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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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...


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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Prostate Cancer Can Take a Toll on a Relationship

  Prostate cancer is the second, most common cancer that African American men can experience in their lifetime.  The exact cause is not known, but risk factors are well documented and a major one is family history.  It is imperative for all black men to determine...

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Testicular Cancer

  Men do not often discuss this type of cancer which commonly occurs between the ages of 15 and 45.  It usually appears in the testicles as a painless lump or mass and requires immediate medical attention and evaluation.  Please do not wait until the mass becomes...

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The Prognosis of Cancer Is Not the Same for Everyone

  Most people immediately assume the worse and can become discouraged before receiving all the facts when diagnosed with cancer.  Family members often do not provide encouragement to those members who have been given a diagnosis.  I have been told by my patients...

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Too Many Medications

The manner in which medicine is practiced today can result in a patient taking too many medications.  This problem is often seen in patients who are sixty years or older, have chronic medical conditions, and have been seen by multiple physicians in the past.  Patients...

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Warning Signs African American Women Should Not Ignore

  Recently, a friend revealed that his wife experienced an acute, onset of symptoms which neither of them recognized as serious. They thought she should stay home to see if the symptoms would cease and she almost died from taking this approach. These are some...

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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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