Category Archives: Health

To Fight the HIV Epidemic, We Need the Black Church

Dr. Marjorie Innocent – Black Churches are more than places of worship. They are the vibrant hearts of the African-American community that bring the Gospel into our lives, inspire faith, grace, love and mercy and foster a deep commitment to service. For centuries, Black Churches and faith leaders have been at the forefront of the… Read More »

‘We’re losing more people to the sweets than to the streets’: Why two black pastors are suing Coca-Cola

William Lamar, the senior pastor at D.C.’s historic Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, is tired of presiding over funerals for parishioners who died of heart disease, diabetes and stroke. So on Thursday, he and another prominent African American pastor filed suit against Coca-Cola and the American Beverage Association, claiming soda manufacturers knowingly deceived customers about… Read More »

How cutting-edge medical care becomes optional for African Americans

When a woman under age 45 is diagnosed with breast cancer, national guidelines recommend that she undergo genetic testing for cancer-predisposing mutations. With the test results, a younger breast cancer patient is better equipped to answer some of the difficult questions she confronts after a diagnosis. Should she undergo major, disfiguring surgery—a double mastectomy—to lower… Read More »

The Health Care System Is Leaving The Southern Black Belt Behind

Sitting outside of a Starbucks on the corner of a strip mall in Tuscaloosa late last year, Dr. Remona Peterson described her hometown of Thomaston, Alabama, population 400. “Everybody loves our grocery store. That’s, like, our pride,” she said with a laugh. She was in Tuscaloosa, Alabama’s fifth-largest city, finishing her medical residency when Dave’s… Read More »

New Healthcare Bill – the Wrong Choice for African Americans

Dr. Marjorie Innocent – In 1954, Thurgood Marshall and a team of NAACP attorneys argued the landmark civil rights case, Brown v. Board, before the Supreme Court. They demonstrated to the Justices that segregated schools violated the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause – that separate was and would always be unequal. Our representatives are on… Read More »

Minority Communities Need Better Health Care, Not Counterfeit Drugs

As a nation, we must continue to prioritize high-quality health care for every American, regardless of age, race, or socioeconomic status. This takes on an acute importance when we consider disease prevention and management in an era of high rates of chronic illnesses such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease. From the checkups we get… Read More »

Black Dem accuses Steve King of ‘white privilege’ in heated exchange

The chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus accused Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), who’s faced criticism in the past for racially charged comments, of bias stemming from “white privilege.” King was offering an amendment to legislation considered in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that speeds up the return of unaccompanied immigrant children to their home… Read More »