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Prostate screening is a must

NNPA NEWSWIRE — According to the American Cancer Society, Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men, behind lung cancer. African-American men are twice as likely to develop prostate cancer and twice as likely to die from it. […read more]

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Actor Bill Duke and Filmmaker William Michael Barbee Attend Didi Hirsch’s 23rd Annual Erasing the Stigma Awards

LOS ANGELES SENTINEL — On Thursday, April 25th, Actor Bill Duke and Filmmaker William “Michael” Barbee attended the 23rd Annual Erasing the Stigma Leadership Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Actor Bill Duke, who starred in Barbee’s film “Beyond the Silence,” presented William “Michael” Barbee with the Erasing the Stigma Leadership Award for all he has done to erase the stigma of mental illness. […read more]

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SBA honors Arubah Emotional Health Services

MINNESOTA SPOKESMAN-RECORDER — The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has named Arubah Emotional Health Services, P.A. the 2019 Minnesota Minority Owned Small Business of the Year. Anissa Keyes founded Arubah (which means “restoration to sound health” in Hebrew) in 2012 to help make mental health services accessible — especially for the African American and low-income communities in and around North Minneapolis. […read more]

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Dallas Post Tribune

5 Ways Climate Change Affects The Mental Health Of Young People

DALLAS POST TRIBUNE — The European Parliament’s recent ban on single-use plastic products was hailed as a positive step in the world’s battle against climate change.Yet at the same time, younger generations around the world want to see more government action. Deeply concerned about their future as dire forecasts of a worsening environment continue, students from across the globe keep protesting. And while the threats often associated with climate change are to physical health, homes, the air, water, and economy, psychologists says the toll it takes on young people’s mental health can’t be ignored. […read more]

l-r Dr Joseph Webb, Sandra Peach, Wilford Fuqua and Mayor David Briley. (photo by Roland’s Photography)

Nashville General Hospital celebrates 129 years of service and recognizes employees

NASHVILLE PRIDE — City officials gathered to recognize Nashville General Hospital for the quality service they provide. On Wednesday, May 1, 2019, Nashville General Hospital (NGH) welcomed community leaders, faith-leaders, volunteers, cancer survivors, and elected officials including Metro Council members Fabian Bedne and Burkley Allen, for breakfast to celebrate the 129th anniversary of Nashville’s original city hospital. […read more]

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The Geto Boys’ Bushwick Bill Reveals He Has Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer

DEFENDER NEWS NETWORK — Bushwick Bill, of the legendary Houston rap group the Geto Boys, revealed that he has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. The news came as a complete shock to the rapper because he’s previously undergone testing for a mass on his pancreas, but doctors said it was benign. In fact, it wasn’t until the cancer was advanced before they knew what Bill actually had. […read more]

Bill Fletcher, Jr. is the former president of TransAfrica Forum. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and at And look for his new novel The Man Who Fell From the Sky.
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COMMENTARY: Another case of Alzheimer’s

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The implications of the increase in Alzheimer’s patients goes far beyond the personal loss and sadness experienced by families. We are talking about immense healthcare costs. As I have witnessed in my extended family, an individual who is otherwise healthy can suffer a long and slow decline that can be not only emotionally intolerable for all involved but immensely expensive, sometimes to the point of personal bankruptcy. […read more]

Know your numbers, take your medication, educate your children, and adult family members, and talk about your health. Visit a physician on a regular basis. Take control of your health, your life depends on it. Remember at any age a person can have a stroke, but as you get older you are more susceptible to having a stroke. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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COMMENTARY: Learn Your Numbers During Stroke Awareness Month

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “When I had my stroke, I was well aware that I had hypertension, but I was still not taking my prescribed medication. I was walking around with a time bomb. At any time I knew the bomb could explode but I took a chance. Eventually, it exploded, but I lived, and now part of my responsibility is to educate Americans about strokes with a primary focus on African Americans.” […read more]

Noemí Gallardo, Senior Manager of Public Policy, Sunrun Inc

COMMENTARY: Clean Air Is a Human Right

LOS ANGELES SENTINEL — My baby brother suffered from acute asthma his entire childhood, and witnessing his pain was tough on me, but even more so for my parents. It was disheartening to watch him suffer and miss school when he had trouble breathing. My parents, Mexican immigrants with limited education, worked multiple low-wage jobs to make ends meet. They often had to skip work to take care of him, which also hurt our ability to purchase appropriate treatments for him. For low-income families like mine, having health issues presents hard decisions about priorities and survival. […read more]


Ross Speaks, Educates, Challenges and Inspires

HUDSON VALLEY PRESS — “I believe activism is a way to make your life matter,” Loretta Ross passionately affirmed these words as she spoke to an attentive room full of people at SUNY Newburgh’s Kaplan Center Saturday afternoon. The “Meet and Greet Brunch” event, held by the Healthy Black and LatinX coalitions, led by Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley, attracted an appreciative crowd, many of whom walked away empowered after listening to the numerous messages the iconic activist delivered. […read more]

Intersections of Our Lives calls on our champions in Congress to raise their voices in opposition to the draconian Hyde Amendment. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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PRESS ROOM: Reproductive Justice organizations express dismay over Hyde Amendment status

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “It’s 2019. How much longer do women of color have to wait for basic equity? How can it be that we still do not have enough political will from Members of Congress to say that women with less means are no less deserving of the freedom to make decisions about their bodies and their health with dignity and self-determination?” said Jessica González-Rojas, executive director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health. […read more]

Mona Fouad, M.D., professor, founding director of UAB’s Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center and senior associate dean. (Bernard Troncale Photo, For The Birmingham Times)

Dr. Mona Fouad’s team named winner of UAB’s Inaugural Grand Challenge

THE BIRMINGHAM TIMES — The diseases are familiar. So are the state’s rankings. Alabama ranks 46th in obesity, 48th in diabetes, and 49th in high blood pressure, among other metrics. Turning these numbers more favorable is a grand challenge that Mona Fouad, M.D., director of the UAB Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center — and her team — have accepted. […read more]

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Rep. Elijah Cummings Releases Report on the Soaring Prices of Diabetes Drugs in his District

LOS ANGELES SENTINEL — Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, released a Committee Staff Report on the prices of diabetes drugs for seniors and the uninsured in Maryland’s 7th Congressional District. More than 30 million people in the United States, including more than one in four seniors, have diabetes. Patients with diabetes rely on prescription drugs, including insulin, to help manage their conditions. […read more]

Cynthia Hughes-Harris, Ph.D., (left) MMERI research Chair and Dean of the School of Allied Health Sciences and Peter Harris, JD, (right) MMERI Director

Florida A&M University and the Medical Marijuana Education and Research Initiative announce Recipients of Medical Marijuana Research Grants

THE WESTSIDE GAZETTE — Florida A&M University (FAMU) today awarded 14 grants totaling $98,000 to more than 20 faculty members to conduct research on marijuana as it impacts diverse minority communities. This research is a component of the University’s Medical Marijuana Education and Research Initiative (MMERI), which was launched in response to the Florida Legislature’s funding allocation to educate “minorities about marijuana for medical use and the impact of the unlawful use of marijuana on minority communities.” […read more]

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Have Too Many Bad Habits? Here Are 6 Ways To Create Good Ones

PASADENA JOURNAL — It’s said that we become our habits. In some cases that is not a good thing; bad habits prevail among many Americans. One report found that over 70 percent of US adults have at least one unhealthy behavior associated with chronic health problems. Breaking bad habits isn’t easy, but sometimes the best answer is replacing them with empowering new habits that bring positive changes to one’s daily life. […read more]

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LL Cool J reveals how cancer has touched him

ROLLINGOUT.COM — LL’s wife, Simone Smith, was diagnosed with chondrosarcoma, a rare bone cancer, in 2004, and had to undergo a 15-hour operation to have her right tibia removed and replaced with her left fibula, a steel rod, screws, nails and micro veins from her other leg, but when doctors explained the procedure, her now 51-year-old husband instantly offered to donate the bone from his own limb instead because he thought it would be “stronger.” […read more]

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Atlanta Voice

Discrimination against natural hair motivates Atlanta stylist to create hair care brand

ATLANTA VOICE — When Atlanta natural hair stylist Chimere Faulk heard about Chasity Jones’ discrimination case, and similar stories, it moved her to create her natural hair care brand Dr. Locs. African American hairstyles have been a huge topic of debate in corporate America for a long time. Not only have there been issues in the workplace, but also in schools and other places in society. […read more]

Joseph Webb, D.Sc., FACHE, CEO, Nashville General Hospital

OP-ED: From the Desk of Nashville General’s CEO

THE TENNESSEE TRIBUNE — Chronic Care Model, Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH), Population Health Management, Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Triple Aim, Malcolm Baldridge, 4DX.  If you’ve never heard of these terms, then more than likely, we have not had the pleasure of meeting to talk about the great things happening at Nashville General Hospital. […read more]

John Singleton was a featured speaker at the Rolling Out Innovation Digital Entertainment (RIDE) conference in 2017. (Photo credit: Steed Media Group)

John Singleton and 5 things Black men need to know to avoid a stroke

ROLLINGOUT.COM — Oscar-nominated director John Singleton remains hospitalized in intensive care after suffering a stroke, according to numerous media outlets. As such, the 51-year-old director has become part of an alarming health statistic, as Black men are twice as likely to suffer strokes than their White counterparts, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. […read more]

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Black Women’s Health Imperative Announces Strategic Partnership

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Our strategic partnerships with progressive and powerful organizations like the National Coalition of 100 Black Women are vital to achieving our mission because they provide the amplification needed to reach more Black women with life-saving information and resources,” said Linda Goler Blount, President & CEO, The Black Women’s Health Imperative. […read more]

Dozens of neighborhood residents attend a community conversation at Ascension St. Joseph about how to make their community healthier, one of four conversations hosted by Ascension Wisconsin in January.

Ascension St. Joseph Continues Work to Improve Health Equity

MILWAUKEE COURIER — New services and programs continue to be added at Ascension St. Joseph while Ascension Wisconsin continues to formulate a plan to improve the health of residents in the Sherman Park and West Burleigh Street neighborhoods. Over the last eight months, Ascension Wisconsin has been listening to local stakeholders through patient interviews, community conversations, a Community Health Needs Assessment and 161 interviews with individuals, as well as community organizations. […read more]

Charleston Chronicle

Barre3 Charleston Hosts Suicide Prevention Fundraiser in Downtown Charleston

CHARLESTON CHRONICLE — Barre3 Charleston announced this week an evening to raise money and awareness for suicide prevention and mental wellness. Thursday, April 18, the historic American Theatre and William Aiken House in downtown Charleston will host a night to move, sweat and breathe in honor of those lost to suicide and the loved ones they left behind. Attendees are encouraged to show up no matter what journey they have been on and to SPREAD LOVE and SUPPORT for one another […read more]

Seven people received certificates from the AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia “Pathways to Work” program on April 9. Here graduates, mentors and supervisors pose for the happy occasion. (Photo by George Kevin Jordan)

AmeriHealth Caritas D.C. Graduates Fifth Class in Workforce Readiness Program

THE AFRO — It was an emotional moment for many during the April 9 graduation ceremony of the AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia “Pathways to Work” program. Seven people received certificates showing they had finished the 12 week paid internship program, which provides training in hospitality and customer service skills in a classroom environment and then learning about healthcare while onsite at AmeriHealth Caritas. […read more]

Event Coordinator Veroniqca Kozel and her son Brody look at locations for a future fundraiser.

NICU mom uses pain to strengthen bond with women

CHICAGO CRUSADER — Veroniqca Kozel has encountered loss and heartbreak, but she has used that pain to motivate her in her position as event coordinator with Emma’s Footprints. Emma’s Footprints plans events and fundraisers for families who have babies in the neonatal intensive care unit or have experienced the loss of an infant. […read more]

Glenn Ellis

OP-ED: Unhealthy state of affairs regarding Black health

THE PHILADELPHIA TRIBUNE — There is no disagreement that African Americans have worse health outcomes across the board. Researchers, scientists, sociologists, and doctor all agree. Data and statistics reflect the dismal reality that if you are African American, you will be more likely to die at birth, die giving birth, grow up sicker, be diagnosed of a life-threatening illness later, and die sooner. […read more]

Glenn Ellis is a Research Bioethics Fellow at Harvard Medical School, and a health columnist and radio commentator who lectures, nationally and internationally on health-related topics
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African-Americans And Social Determinants Of Health: Is It Race? Or Is It Racism?

THE SEATTLE MEDIUM — Data and statistics reflect the dismal reality that if you are African-American, you will be more likely to die at birth, die giving birth, grow up sicker, be diagnosed of a life-threatening illness later, and die sooner. What is less known, and agreed upon, is the fact that the determining factors for all of these outcomes, is not because one is African-American, but because of what are known as social determinants of health. […read more]

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Vulnerable Seniors Remain at Risk, Waiting for State Legislators to Act

BLACK VOICE NEWS — On or about October 15, 2018, a patient with a chronic illness confined to the Legacy Post-Acute Rehabilitation facility in San Bernardino, was observed at about 8:30 am that morning with his/her feeding formula hung on a pole with tubing connected to the resident’s stomach through a feeding pump. The pump was beeping, and the screen indicated a “Hold Error,” i.e. the pump was set in the pause mode. […read more]

New York Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer has continued to call out President Donald Trump and his administration’s assault on the Affordable Care Act.
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Senator Schumer: Trump and Barr Threaten African American Gains Under Obamacare

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Schumer noted that African American gains under the health care legislation, commonly known as Obamacare, are threatened by Trump and Attorney General William Barr as the Justice Department has argued in federal court that the law is unconstitutional and should be struck down – “Not just vital insurance reforms like protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions, as they had first argued last year,” Schumer said. […read more]

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Local therapist launches free video course to address racialized trauma

MINNESOTA SPOKESMAN-RECORDER — Renown therapist Resmaa Menakem has just launched a free online series empowering individuals and communities to address and heal from race-based trauma. Studies continue to show that African Americans suffer more mental health problems than their White counterparts. And, much of the problems are attributed to racial microaggressions — from overt racial discrimination to over racism. […read more]

The Detroit Medical Center is a leading regional health care system with a mission of excellence in clinical care, research and medical education.
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PRESS ROOM: Detroit Medical Center and Meharry Medical College Expand Medical Student Training Affiliation

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “DMC’s focus on serving as a leading academic medical institution remains as strong as ever with training and education core to our mission,” said Anthony Tedeschi, M.D., DMC’s Chief Executive Officer. “We are committed to all of our academic partner relationships, and this expanded affiliation with Meharry provides even more medical students with an optimum learning environment. There are few other instructional settings with the type of patient diversity found at the Detroit Medical Center.” […read more]

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Hidradenitis suppurativa: hard to pronounce, hard to live with, and hard to treat

MINNESOTA SPOKESMAN-RECORDER — No one knows for sure what exactly causes HS. One theory is that HS is the result of an abnormality in hair follicles. HS tends to occur when hair follicles become blocked, leading to a clogged hair follicle. When the follicle is blocked, pressure builds up in the follicle, causing a rupture and leakage to the sides of the follicle, deep into the skin. The leakage produces a response by the immune system to the material in the skin. The immune response is in the form of inflammation. […read more]

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Dallas Post Tribune

DEAR DIETITAN: Cancer and Nutrition

DALLAS POST TRIBUNE — Conversely, there is a lot of misinformation on nutrition, especially when it comes to cancer.  Cancer patients are sometimes afraid and vulnerable, which may make them susceptible to quack nutrition.  Remember we live in a “let the buyer beware” society, and there is nothing in the First Amendment that requires free speech to include the truth. […read more]

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Charleston Chronicle

PRESS ROOM: New Study Identifies Potential Treatment For Higher Rate Of Preterm Birth Among African American Women

CHARLESTON CHRONICLE — It may be possible to lower the high risk of preterm birth among African American women with certain immune and bacterial factors in the microbiome of the cervix and vagina that appear to modulate this risk, according to new research published in Nature Communications. March of Dimes, the leading nonprofit for the health of moms and babies, sponsored research at their Prematurity Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine that helped lay the foundation for these recently reported findings.  […read more]

Lori Luck, the global medical director for Pfizer Rare Disease, joined Beverley Frances-Gibson, the president and CEO of the SCD Association of America; and Angie Snyder, a professor at Georgia State University, to discuss the latest in Sickle Cell Disease advocacy during Black Press Week in Washington, D.C.
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Pfizer, Sickle Cell Advocates Address Disease During Black Press Week

NNPA NEWSWIRE — People with rare diseases, like sickle cell disease, have unique and complex challenges and the Pfizer partnership provides an opportunity for NNPA to inform and educate readers of Black-owned newspapers in more than 70 markets across the country on sickle cell disease, which NNPA President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., said is an often misunderstood disease that has a profound impact on the health and well-being of those affected. […read more]


Aspirin’s Risks May Outweigh Benefits: Report

WASHINGTON INFORMER — Heart disease experts assert in a new report that taking a daily dose of aspirin to prevent heart attacks may not be as productive as previously believed. The report, from the American College of Cardiology, states that aspirin “should be used infrequently” for the purpose of preventing cardiovascular disease “because of lack of net benefit” for most adults. […read more]

A committed community can achieve food security so that all children have all the delicious, nutritious food they can eat. (Photo by: Guardian of Nigeria)
California Voice - San Francisco Bay View

Food insecurity increases in the Bayview

SAN FRANCISCO BAY VIEW — We all need access to healthy food. Food insecurity, not knowing where your next meal will come from, contributes to multiple risk factors: low birth weight babies and childhood learning difficulties; and hypertension, heart disease, diabetes and other chronic health conditions in adults. […read more]

Dr. Anisa Shomo is the Director of Family Medicine Scholars at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio and is a health columnist for the NNPA.
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African American Heart Health Is Vital

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Generally, heart disease is considered a man’s disease, but more Black and White women die of heart disease than all cancers combined. About 610,000 men and women die of heart disease each year and it accounts for 1 in 4 deaths in both genders. Coronary Heart Disease is the most common type and accounts for over half of these deaths. Coronary heart disease increases the risk for heart attacks and over 700,000 Americans have heart attacks each year. […read more]

Jeneea’s passion is enabling people to reach the best version of themselves! Her toolbox includes empathy for understanding your needs, encouragement to help achieve your goals and coaching to incrementally show you how to change your life for the better.
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COMMENTARY: Mirror, Mirror

NNPA NEWSWIRE — It’s hard to hold up that mirror and examine yourself. That painful, examination forced me to ask, and answer, hard questions. Letting existing research, my own research, and personal experience guide me, I found my weight loss path from 175 to 145 pounds from December 2015 to June 2016. Now, over age 40, I wake up with less pain. […read more]

African American men are twice as likely to die of prostate cancer than any other ethnic group. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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Major Prostate Cancer Research Targeting African Americans Set to Begin

NNPA NEWSWIRE — A national network of prostate cancer researchers and experts who have joined forces to study prostate cancer in African American men has received a $26 million grant as part of former Vice President Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Initiative to conduct the largest study ever to look at the underlying factors and reasons that put African American men at higher risk for developing and dying from prostate cancer. […read more]

Glenn Ellis is a Research Bioethics Fellow at Harvard Medical School, and a health columnist and radio commentator who lectures, nationally and internationally on health-related topics
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Doctors, Lawyers with Monetary Motives Cause Painful Decisions in Women’s Health Care

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “It has come to light that a collaboration involving some law firms, doctors, and finance companies are pressuring women into unnecessary surgeries to remove the [transvaginal] mesh. Giving new meaning to the term “insult to injury,” this phenomenon, according to the New York Times, is leading unsuspecting women to the operating table – even in cases when the removal could worsen the symptoms. […read more]

David Casey, the vice president of Workforce Strategies and Chief Diversity Officer at CVS Health
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CVS Officials Talk Project Health, Black Press at Rainbow Push Wall Street Conference

NNPA NEWSWIRE — David Casey, the vice president of Workforce Strategies and Chief Diversity Officer at CVS Health, joined other CVS Health representatives at Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Push 22nd Annual Wall Street Project Economic Summit in New York where, among other things, care providers demonstrated the company’s pop-up health screenings – known as Project Health. […read more]