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African American Health Program Community Day 2014 — Free Event in Maryland

17 Apr
Register for this FREE Health Fair:  http://bit.ly/1qPhdIS 
Please join the African American Health Program on Saturday, April 19 for AAHP Community Day 2014! In honor of National Minority Health Month, this event will inform, educate, and empower African Americans and people of African descent to address health issues impacting their lives, their families, and their communities through the following activities:
  • Interactive Resource Fair and Information Booths
  • Onsite Health Screening (blood pressure, HIV testing, diabetes, cholesterol, vision, BMI)
  • Live Cooking Demonstrations
  • Energizing Group Fitness Activities
  • Men’s Health and Wellness Walk
  • Science Demonstrations for Youth
Kick off the morning of the AAHP Community Day with Kendis Gibson, Weekend Anchor, ABC7/WJLA-TV for our Men’s Health and Wellness Walk (All males young and old).  Meet at Jesup Blair Park, located at 900 Jesup Blair Dr., Georgia Ave. & D.C. Line, Silver Spring, MD 20912 (near Montgomery College, Georgia Avenue entrance). Registration for the Men’s Health and Wellness Walk begins at 8:00 AM and the walk starts at 9:00 AM.

Internationally and Nationally Recognized Speakers!

  • KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Griffin Rodgers, Director, NIH, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
  • African American Health Program: (Dr. Abimbola Idowu; Heather Ross)
  • Dr. Marilyn Gaston and Dr. Gayle Porter, The Gaston & Porter Health Improvement Center
  • Tracye McQuirter, Author, International lecturer, and Public Health Expert
  • Mr. Niiobli Armah, NAACP, National Health Manager
  • Dr. John L. Ferrell III, Family Medicine, Team Physician for DC United
  • Dr. Jawara Keith Hunter, Anesthesiologist, Men’s Health
  • Dr. Tiffany Powell-Wiley, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, NIH

Our Partners
  • Montgomery College
  • Montgomery County (MD) Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
  • Capital Digestive Care
  • Montgomery County Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. 
  • Dr. Khalfani Walker, Elite Dental Services
  • Xi Sigma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated
  • Montgomery County Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
  • The Kaiser Permanente African American Professionals Association
  • Montgomery County NAACP Youth Council
  • Montgomery County Chapter of NAACP
  • Black Ministers Conference of Montgomery County, Maryland

HIGHLIGHTED STORIES: US Department of Health & Human Services Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

7 Apr

The US Department of Health and Human Services joins in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In the upcoming weeks, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), in partnership with the Office of Minority Health, will jointly host activities to both promote health equity and honor courageous individuals and momentous events that continue to define the civil rights movement today.

To commemorate the historic buildup to the signing of the Civil  Rights Act of 1964, we hope you will enjoy and share this
month’s copy of our special newsletter.:http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/office/news/ocrnewsletter_march201

You can also find a copy of the newsletter on OCR’s website at http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/office/index.html

HIGHLIGHTED STORIES: Black Health Rx: Finding A Cure For America’s Health Disparities

30 Jul

Social determinants of health lead to complex health disparities that cost our country around $1.24 trillion every year. Many black communities are faced with high levels of poverty, unemployment, and unhealthy food options: if one is born into a circumstance that provides less-than-optimal access to basics like healthy, fresh food; safe areas to exercise; and accessible medical care, it stands to reason that one’s health will suffer in the long run.

Read more here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/23/black-health_n_3633248.html


Focusing on Minority Health Research

21 Jun

ImageEvery student has to grapple with deciding upon a suitable, interesting, and relevant Capstone project, thesis, or dissertation. The most common advice that many receive when facing this dilemma, is that they select a topic that they are most passionate about, and one that they already have a certain degree of knowledge about. For many minority, or “marginalized majority” students, the outcome is that they often choose topics that are focused on their own particular racial and/or ethnic group; and this is occasionally met with disdain or disapproval. Nevertheless, focused research, and the supportive efforts of organizations such as the Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues (SAAPHI), which looks at populations of African descent, including African American, African, Afro-Latino, and Afro-Caribbean; are indeed important and necessary.

Students and even early career professionals involved in research simply need to ask themselves, “If I don’t conduct the needed research, who will?” Meaning, if members of these minority groups do not take an interest in topics that greatly and disproportionately affect their racial/ethnic group, then it is highly unlikely that these groups will not be represented in the collected data and research process as a whole. In other words, without their focused lens of analysis, these populations would lack adequate representation, and the inequities and disparities that plague them would go unidentified and even more importantly unaddressed. Analysis carried out by researchers who are also members of the “subject” population serves as a means to draw attention to the needs of these sub-populations, and in terms of public health, helps to ensure that these community members are given a voice.

In addition, another benefit is that these researchers are peer experts, who understand the cultural and social norms of these respective minority groups, and who may be able to better to successfully bridge the gap of mistrust of the medical and health establishment; that these sub-populations harbor. Overall, students should not feel as if their work is diminished if they choose to focus on minority groups that they are members of and are familiar with. Their basic level of knowledge about these communities will actually serve as a benefit.

Cherise Charleswell, MPH

SAAPHI Governing Board

Introduction To The Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues (SAAPHI) Scientific Committee

24 May

The primary function of the SAAPHI Scientific Committee is to organize the annual SAAPHI Scientific Symposium at the annual pre-conference meeting.  However in 2012, we expanded our focus to promote research dissemination and translation related to African American health issues.  As such, we established new goals for our committee.  One of these goals was to establish a quarterly webinar series showcasing expert researchers addressing African American health issues.

Thus far, we have hosted two webinars.  The first webinar was the 1st Inaugural Black History Month Webinar held on February 27, 2013 with guest speaker Dr. Stephen B. Thomas. The title of the webinar was “Less Talk More Action: Accelerating Innovative Strategies to Eliminate Health Disparities”.  Dr. Thomas is the Director of the Maryland Center for Health Equity at the University of Maryland, School of Public Health.  Dr. Thomas is an internationally recognized, African American leader in minority health research and community engagement, with a particular focus on the legacy of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study and other factors influencing minority participation in research.  In his talk, Dr. Thomas provided definitions of health disparities, health equity, and described a framework for reducing health disparities to facilitate the achievement of health equity.  Dr. Thomas described some innovative methods in pursuit of health equity such as the Healthy Black Family Project:  A Community-Based Demonstration Project Designed for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, and the Health Advocates In-Reach and Research (HAIR).  Notable articles written by Dr. Thomas and colleagues on these topics include “Toward a Fourth Generation of Disparities Research to Achieve Health Equity” and “African American barbershops and beauty salons: An innovative approach to reducing health disparities through community building and health education”.

Our second webinar, the National Minority Month Webinar was held on April 10, 2013 featuring Dr. Lisa Bowleg.  Dr. Bowleg is an Associate Professor of Applied Social Psychology Program at George Washington University and is well known for her body of work on the effects of individual-level and social-structural factors (e.g., unemployment, incarceration, racial discrimination) and resilience on Black men’s HIV sexual risk and protective behaviors.  The title of the webinar was “Intersectionality: Theoretical Origins, Methodological Evolutions, and Implications for African American Public Health”.  In her presentation Dr. Bowleg provided a historical context for and highlighted some core tenets of intersectionality.  She also discussed the importance of intersectionality in African American public health and described some of the methodologic challenges with the use of intersectionality in research.

We are working diligently on our last two webinars for this year which will take place in the fall.  We are going to address a topic which has been repeatedly suggested as a topic of interest by our membership, Critical Race Theory.  Stay tuned.

Grant Writing Session

3 May

By: Denise A. Smith, MPH

Each year between the months of January through March, governmental agencies and organizations post grant funding announcements for those seeking programmatic funding within the public health sector. In order for public health organizations to thrive, grant monies are vital to the sustainability of the organization and its ability to serve individual, community and population health initiatives. We find that state, local and non-governmental organizations all seek the same funding sources.

What can we do differently to make sure our underserved and minority communities get the funding needed? Are we looking in the right places?

Everyone relies on grants.gov to find funding, but few look to big businesses such as Wal-Mart, Pepsi Cola, Coca-Cola, Frito-Lay and other companies for resources. These companies are in our backyards promoting their products and many are mandated to donate money to various causes. We need to tap into these resources for funding, as well as sponsorship and donations in order to achieve our collective goals.

Listed are various links that can assist with finding resources for organizations that serve minority and underserved communities.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: http://www.grants.gov

The Office of Minority Health: http://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/templates/browse.aspx?lvl=2&lvlID=2

Coca-Cola: http://www.coca-colacompany.com/our-company/community-requests-guidelines-application

PepsiCo: http://www.pepsicenter.com/kse/company/sponsorship-opportunities/ or contact your local bottling company with a letter of intent

Target: http://pressroom.target.com/faq/sponsorship

Walgreens: http://www.walgreens.com/marketing/about/community/guidelines.jsp

Wal-Mart Supermarket: http://foundation.walmart.com/