Skinny Trees: An Exploration of Health Inequities In & Around Chicago is the first Chicago-born podcast to bring varied content to you – our listeners – in an effort to tell the stories of health inequities in and around Chicago. We will view these issues through the lens of community members and organizations, students and academia. We believe that everyone has a different story and perspective and each deserves to be told. We will spotlight history, varying perspectives and stories of health equity success!

Season 1 will feature 6 episodes, each released on the last day of every month. You can check out episode 1 here! All episodes can be listened to on the Skinny Trees website or can be found on iTunes by searching “health inequities chicago”. This podcast is listener-led, so please let us know what you want to hear!

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Shaneah Taylor (Host)


Jen Cooper (Host)


Being proud Chicagoans (South side proud to be more specific), Shaneah and Jen are excited to bring the stories of their city to your earbuds. They work with an extensive team to improve health inequities for medically underserved and vulnerable populations both at the local and national levels. Shaneah and Jen are Research Managers in Dr. Melissa Simon’s lab at Northwestern University and will bring their unique perspectives – Shaneah as a former educator and Jen as a trained epidemiologist – to each episode.


Skinny Trees is meant to be an informative and innovative platform to continuing the conversation of health inequities.

The views and opinions expressed on this podcast are those of the speakers and authors and do not necessarily reflect or represent the views and opinions of the following entities: National Institutes of Health, the National Cancer Institute, Northwestern University, Northwestern Medicine, The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, the Robert H. Lurie comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Illinois at Chicago and Northeastern Illinois University. Due to the social nature of this podcast the content used might be copyrighted by another entity or person. This podcast claims no copyright to said content.