Our Mission

To decrease health disparities and increase the health literacy of African Americans and all underserved communities.

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We provide health tips to help you have a longer and healthier life.

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The Greater Charleston Lowcountry Jazz Festival is the primary source of funding for Closing the Gap in Health Care

Walking For Life

  I should not have to convince you that walking is good medicine for maintaining good health and improving longevity. Your doctor can observe how...

Growing Old Can Cause Depression

  Perhaps, you have never given much thought to this clinical challenge, but getting older can be a major cause of depression for some people. I am...

The D (Death) Word

  Several weeks ago, a friend asked me to talk with a friend of hers about dying. I have received some strange requests, but none comparable to this...

Wives Notice When Men Don’t

  It is often a challenge when the physician receives two versions of the medical history of a patient’s illness. The male version, in my...

A Funeral Reflection

  Several weeks ago, I attended the home going service for an older friend.  During a light hearted moment of the eulogy, the pastor stated “when...


Let’s Get Serious About Obesity, Part 6

  We know that obesity is a serious medical disease among African American women.  It is recognized as an epidemic throughout the United States and can be prevented if the causes are recognized early and measures taken to prevent it.  Obesity is not connected to...

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Let’s Get Serious About Obesity, Part 5

  Obesity is a major health issue, especially in our community and it appears to be getting worse.  Physicians are having difficulty dealing with obesity among black women because it is a sensitive subject.  As a result, many of them never receive the proper...

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Let’s Get Serious About Obesity, Part 4

  Obesity is a major foe of the heart.  It is apt to occur early among African American women and the medical community is seeing heart disease earlier and worse in these women.  The obesity epidemic is raging and early death and major disability will be seen in...

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Let’s Get Serious About Obesity, Part 3

  Recently, I saw a good friend who had lost a significant amount of weight at the urging of her personal physician.  She was amazed that many of her African American friends thought she was sick because of the weight loss.  This thinking is common in the African...

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Let’s Get Serious About Obesity, Part 2

  I hope you heard the health tip that addressed obesity as a major health issue among African American women.  Obesity is not associated with our cultural heritage. Many African American women become very upset when physicians talk to them about their weight. ...

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Let’s Get Serious About Obesity, Part 1

  I realize that I am taking a serious risk by addressing a subject that African American women do not want to hear.  It’s okay, because I have been doing this for years, trying to save lives. It is well documented that many African American women think that it...

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Closing the gap in health care works when more physicians join us in showing they understand and care about African American patients and underserved communities anywhere in the world.

If you are a doctor that cares about his patients, please let us know.


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