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This week, Cathy and Cal explore equity, diversity, and inclusion in the massage therapy profession. What are the barriers that keep massage therapy from being more inclusive, both for practitioners and clients? Kemi Balogun and Ann Blair Kennedy are on the podcast to talk about their research, their lived experiences, and the vital importance of representation.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Massage Therapy Profession (free full text): https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7454234/


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About Our Guests:

KEMI BALOGUN, BS
University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Greenville
Kemi Balogun is a fourth year medical student at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville. In 2016, she received her B.S. in Biology with a minor in Psychology at Wake Forest University. She has a special interest in women’s mental health and health care disparities.

 

ANN BLAIR KENNEDY, LMT, BCTMB, DRPH
University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Greenville
Dr. Kennedy is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville in the Department of Biomedical Sciences. She became a board certified and a South Carolina licensed massage therapist in 1999 and was in clinical practice prior to pursuing her Doctor of Public Health degree in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior from the University of South Carolina. She completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Human Performance Lab at the USC School of Medicine Greenville in April 2017. Dr. Kennedy’s specific research interests include: patient and stakeholder engagement in research, implementation monitoring and process evaluation, integrative medicine, and stress/wellness particularly in health professionals. Finally, she is the Director of the Patient Engagement Studio and the Executive Editor/Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.