Using the power of media to address health issues in the Black community.

Dr. Tracy Reed, Founder, TPD Pharmacy / Total Comfort Footcare


The (Health Equity Action Lab) is designed to share the stories of African Americans and advocates as we combat and eliminate barriers to healthy living, actualize equity, and gain resources needed for healthy communities.

For over 112 years, The ARGUS has been a champion in the St. Louis community for racial equity. Now in partnership with The ARGUS Community Foundationwe view disparities in healthcare as our number 1 priority when it comes to the forward movement and growth of people of color in the region. Our daily editorial supports our activities, reaching over 200k digital readers and subscribers in St. Louis and St. Louis County. We recently expanded our coverage to include Kansas City, MO, and East St. Louis, IL populations. We amplify health institutions’ initiatives and community events through focused campaign journalism, leadership profiles, and direct community engagement through our national network of legacy BIPOC Press, now reaching over 20 million people.

Our Goal

The devastating realities of health disparities are glaring. As knowledge continues to be produced that challenges the status quo upholding these disparities as usual, it becomes harder to ignore the existence of widespread inequality both locally and globally. Differences in health status and access to health care are continually shaped through histories of power and subjugation, privilege, and despair. They manifest along race and ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, and citizenship, primarily in demographics defined through their exclusion from the norm. Often, these forms of social exclusion function to legitimize and normalize health disparities; however, our goal is to end the social structures that prevent people from accessing high-quality and comprehensive care and set in motion action and advocacy that emphasize people’s right to health. 

The Health Equity Action Lab (HEAL), an initiative of The ARGUS Community Foundation, focuses on highlighting and creating programmatic solutions to these stark health disparities, both within the U.S. and in the global communities where our readers reside. Our plan is twofold: through media engagement of all stakeholders throughout the care delivery process, we seek to measurably reduce health inequalities in our local and national communities and advance awareness through documenting disparities.

Through elevated awareness and disruptive distribution, HEAL creates actionable goals to overcome individuals’ sociohistorical barriers in seeking care. HEAL engages with the intuitional, social, and political factors perpetuating inequality in our care systems and resolves these issues at every level.

Projects include:

  • At Home Care Missouri campaign to address geriatric care in the Black community throughout Missouri. Under the leadership of Carla, the home care agency also addresses the shortage of persons of color in the Nursing field, a problem that became unmanageable during the pandemic as they create pathways toward inclusion.
  • ARGUS News. Now. Eye On Health features daily health articles aimed at improving the quality of life of our readers distributed to over 45K people each week. Each topic will be featured on our digital platforms and promoted on the DISC St. Louis Indoor Digital Network nationwide.
  • ARGUS HEAL Health Minute, hosted by Dr. Fredrick Echols, is our digital short that addresses health challenges, provides advice, and connects viewers to helpful information to spur healthy outcomes. It is streamed weekly from The ARGUS and its publisher partners.

Our Partners

Population, Health, and Social Justice

Dr. Fredrick Echols

Dr. Fredrick Echols, M.D. is the Founder and President of Population, Health, and Social Justice. Before his promotion, Dr. Echols served over 15 years in the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County’s Health Departments as Health Commissioner, Director of Health, and Director of Communicable Disease, Vector, and Veterinary Programs. In addition, he also served as Chief of Communicable Diseases for the Illinois Department of Public Health and as a Physician for the United States Navy. Dr. Frederick Echols is a Boston University School of Medicine and Clark Atlanta University graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Pre-Med. He also has additional training in the Center for Disease Control’s Population Health Training in Place Program.

Biotchnology Health Management and Care

Dr. Lawrence Jones, II

Dr. Lawrence Jones, Ph.D., is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Biotechnology Health Management and Care LLC in Pikesville, MD. He earned his doctorate from Regent University in the School of Business and Leadership with a concentration in Entrepreneurial Leadership. His doctoral research explored “An Exploratory Quantitative Comparison of Direct Reports’ Perceptions of Entrepreneurial Leadership of Biotechnology Founders Versus Nonbiotechnology Founders.” Dr. Jones leads the ARGUS health editorial team and connects our agency to health stories of interest and professionals in the health space.

Become A Partner

We urge you to get involved. Connect, Listen and Share.

Contact The ARGUS today to share health equity stories, events and community initiatives. • 314.632.6079

For non profit initiatives contact:

The ARGUS Community Foundation for more information at:

929 N. Spring

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St. Louis, MO 63108

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