Minister Tony Muhammad Calls on Black Elected Officials to Oppose Supporting SB 277

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SACRAMENTO (CBM) –  Minister Tony Muhammad, a Western Regional Representative of the Nation of Islam, decried Senate Bill 277 at a rally in front of the California state capitol on Tuesday. Muhammad said he spoke for Nation of Islam leader, Minister Louis Farrakhan, when he criticized the legislation commonly called the “School Vaccine Bill.” He […]

Vaccinations: Losing the Option to Opt Out

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(CBM) – Singer Chaka Khan’s sister, Tammy McCrary, believes there is a link between her 17-year-old son’s Autism and a Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR) shot a pediatrician gave him when he was a two-year-old toddler. Before agreeing, with reluctance, to the doctor’s recommendation for the multi-dose vaccine, McCrary says she preferred a holistic approach to […]

Prepping for Pregnancy to Avoid Complications

Overweight women and those suffering from hypertension have increased rates of pregnancy-related deaths. (Courtesy photo)

(NNPA) – Even before a woman decides to become pregnant, a thorough health assessment should be undertaken. This should determine how well she can manage a pregnancy as underlying health concerns may be negatively impacted or exacerbated by the work of growing a new life.  Dr. Caryl Mussenden, the Centers for Disease Control, and the […]

Black Infant Health Aims to Improve Health Among African American Mothers

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ARDEN-ARCADE — When Alexis Senegal, already four months pregnant, arrived in Sacramento three years ago from the Bay Area, she immediately sought out the Black Infant Health program (BIH). One month from making that call to inquire about the program, Ms. Senegal enrolled in BIH classes. From there, she and her unborn daughter at the […]

More and More Senior Citizens Maintaining an Active Sex Life

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(NNPA) – The month of May is designated “Older Americans” Month. This little-known designation is not new. Initially established by President John F. Kennedy in 1963, the month exists to highlight a variety of important is­sues for the United States’ older population. One such topic is sex. And for older Americans, more and more are […]

Report Reveals Fewer Minorities are Uninsured

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson applauds gains in health care coverage by African-Americans and Latinos. (Courtesy photo)

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Recent health care reports show declines in the uninsured rates for both African-Americans and other minorities nationally, while highlighting that Washington continues to be among cities where blacks and Latinos have benefited greatly from the Affordable Care Act. Among ethnic groups, Latinos and African-Americans saw the biggest declines in uninsured rates, with […]

Blacks Missing Out on ‘Obamacare’ Savings

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Even as health care costs continue to cause concerns for the poor, nearly 40 percent African Americans and about half of Whites didn’t know that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) can help those that need it the most to cover some of those costs. According to the new report by the Alliance […]

CHET HEWITT & WENDY PETKO: Frightening Local Black Child Death Rate

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OPINION -In 2009, the Sacramento County Child Death Review Team found that in Sacramento County African American children die at twice the rate of other children. Appropriately, this news was cause for considerable alarm. Perhaps even more disturbing was the recognition that a significant disparity in African American child death rates has persisted in Sacramento […]

RUDOLPH LONCKE: Courts could do more to save our children

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OPINION – As an African American judge, now retired, I bring the perspective of a member of the judiciary to the Steering Committee on the Reduction of African American Child Deaths (RAACD). Working within a system that has been afflicted with bias against African Americans and other minorities, it has been my life’s work to […]

ALICE BANKS: Education is the key to saving lives

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OPINION – I am a single parent, raising five children here in Del Paso Heights. As a registered nurse, I have worked in various capacities in Sacramento. In all of the areas that I have worked, I have taken care of children. I see the situation of poor, uneducated, stressed out, homeless individuals, trying to […]