Covered California Offers Millions in No-Bid Contracts

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — California’s health insurance exchange has awarded $184 million in contracts without the competitive bidding and oversight that is standard practice across state government, including deals that sent millions of dollars to a firm whose employees have long-standing ties to the agency’s executive director. Covered California’s no-bid contracts were for a variety […]

Local Church Holds Prayer Vigil To Raise Awareness & Supplies for Ebola Victims

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SOUTH SARAMENTO – With the death of a Black man in Texas, the ebola crisis in West Africa has hit home. A local church is seeking to raise awareness and supplies for those impacted by the deadly disease. Antioch Progressive Baptist Church will unite with Save More Kids to host a Candlelight Prayer Vigil on […]

Free Mammograms During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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SACRAMENTO – In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Sutter Health’s diagnostic imaging centers across the Sacramento region are dedicating every Saturday in October for a very special occasion—free digital screening mammograms for uninsured women who are 40 years of age or older. “Early detection can lead to a longer, healthier life,” said Barbara […]

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 […]