With the Delta variant surging, Denver has issued new public health orders requiring pre-K through 12th-grade students to wear masks at school and requiring city employees and some private-sector workers in high-risk settings to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Justina Ford was Denver's first licensed African American female doctor, but it took her nearly a lifetime of work to be recognized by her professional peers. Despite earning a medical degree from a college in Illinois and delivering more than 7,000 babies, she was not allowed to care for patients inside Denver hospitals. She treated patients insider her own home and made house visits around the city. The Martinez family remembers her caring for all seven siblings and their mother for a period of time.
Photos courtesy of Denver Public Library & the Martinez family.
Dr. Ford's house on the move! Dr. Ford holding a baby. The Martinez family were her patients.