Endowment To Help ‘Sons And Brothers’ Of Color


SACRAMENTO – In the wake of grim statistics and reports highlighting disparate outcomes for young African-American men, and an attorney general’s report underscoring the link between elementary school truancy and crime, the California Endowment announced it will commit $50 million over the next seven years to help improve the health and educational outcomes for young […]

Insurance Providers Assist Californians With Gaining Access To Affordable Health Care

Amber Lidskin, an insurance agent who work for Kuhtz Diehl Insurance and Financial Services, has been holding mini-seminars around Sacramento to educate people about the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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SACRAMENTO — One of the most regrettable things insurance agent Amber Lidskin has had to do will soon become a thing of the past and she’s happy about it. When Ms. Lidskin — an agent for Kuhtz Diel Insurance and Financial Services — would sit down with potential clients to discuss health care insurance packages, […]

Poll: Many Calif. Voters in Dark on ‘Obamacare’

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LOS ANGELES — A new Field Poll says many Californians are only vaguely familiar with details of President Barack Obama’s health care reforms, even though enrollment starts in October. The survey released Tuesday finds that about one in four state voters knows little or nothing about the Affordable Care Act. Another 60 percent say they […]

Black Men Most at Risk for Prostate Cancer


PITTSBURG – Men, let’s talk about prostate health. Do you find yourself going to the bathroom more than once during the night regularly? Have you discovered that your urine flow has weakened or is intermittent? Have you noticed blood in your urine or semen? If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, it […]

Why Are You Always Tired?


CHICAGO – Are you always asking “Why am I so tired?” Are you having trouble staying awake during watching your evening TV shows? Most of us know what it’s like to be tired, especially when we have a cold, flu, or some other viral infection. But when you suffer from a constant lack of energy […]

ANTHONY RAYMAN: Stress, The Silent Killer


OPINION – It has been estimated that 90-95 percent of all diseases originate from stress. Let’s examine this: the number one cause of death in the United States is heart disease. Do you know what virus, germ, or bug causes heart disease? That’s kind of a loaded question because there isn’t an answer. Heart disease […]

Patients & Medical Students Work Together to Save Lives in Sacramento’s Black Community

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SACRAMENTO – Yes2Kollege Education Resources, Inc.’s African American Women’s Health Legacy (AAWHL) Program is proud to announce it’s partnership with the UC Davis School of Medicine’s Office of Student and Resident Diversity, in a three part series of workshops and medical clinic, beginning this evening at the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services, 3333 Third […]

SANDRA POOLE: ‘Mom! I don’t need to see a counselor! I AM NOT CRAZY!!!!’


OPINION – A young African American woman exhibiting symptoms of depression after a physical assault uttered these words when her mother suggested that she seek professional help. Way too often, the stigma associated with seeking mental health treatment is a significant barrier to obtaining necessary services. About 25 percent of adults in the United States […]

BRYAN WASHINGTON: Finding A Few Minutes For Fitness


OPINION – Since I was a child, I have been passionate about sports and fitness — growing up in a house full of athletes will do that to you. Like most kids, I participated in team sports year-round at an early age. By the time I was in high school, I was playing something somewhere […]

ROBERT PHILLIPS: Investing in a Healthier Sacramento


OPINION – African Americans, along with other communities of color in Sacramento, experience poorer health from birth to death, as seen in higher infant mortality, higher rates of disease and disability, and shortened life expectancy relative to state and national averages. These health inequities take an enormous human and economic toll on the African American […]