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 […]

CA Black Health Network to Hold 2014 Policy Conference & Golf Tournament

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SACRAMENTO – African American babies are dying at twice the rate of babies of any other ethnicity. This is an epidemic in our state and in this country. It is important that we not just raise awareness about the issue but that we gather together the best minds in the state to change this paradigm […]

Community Meeting to Address TB Outbreak at Grant High School

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DEL PASO HEIGHTS — A community meeting to address the Tuberculosis outbreak at Grant High School will be at Joe Mims Jr. Hagginwood Community Center from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., on Thursday, July 24. Dr. Olivia Kasirye, Public Health Officer for Sacramento County, will attend, provide information, and answer questions for the public at the […]

Report Reveals Characteristics of Uninsured Minorities

Despite advances made by the Affordable Care Act, which requires that everyone in the United States obtain health insurance, African-American males and Latinos still represent the highest proportion of the uninsured population in the country. (Courtesy photo)

WASHINGTON – Randy Wheeling, Curtis Washington and Frankie Rossi each signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. For Wheeling, a cable technician who lives in Northeast, signing up meant that he could finally breathe easier when making appointments with a primary care physician. “The co-pay was $50, it’s now $20, and I […]

African American Women’s Health Legacy Program Hosts Annual R. Kelley Farm Tour & Picnic

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SACRAMENTO – A local organization is inviting members of the public to get on the bus–the destination, healthier living. The African American Women’s Health Legacy (AAWHL) Program hosts its Annual R. Kelley Farm Tour and Picnic on Saturday, August 2 and is now taking signups for those who want to participate. Join AAWHL from 10:00 […]

Feds: Covered California Failed to Verify of Information and Resolve Discrepancies

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SACRAMENTO — California’s marketplace for buying individual health insurance often failed to verify important personal information and resolve discrepancies in applications, a critical process in determining if people are eligible for taxpayer subsidies, a federal watchdog said Tuesday. Covered California did not resolve inconsistencies in data, failed to verify citizenship and legal residence, and entered […]

University of California Tackles Hunger, Nutrition

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BERKELEY — University of California President Janet Napolitano wants to leverage the state’s role in agriculture and research to tackle one of the world’s most pressing problems: food. The former Homeland Security secretary is unveiling an initiative Tuesday that she says will deepen the university’s commitment to eradicating hunger and improving nutrition at home and […]

California Expands Medi-Cal While Continuing Cuts

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SACRAMENTO – California has been praised for its early embrace of the federal health care expansion. But the new budget has raised questions about the state’s commitment to getting its poorest residents into doctors’ offices and dentists’ chairs. The spending plan signed Friday provides extra money for more low-income residents enrolling in Medi-Cal, the state’s […]