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Healthcare Equity Book Club: Welcome

Information about the Henry Ford Health System Healthcare Equity Book Club

Join the Henry Ford Health System Healthcare Equity Book Club!  A book related to culture or equity is selected each quarter. Discussions are both online and in person, and are moderated by our HFHS Healthcare Equity Team.


How to Join the Discussion:

You must be a Goodreads member to join the Book Club. Goodreads is a free site that hosts reading groups, lets you create lists of the books you've read and those you want to read. It's a great site to locate reading suggestions, too.

  • Once at the Goodreads site, create a free account. Once you are a member and you have made the choices necessary to set up your home page, select "Groups" under the Community drop down link and search for "Healthcare Equity Book Club".
  • Click "Join Group" and ask permission to join the group. A group administrator will get an email from Goodreads and will approve your membership.
  • You will be notified of the books selected for upcoming discussions and meeting information via email.
  • You must be an employee or affiliated with Henry Ford Health System to join the group.

Meeting Information

Next Healthcare Equity Book Club: Wednesday, April 21st 2021, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
  • This will be a virtual book club meeting.
  • Please contact Gayle Williams at for Zoom information.
  • For April, we have four books to choose from focusing on Black History. Read one or all four! 

Book Selections for the April 21st Discussion


Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents

Named a 'best book" on virtually every newspaper and magazine "books of the year" lists, Pulitzer Prize winning author Isabel Wilkerson's Caste examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions.  Beautifully written, original, and revealing Caste is an eye-opening story of people and history, and a reexamination of what lies under the surface of ordinary lives and of American life today.  (Description from

Sag Harbor

Sag Harbor

From Colson Whitehead the Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Underground Railroad: a tender, hilarious, and supremely original novel about coming of age in the 80s.  Benji Cooper is one of the few black students at an elite prep school in Manhattan.  Every summer Benji escapes to the Hamptons, to Sag Harbor, where a small community of African American professionals have build a world of their own.  (Description from

Idlewild: The Black Eden of Michigan

Idlewild: The Black Eden of Michigan

By Ronald J Stephens, showcasing classy revues and interactive performances of some of the leading black entertainers of the period, Idlewild was an oasis in the shadows of legal segregation. Idlewild: Black Eden of Michigan focuses on this illustrative history, as well as the decline and the community's contemporary renaissance in over 200 rare photographs. (Description from


To learn more about Idlewild, check out this video on YouTube: "Whatever Happened to Idlewild?" a film by Coy Davis, Jr. (Run time: 48:56)

Idlewild: The Rise, Decline, and Rebirth of a Unique African American Resort Town

Idlewild: The Rise, Decline, and Rebirth of a Unique African American Resort Town

In 1912, white land developers founded Idlewild, an African American resort community in western Michigan. Over the following decades, the town became one of the country's foremost vacation destinations for the black middle class, during its peak drawing tens of thousands of visitors annually and hosting the era's premier entertainers, such as The Four Tops, Della Reese, Brook Benton, and George Kirby. With the civil rights movement and the resulting expansion of recreation options available to African Americans, Idlewild suffered a sharp social and economic decline...Meticulously researched...Ronald J Stephen's book examines the rapid rise and decline of this pivotal landmark. (Description from