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How data and evidence can help us solve the problem of African American maternal mortality
April 18, 2019
I’m a doctor and a scientist.  When we’re looking to solve a problem, we’re a lot like detectives. We follow the evidence. ... read more »
Inglewood Doctors Talk About Sickle Cell During Minority Health Awareness Month
April 18, 2019
According to medical experts like Dr. Resa Caivano and Dr. Rebecca Deans of Kaiser Permanente’s Sickle Cell Center of Excellence in Inglewood, the majority of patients affected by sickle cell disease are African American, about 90%. It is important to debunk the myths surrounding the topic they said, and what better time to do it than during April, which is Minority Health Awareness Month. Bringing the subject to the forefront, they said, can keep people aware of what the disease is, how a person can know if they have it and what their treatment options are. ... read more »
Black Women and Trauma
April 18, 2019
Pow, pow, pow. Gunshots fill the air. Sounds of police cars and ambulances resound. The EMTs fight to keep him alive. His lifeless body sits on the stretcher. Another black man gone …in an instant. ... read more »
Top Music Exec, Noted Community Advocate and Leading California Hospital System to be Honored by Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
April 18, 2019
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) will host its seventh annual Legacy Leaders Spring Gala on Thursday, April 18, 2019, at 6 p.m. ... read more »
Key Panel Approves Bill that Addresses Maternal Mortality by Targeting Implicit Bias
April 12, 2019
As approved by the Senate Health Committee, the Dignity in Pregnancy and Childbirth Act, by Sen. Holly J. Mitchell, seeks to reduce pregnancy-related preventable deaths and associated health disparities by addressing implicit bias among perinatal health providers. ... read more »
Pfizer, Sickle Cell Advocates Address Disease During Black Press Week
April 4, 2019
The event features advocacy training and meetings with legislative champions and a collaboration of federal partners, as advocates attempt to raise awareness ... read more »
Pre-Teen Cystic Fibrosis Patient, An Inspiration to Others 
April 4, 2019
Encouragement comes in so many forms and eleven-year-old Christian Collins is one of them. His biggest goal in life, he said, is to inspire others; to make sure they know that anything is possible. It would be a venture in cliché’ except for the fact that Collins is one of 30,000 Americans who suffer from Cystic Fibrosis.   ... read more »
L.A. Sparks Launch Campaign to Aid Military Women
March 28, 2019
The Los Angeles Sparks partnered with the L.A.  County Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA), The L.A. County Department of Mental Health, and California Mental Health Services Authority to create the “Spark The True You” campaign, ... read more »
National Report Indicates Low Rate of Premature Death in LA County, But Challenges Remain
March 25, 2019
A new report on the health of counties across the nation has ranked Los Angeles County among the California health jurisdictions with the lowest rates of premature death. The County’s result also fared better that those of the other three most populous counties in the nation. ... read more »
L.A. County Set to Expand Ban on Smoking in Unincorporated Areas
March 22, 2019
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted today to expand prohibitions on smoking on county property and in and around bars and restaurants in unincorporated areas, also making clear that smoking includes e-cigarettes and cannabis. ... read more »
African Americans More Likely to Be Misdiagnosed with Schizophrenia, Rutgers Study Finds
March 22, 2019
The study, which appears in a recent issue of the journal Psychiatric Services, examined the medical records of 1,657 people at a community behavioral health clinic that included screening for major depression as part of its assessment for schizophrenia in new patients.   ... read more »
Coastal Commission Approves Sweeping New Environmental Justice Policy to Increase Coastal Protections for All Californians
March 22, 2019
The commission adopted the policy on Friday, March 8 at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles. Since 1999, California has passed a series bills advancing the concept of environmental justice, which emerged out of the civil rights movement. In recent years, the push to correct long-standing inequities that have disproportionately burdened lower-income communities of color has been increasing with a number of state agencies working to adopt similar policies. ... read more »
As a More Severe Flu Strain is Spreading, African Americans are Under-Vaccinated
March 22, 2019
According to the CDC, African Americans are a disparate population that receive low flu vaccinations, yet experience disproportionately higher rates of chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes and heart diseases, as well as extreme obesity. These conditions place them at higher risk for severe influenza complications. ... read more »
Major Prostate Cancer Research Targeting African Americans Set to Begin
March 21, 2019
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 »
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