Category Archives: Health

HBCUs, Community Colleges partner with Truth Initiative, CVS to tackle tobacco

Last month, Truth Initiative® and the CVS Health Foundation joined forces to work with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and community colleges students and administrators. Through a nation-wide campaign, the organizations advocate for, adopt and implement 100 percent smoke and tobacco free campus policies. “With 99 percent of smokers starting before age 27, college… Read More »

Addressing mental health in the black community

Mental illness does not discriminate. African Americans share the same mental health issues as the rest of the population. Yet, mental health remains a taboo topic of discussion within the black community. According to the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, African Americans are 20 percent more likely to experience serious mental health… Read More »

African-Americans, Vaccines and a History of Suspicion

A good parent is not sure what to believe. On one side, doctors tell us vaccinations are safe and necessary for our children. They’ve been in existence for hundreds of years, most people get them and they are credited with eradicating diseases and saving lives. On the other side are numerous horror stories involving vaccinated… Read More »

A Focus on Health to Resolve Urban Ills

On a crisp morning in the struggling Bay Area city of Richmond, Calif., Doria Robinson prepares a community vegetable garden for an onslaught of teenagers who will arrive that afternoon. Beyond the farm, a Chevron refinery pumps plumes of smoke into the atmosphere. The farm won’t remove the pollution, but Robinson believes it can make… Read More »

Opioid crisis points to racial divide

The circle of patients gathered for group therapy at a doctor’s family practice in McKenzie, Tennessee, could well represent the face of the state’s opioid epidemic. They were in a small city in a rural county, fertile ground for prescription drug addiction, though they traveled from as far as Nashville and Missouri. They were young… Read More »

Saving hearts, lives in African American community

Our heart is the engine that keeps our body running. That’s why problems with the heart—such as coronary artery disease, high blood pressure or heart failure—can significantly impact a person’s well-being, and, at worst, be life-threatening. During February, American Heart Month, we were able to shine a spotlight on heart disease, the leading cause of… Read More »