Africans United Against EBOLA Rally at State Capitol

SACRAMENTO – Calling it a “global affair,” a number of area organizations have united to stop the spread of Ebola in Africa. Africans United Against EBOLA (AUAE) has set a press conference and rally for Tuesday, September 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the West Steps of the State Capitol to raise awareness […]

Twin Rivers School District Hosts Health & Wellness Fair

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NORTH SACRAMENTO – Twin Rivers Unified School District (TRUSD), in partnership with local educators, is hosting a health and wellness fair on Thursday, September 18. This free event will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Grant Unified High School, West Campus Gym, located at 1221 South Avenue. The health and wellness fair is […]

Understanding Suicide in Black Communities

As the country observes National Suicide Prevention Week, an alarming pattern has developed in the African-American community that might be the reason that suicide rates among blacks are lower than any other group. (Courtesy of BET.com)

WASHGTON – Suicide claims about 40,000 lives every year in the United States, an alarming statistic that experts said should be of utmost concern to all Americans. Traditionally, African-Americans have felt that suicide wasn’t as much of a problem as it is in other communities. But, as the country observes National Suicide Prevention Week beginning Monday, […]

Adult Obesity Rates Increased in Six States, Report Finds

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WASHINGTON – Adult obesity rates increased in six states in the past year, and did not decrease in any, according to a report from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The report — The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America — found that significant geographic, income, racial, […]

CA Black Health Network Hosts 2014 Policy Conference

SACRAMENTO – A change is going to come and it starts with us. The California Black Health Network will host its 2014 Policy Conference on Thursday, September 11 with an emphasis on how Black community can heal itself by focusing on itself. The theme of this year’s Policy Conference is “Building Healthy Black Families from […]

Study: Racial Discrimination Fuels Obesity in Minority Communities

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NATIONWIDE – Exposure to racial discrimination may explain why members of some minority groups disproportionately suffer from obesity and being overweight, a new study purports. Led by Luis Rivera, an experimental social psychologist at Rutgers University-Newark, the study found that Blacks and Latinos are routinely subjected to negative stereotypes and pervasive messages that lower their […]

CLBC Tells Covered California: Outreach to Blacks? It lacks!

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SACRAMENTO — At the Aug. 21 meeting of the Covered California board of directors, Legislative Black Caucus members Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown (D-47) and Assemblyman Steven Bradford (D-62) aired deep concerns centered on a single, lingering frustration: the idea that Covered California is not doing enough to enroll African-Americans in affordable healthcare. With the second phase […]

Former U.S. Surgeon General to Speak in Sacramento

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SACRAMENTO – Considered pioneering and controversial, Joycelyn Elders left her mark in the public health arena.The former U.S. Surgeon General comes to Sacramento next month to share thoughts on issues of the day and her long career in health leadership. She’ll appear locally on Friday, September 5. The visit is part of the Moon Lecture […]

Blacks Suffer Because Shortage of Organ Donors

Photo: Everett Lee (right) with his wife and daughters in 2012. Lee’s leukemia has been in remission 12 years, thanks to a bone marrow transplant. Photo courtesy Everett Lee.

WASHINGTON – At the start of 2002, Everett Lee, 57 at the time, considered himself “healthier than all get out.” So when he found himself winded with the smallest tasks, he knew something was wrong. He scheduled a physical with his doctor as soon as possible, including blood work, EKG, and x-ray. “[My doctor] said, […]

Oak Park Farmers Market Hosts “The Care Fair”

OAK PARK – The Neighborhood Works Homeownership Center of Sacramento Region presents its first Care Fair at the Oak Park Farmers Market on Saturday, August 9. The Oak Park Market is held in McClatchy Park, 35th Street and 5th Avenue. The Care Fair is set to run from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. There will […]