bridging them.


Of course, as I left SXSW, I was filled with hope and determination to continue pushing forward these conversations through the Beyond Clinical Walls Podcast—and in every aspect of my work.

Let’s continue to spark dialogue, foster understanding, and ensure equitable health advancements.  In the spirit of spreading awareness, please subscribe, give a thumbs up, and comment to support this message. Your engagement truly makes a difference.

Thank you for being a part of this journey and as always, stay informed and prioritize your health! – Dr. Curry-Winchell (Dr. BCW)

If you want to see the interview I did following the panel discussion check out the link below:

Black Maternal Health Crisis

Black Maternal Health Crisis

Hi, it’s Dr. Curry-Winchell, or Dr. BCW for short. Today, let’s talk about the critical role of government in combating the Black maternal health crisis. Of course, if you follow my work, you know this is a subject close to my heart. Not only from my own personal experience with maternal health but from the major impact it has on the Black community.

The Ongoing Crisis in Black Maternal Health

The Black maternal health crisis has been a pressing issue for decades. Stark disparities lingering in the shadows of our healthcare system. Black mothers are three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than their white counterparts. They also face serious challenges in accessing quality maternal healthcare—a situation I find both personal and distressing.

Solidarity with Biden-Harris Initiatives

Recently, I had the privilege of contributing to an article in Essence magazine. The article outlines the initiatives the Biden-Harris administration has implemented to tackle this crisis. From the Blueprint for Addressing the Maternal Health Crisis to the launch of the Maternal Mental Health Hotline. This comprehensive approach spotlights the necessity of high-quality maternal care and underscores the significance of accessible postpartum support for mothers across the nation.

My Contribution and Commitment to Change

Similar to the efforts by policymakers, my aim is to advocate for change that bridges the gap in maternal health outcomes. My voice in the Essence article echoes a collective call to action, underscoring the importance of healthcare equity, the need for a diverse healthcare workforce, and the crucial role of policy in bringing those engraved statistics to the forefront of national consciousness.

In joining the chorus of experts praising the administration’s steps towards improvement, my message was clear: As Black women, as mothers, as members of this society, we deserve to have our health taken seriously and our lives protected fiercely and consistently by every means available.

It is through these measures, support, and advocacy that we can ensure a future wherein Black mothers no longer face such dire statistics and instead find themselves enveloped within a healthcare system that serves them with the dignity, compassion, and care they rightfully deserve.


Stay informed and prioritize your health! – Dr. Curry-Winchell (Dr. BCW)


To read the full Essence article on visit:

Cervical Cancer & Black Community

Cervical Cancer & Black Community

Hi, it’s Dr. Curry-Winchell, or Dr. BCW for short. Today, I’d like to talk about a topic that is of critical importance: the dangers of ignoring symptoms of cervical cancer. Thanks to She Knows for supporting this message and promoting health equity and advocacy. The current situation needs as many supporters as possible. Especially when health and life are concerned, we must find ways to elevate our message.

The Heartbreaking Reality

Recently, the loss of Jessica Pettway, a beloved beauty influencer who passed away from cervical cancer at the age of 36, has highlighted a concerning issue in healthcare. Of course, as a Black physician who shares similar roles as a wife and mother, I feel a deep connection to Jessica’s story. It’s a somber reminder of the increasing mortality rates and often-dismissed healthcare concerns of Black women. This isn’t just a statistic. Instead, it’s a call to action to address the systemic issues that perpetuate this tragic narrative.

Silent Symptoms and Missed Warning Signs

Cervical cancer is a silent enemy that can go undetected in its early stages. Regular screenings and exams are vital for early detection, especially for Black women. Black women face a disproportionately higher risk of developing and dying from cervical cancer. Jessica’s symptoms of intense bleeding and fatigue were attributed to fibroids at first. These dismissals showcase the vital need for both patients and healthcare providers to listen intently to the signs our bodies give us. Of course, seeking a second opinion is always a good precaution. Especially for conditions like cervical cancer, which may have limited or delayed symptoms.

Instead of shying away from the healthcare system, lean into it. Establish care with a healthcare provider. Build rapport with your healthcare provider, and ensure you are getting regular health screenings. When you have a provider that knows you, and a provider that you trust, it is easier to advocate and question your health plans.

Advocacy and Action

Without action, there will be no change. If we want to see improvements, we must be willing to speak up. It will be difficult and it will take time. Here’s where we must make a stand:

  • Remove Doubt, Trust Yourself: Never dismiss your intuition. No symptom or concern is too small to be addressed. If you feel overlooked by your healthcare provider, express your concerns until you are heard. Keeping a health journal can be an invaluable tool in these conversations.
  • Proactive Health Monitoring: Understand what screenings are appropriate for your age and current health status. This proactive vigilance is key to catching hidden health concerns early.
  • Seeking Second Opinions: There is power in persistence. If your health concerns are not being taken seriously, it’s essential to seek a second opinion. Your well-being must be given the comprehensive attention it deserves.

Advocating for oneself in the medical system can be daunting. However, it could be a necessary step that saves your life. Women’s health is a central aspect of public health, and sharing stories like Jessica’s creates a ripple effect of awareness. We cannot accept pain as “normal.” Instead, we must break down the biases and barriers that prevent effective and equitable healthcare.


To the women of color reading this: Your health matters. Your voice is powerful. Do not allow it to be sidelined. The road to health equity is long, but together, through advocacy and awareness, change is possible.

Each story shared, each conversation had, brings us closer to a future where our health is valued and our pain is seen. Let us honor Jessica’s legacy by advocating for yourself and others. By advocating our health concerns can be taken seriously.

Stay informed and prioritize your health! – Dr. Curry-Winchell (Dr. BCW)


To read the full She Knows article on cervical cancer visit:


Eating Disorders in the Black Community

Eating Disorders in the Black Community

Hi, it’s Dr. Curry-Winchell, or Dr. BCW for short, and today, I want to talk about the pressing yet often overlooked issue of eating disorders in the Black community.

Busting Myths

Despite prevalent myths, eating disorders do not discriminate—they affect individuals across all ethnicities. The false belief that these disorders are rare among Black people is not only incorrect but also detrimental. It hinders those in need from seeking support. The myth is partly rooted in cultural norms that favor curvier body types, potentially masking the presence of an eating disorder. Moreover, the lack of diverse representation in media and healthcare narratives reinforces this dangerous stereotype, usually depicting eating disorders as afflictions of white, affluent females.

The Impact of Stereotypes

In my practice, the impact of eating disorders on Black individuals is palpable. These disorders are severe health conditions with potentially life-threatening consequences. Being a Black female physician and health advocate, I’ve witnessed the additional hurdles my patients encounter—delayed diagnosis, limited access to treatment, and the weight of societal stigma. To dismantle these barriers, we must first acknowledge and confront the stereotypes and biases at play. This involves a collective effort to amplify inclusive research and education and to reshape the media portrayal of eating disorders.

Moving Towards Health Equity

The path to health equity demands that we elevate the conversation about body image and mental health in the Black community. We must foster an inclusive healthcare environment where everyone feels seen and adequately supported. Advocating for comprehensive education, diverse representation, and accessible healthcare services is essential. It’s about creating a healthcare system that truly understands and responds to diverse needs.

Please take the time to check out my recent SheKnows article by clicking the link below.

Why Eating Disorders in Black People Frequently Go Undiagnosed, According to a Doctor


Stay informed and prioritize your health! – Dr. Curry-Winchell (Dr. BCW)


#EatingDisordersAwareness #HealthEquity #BlackHealthMatters

Addressing Healthcare Disparities in Children of Color

Addressing Healthcare Disparities in Children of Color

Hi, it’s Dr. Curry-Winchell, or Dr. BCW for short; I recently discussed addressing healthcare disparities in children of color with NBC News. After that conversation, I wanted to take the time to discuss these disparities in a little more detail. There have been a couple of new studies that have once again exposed these long-existing issues. For some, these might be new ideas, but for many, these unsettling realities are all to understood.

Understanding the Disparities

According to new research, children of color receive lower-quality healthcare compared to their white counterparts. This inequality manifests in various ways, including LESS frequent use of diagnostic imaging and pain medication, longer ER wait times, and higher rates of complications during and after surgery. If you are interested in reading about these you can visit these websites:

Root Causes of These Disparities

The reasons behind these disparities are complex, involving socioeconomic factors, geographical limitations, and underfunding in hospitals serving communities of color. Additionally, medical mistrust and bias play significant roles in perpetuating these inequities. Black Americans have faced these issues for a long time. Many of the biases we face are rooted in mis-held beliefs from generations past, that have continued to get propagated through societal norms, institutional practices, oral and written histories, and just our general culture. This is why many people to this day believe that black people have thicker skin or feel less pain. And it is these believes that lead to mistreatment like inadequate pain management from doctors.

Empowering Parents and Caregivers

As a parent or caregiver, it’s essential to actively advocate for your child’s health. Ensure that healthcare providers are accessible and willing to address your concerns promptly. It’s ok to ask direct questions about the diagnosis process and understand the rationale behind the treatment plan. In fact its a critical part of maintaining a healthy dialog with the provider to make sure you are heard. This approach not only empowers you with knowledge but also helps in determining if your healthcare provider is culturally competent and truly listening to your concerns.

Bridging the Gap

Closing this gap requires a collective effort. Health education and literacy are key. Understanding what quality healthcare should look like and knowing the right questions to ask can make a substantial difference. Also, acknowledging the data showing disproportionate disease rates in specific groups is critical in justifying and highlighting the ongoing issue. Finally we need to all acknowledge that bias, both conscious and unconscious are real influences on our behaviors and that these influences are having a detrimental impact on non-white people in the US. We need to get past the misconception of “I don’t see color” acknowledge that we all do and look at ourselves and those around us and think about what those observations are doing to our decision making.

Continuous Advocacy

I urge parents to persistently seek the best care possible. If the care received doesn’t meet your expectations or needs, don’t hesitate to explore other options. Remember, your health and that of your family is invaluable, and you have the right to the highest quality of care.

In closing, I thank NBC News for the highlighting this this vital issue. As we continue to work towards eliminating these disparities, remember to advocate for and prioritize your family’s health.

Stay informed and prioritize your health! – Dr. Curry-Winchell (Dr. BCW)

To see the Dr. BCW / Dr. Curry-Winchell interview on Addressing Healthcare Disparities in Children of Color: visit this link

Diversity in Leadership

Diversity in Leadership

Hi, I’m Dr. Bayo Curry-Winchell, known as Dr. BCW. In an enlightening episode of Beyond Clinical Walls Podcast, I spoke with Jay Guilford, a specialist in leadership and DEI training. His work with giants like Google and Uber has now branched into advocating for diversity, equity, and inclusion in healthcare.

Insights on Leadership Diversity

  1. Personal Experiences: Jay recounted his healthcare experiences, shedding light on the biases in medical treatment. Of course, as a black female physician, I share some of my experiences as well.
  2. Why DEI Matters in Healthcare: Our chat centered on the critical need for DEI training in the medical field. Jay’s personal story underscored how biases can dangerously sway patient care.
  3. Broadening DEI Scope: We delved into the vast realm of DEI, moving beyond just anti-racism. It’s about embracing all forms of diversity in leadership roles, especially in healthcare.
  4. The Journey of Learning: Emphasizing self-education, we talked about understanding our biases to offer more compassionate and effective healthcare.
  5. Actionable Steps: I shared practical tips for listeners, particularly healthcare professionals, to enhance their DEI understanding and application. It’s a continuous learning process for better healthcare delivery.


Of course, this podcast episode was a deep dive into the importance of diversity in leadership within healthcare. Join us in this vital discussion to foster a more inclusive and equitable healthcare system.

Check out the full podcast:

To learn more about Jay Gilford’s work check out:

#DiversityInLeadership #Dr_BCW #JayGuilford #DEIInHealthcare #InclusiveHealthcare #LeadershipDevelopment #HealthcareDiversity #BeyondClinicalWalls #EquityInHealthcare

Preventing Type 2 Diabetes

Preventing Type 2 Diabetes

Hi, it’s Dr. Curry-Winchell, aka Dr. BCW. I’m excited to share my recent collaboration with the Health Unmuted Podcast on their mini-series “Preventing Type 2 Diabetes.” This series is a vital resource for anyone at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, as well as their loved ones.

Understanding Diabetes

In the U.S., approximately 33 million people live with type 2 diabetes, and many more are at risk. The first episode of this series dives into the basics of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, focusing on early detection and understanding the condition.

Recognizing Symptoms and Early Detection

Episode two is particularly close to my heart, as it emphasizes the importance of recognizing early signs of prediabetes. This stage is crucial for intervention and can significantly reduce the progression to type 2 diabetes.

The Power of Diet

Diet plays a key role in managing and preventing diabetes. The third episode of the series discusses how simple dietary changes can make a significant impact. It’s not about giving up the foods you love but about understanding how food affects your body and making mindful choices.

Accessing Healthy Foods

Access to healthy food can be a challenge for many. Episode four focuses on finding resources and programs that make healthy eating more accessible, especially for those living with prediabetes.

Lifestyle Changes: Exercise and Sleep

Preventing type 2 diabetes isn’t just about diet. In episode five, we explore how regular exercise, adequate sleep, and stress management contribute to overall health and diabetes prevention. Small, consistent changes can lead to significant improvements.

Exploring Medication Options

Medication can be a crucial aspect of managing prediabetes. Episode six covers various medication options and the importance of discussing these with healthcare providers. It also provides resources to make medication more affordable.

The Road Ahead

Finally, episode seven encapsulates the journey of preventing type 2 diabetes. It’s a continuous process of learning and adapting. The episode provides valuable resources and next steps to maintain a healthier lifestyle.

My Takeaway

Collaborating on this series has been an enriching experience. It aligns with my passion for health literacy and proactive healthcare. I hope this podcast series empowers you with the knowledge and confidence to manage or prevent type 2 diabetes.

For more information and to listen to the series, check out Health Unmuted on platforms like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Amazon Music.

Remember, knowledge is power when it comes to your health.

Stay informed and prioritize your health!


– Dr. Curry-Winchell (Dr. BCW)

Black Women in Medicine

Black Women in Medicine

In this episode of Beyond Clinical Walls Podcast, Dr. Curry-Winchell, also known as Dr. BCW, talks about the challenges facing black women in medicine, as she discusses with Dr. Ivie Okundaye.

Join Dr. BCW in this enlightening episode of Beyond Clinical Walls Podcast. She engages in a deep conversation with Dr. Okundaye. Dr. Okundaye is a nephrologist and assistant professor at the University of Nevada, Reno. In this candid discussion, Dr. Okundaye shares her inspirational journey. From her roots in the Midwest to her remarkable achievements in the medical field.

Born to Nigerian immigrant parents, Dr. Okundaye’s path led her through prestigious institutions like Wake Forest University and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine. She shares her experiences, shaped by her identity and the challenges of being a black woman in medicine. Of course Dr. Curry-Winchell relates to many of these challenges. Hear these two physicians provide their unique perspective on health equity and the importance of diversity in healthcare.

Dr. Okundaye delves into her experiences in medical school and her fellowship at Stanford University. She highlights the challenges and triumphs of her journey. Of course, both physicians share their dedication to patient care, self-advocacy, and mentoring the next generation of medical professionals. Particularly the next generation of black women in medicine.

The discussion also explores Dr. Okundaye’s venture into health communication through radio shows and podcasts, her passion for enhancing health literacy, and her innovative consulting firm designed to guide aspiring medical professionals.

This episode is not just a narrative of personal success. It’s a beacon of hope and guidance for anyone aspiring to make a difference in the world of medicine. Regardless of their background.

Join Dr. Curry-Winchell on the Beyond Clinical Walls Podcast for an inspiring tale of resilience, commitment, and the power of diversity in shaping the future of healthcare.

Reduce Heart Attack Risk

Reduce Heart Attack Risk

Hi, it’s Dr. Curry-Winchell, aka Dr. BCW. Today, I want to talk about a crucial topic that affects many of us: reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke. A new study has shed light on how a specific program is making a difference without significantly increasing healthcare costs.

Understanding the Risk Reduction Program

A recent study published in JAMA highlights the Million Hearts Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction Model. This initiative, launched by the US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in 2017, pays healthcare organizations to track and manage cardiac risks in Medicare patients. The program focuses on key risk factors like high blood pressure, cholesterol levels, smoking status, and diabetes.

Promising Results

The latest research involving over 130,000 participants (excluding the control group) shows a 0.3% reduction in first-time stroke and heart attack risks over five years. Interestingly, this initiative only increased Medicare spending by an average of $2.11 per recipient, indicating a cost-effective approach to managing heart health.

Importance for Diverse Populations

One notable aspect of this study is the higher percentage of Black participants identified as medium or high risk. Of course this is not always the case. As a healthcare professional, I believe that addressing this requires a combination of effective risk reduction models and community outreach. It’s about enhancing health literacy and ensuring that individuals feel comfortable discussing their health concerns.

Challenges and Future Directions

Despite these positive developments, we face challenges, such as data accuracy and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on healthcare delivery. Further research and refinement of these models are essential to maximize their effectiveness.

Final Thoughts

The Million Hearts Model’s success in reducing cardiac risks is a step forward in our fight against heart disease. It’s vital for healthcare providers to continue exploring and improving these models, making heart health a priority for all, especially in underserved communities.

Remember, heart health is crucial at every stage of life.

Stay informed and prioritize your health!

– Dr. Curry-Winchell (Dr. BCW)

Gestational Diabetes

Gestational Diabetes

Hi, it’s Dr. Curry-Winchell. Today, I want to discuss a significant health issue that often goes undiscussed. Gestational diabetes, especially as it pertains to the Black maternal health crisis in the United States.

In honor of National Diabetes Month and the current Maternal Health crisis I partnered with She Knows to highlight this growing concern. You can find my article from She Knows HERE

What is Gestational Diabetes?

Gestational diabetes is a condition that can develop during pregnancy. It is usually diagnosed through screening between the 24th and 28th weeks. The exact cause is not fully understood, it’s thought to be linked to hormonal changes in pregnancy. Symptoms can be subtle, such as increased thirst and frequent urination, or non-existent, making it a potentially silent threat.

The condition not only affects mothers by increasing the likelihood of complications like premature birth and cesarean sections, but it also impacts infants, who may face respiratory difficulties, future obesity, and a higher diabetes risk later in life.

The Impact on Black Maternal Health

Alarmingly, gestational diabetes is a gateway to type 2 diabetes postpartum. Research shows that Black women are disproportionately diagnosed with type 2 diabetes following gestational diabetes, this disparity could be due to a lack of consistent screenings post-childbirth, as symptoms may be mistakenly attributed to typical postpartum recovery.

Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition where the pancreas either doesn’t produce enough insulin or the body becomes insulin resistant. This can lead to severe health issues, including vision loss, nerve damage, and increased risk of kidney and heart diseases — conditions that already have a higher mortality rate among Black individuals.

The Importance of Advocacy and Screening

Advocacy is crucial in addressing this health crisis. The healthcare system’s systemic racism and unconscious biases often lead to the dismissal of Black women’s pain and concerns. I speak from personal experience. As a physician within the healthcare system, I encountered life-threatening challenges during my childbirth due to my pain being overlooked.

For those diagnosed with gestational diabetes, it’s critical to request diabetes screenings after giving birth. As healthcare providers, we must confront unconscious biases and eradicate race-based medicine to improve health outcomes for all mothers and children.

In conclusion, while gestational diabetes is a complex condition with profound implications for maternal health, awareness and proactive management can lead to better outcomes. Help spread awareness, share this article with loved ones and those that can benefit from the information. Increased health literacy gives everyone a better opportunity to advocate for their own health. Greater awareness helps bring light to disparities and of course helps bring change.

Stay informed and prioritize your health!

– Dr. Curry-Winchell (Dr. BCW)