Long before scholars began studying racial, social and economic barriers to health care, the Nash family prioritized health equity by caring for the health and well-being of hundreds, if not thousands, of children in the St. Louis area, many of whom were poor and Black. The family’s legacy will be commemorated with the renaming of a street in its honor on the Washington University Medical Campus.
On Oct. 14, Nash Way will replace Children’s Place between Euclid Avenue on the west to Taylor Avenue on the east. The name change honors beloved pediatricians Helen E. Nash, MD, and her brother Homer E. Nash Jr., MD, who spent decades providing health care to and advocating for generations of children. The late siblings also influenced physicians, trainees and a range of other health-care workers to emphasize health equity in patient care.