What is Black? Healthy Conversations Around Race to Raise Healthy and Thriving Children

Dr. Jaqueline Douge, a local pediatrician, has put her skills and activism together through entrepreneurship to spark change in the black community which led her to the foundation of What is Black, LLC.

As a child health expert on issues pertaining to how racism impacts the health of children, Jacqueline utilizes creative outlets such as writing and speaking to educate parents on how to talk with their children about race and racism.  

In 2020, Jaqueline self-published her middle-grade novel called “Learning to Love All of Me,” and began hosting a bi-weekly podcast called “What is Black?” serving as a platform for Black individuals to share their stories and speak about cultural barriers that help address issues important to raising healthy and thriving Black children and teens.

The podcast spotlights important topics such as representation in media, reconstructing black education, racial health disparities, and more.

Jaqueline’s honorable work has led her to be featured on Today, CNN, NY Times, Washington Post and NPR.

Jaqueline is also a 2021 graduate of the Frederick County Office of Economic Development’s EmPOWER Mentorship Program.

“I love being an entrepreneur, living and working in Frederick. As we grow, I hope to partner with local organizations and agencies to advance children's health and racial health equity. One way I do this is through creating and producing representative media. I want to help provide affirming, engaging entertainment options that center and celebrate Black children, teens and families,” says Jaqueline Douge.

“Our current plans for expansion include developing a children's podcast, Henry's Library, that centers Henry, a 5-year-old Black boy that is curious and loves to read and a documentary, reading in Black, celebrating Black children's literature,” she adds.

For more information on how to have healthy conversation with children about race and racism, visit www. jackiedouge.com or to listen to What is Black? podcast, visit https://whatisblack.simplecast.com/.

To learn more about the Frederick County Office of Economic Development’s EmPOWER program for underrepresented businesses, visit www.discoverfrederickmd.com/empower or contact Shana Knight, Frederick County Office of Economic Development at sknight@frederickcountymd.gov.