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The mission of Closing the Gap in Health Care, Inc. (CGHC, Inc.) is to decrease health disparities by providing information to under-served populations.

Closing the Gap in Healthcare

Closing the Gap in Healthcare

11 hours 37 minutes ago

C'mon Man, take care of yourself so you can be around for your family and friends. It is no longer cool to say you have never seen a physician. C'mon Man. (My oldest grandson KT Snipe, 10 years old, in Hamilton Park, had to take him somewhere to burn all of that energy. So blessed that he will have known his Grandfather) C'mom Man this is special.

Closing the Gap in Healthcare

Closing the Gap in Healthcare

17 hours 22 minutes ago

The ER Visit !
The emergency room(ER) is not set up for non emergency medical problems yet many African Americans patients use the ER for routine medical problems. This use is not appropriate because of time, cost, and the kind of care that is given. The ER is set up for life saving medical issues.
An Urgent Care center maybe better equipped for your non emergency problem.
Finally, take the time to find out from the physician what the diagnosis was that you were treated so you can have an informative discussion with your Primary Care physician. I am finding that patients leave the ER without a working knowledge of the discharge diagnosis.
I am Dr. Thaddeus John Bell Closing the gap in health disparities for African Americans and the underserved.

Closing the Gap in Healthcare

6 days 10 hours ago

Have we gone crazy over Popeye's Chicken Sandwich, really black people.
Well, I have seen it all. Black folk(some white people too) have gone crazy over Popeye's chicken sandwich. Already someone has been killed over a chicken sandwich. A lady wrecked her car trying to get a Popeye's chicken sandwich. People are waiting in line for hours trying to get a Popeye's chicken sandwich. The other day I heard a Sermon where the Pastor mentioned how black people were going insane over a chicken sandwich. It has created more excitment than anything I have heard about in the Black Community this year. Come on man, have we gone crazy. Lots of fried chicken "ain't" good for you anyway.
I also heard where Krispy Kreme is going to sell a donut chicken sandwich. People's sugar and cholesterol is going to spiral out of control.
Get ready for more heart attacks, diabetic comas and Stroke.
Finally, who sells more chicken than Chick-fil-A and they have never run out. Come on people, use all that energy to stay healthy.
I am Dr Thaddeus John Bell Closing the gap in health disparities for African Americans and the underserved.

Closing the Gap in Healthcare

6 days 20 hours ago

Today I saw a homeless patient.
It is humbling to be exposed to the realities of medicine. It has been a while. I had almost forgotten about these patients and the challenges they bring to medicine and a caring society. Homelessness is on our doorstep. It is widespread in our community.
So many social determinants of health that causes our fellow Brothers and Sisters to be victimized. As a physician you do what you can but that often is not nearly enough. Our Community needs to do more. Mercy!

Lack of trust a major a major issue for Black Men
South Carolina's Black men have more Lung, Prostate, Colorectal, Pancreatic and Stomach cancer than white males and females as well as Black women. DEHC and the South Carolina Cancer Alliance is reporting that these cancers as well as 10 others are on the list.
It is important that all of the stakeholders in health care are aware of this fact.
The report documents that lack of trust that many African American men have toward medicine is one of the major socioeconomic determinants that has contributed to this very alarming dilemma.
Memories of the Tuskegee experiments, just to name one, are alive and well in psych of African Americans men.
I am encouraging African American men to find a physician that they can have a meaningful relationship. Then take the recommendations that they make regarding cancer prevention, surviance, and treatment.
Finally I understand that trust has been contributory, now the medical profession is acknowledgeing it as well.
I am Dr. Thaddeus John Bell Closing the gap in health disparities for African Americans and the underserved.

Closing the Gap in Healthcare

Closing the Gap in Healthcare

1 week 2 days ago

Blood is thicker than water (LGBTQ).
Recently one of the medical journals that I read monthly, featured an article on how physicians should approach patients who are in the LGBTQ community. I read this article with great interest. This topic is a hot issue in our profession. Most physicians are not trained to deal with this new population
and our training needs to be more inclusive. 0ne to 3% of the population is a part of this community. Many young people are struggling with sexual identity issues and are still "in the closet".
I will not bore you with the details of the medical aspects regarding the LGBTQ community. However my personal observation has been, attitudes indeed change when people have family members who they love who have chosen LGBTQ life style.
Unfortunately, I have seen marriages nearly break up, people developing medical problems all because they felt they did something wrong with raising their child. I have to explain upbringing has nothing to do with it.
For the most part why some people what to be different from their born sex is not fully understood to date. No gene has been identified as responsible the transgender lifestyle. Nevertheless people who choose the LGBTQ lifestyle are People and should be treated no differently from any other person.
We know that LGBTQ patients have special needs regarding health care (mental health issues, victims of bullying and aggressive sexual precautions). When these patients come out those needs should be aggressively dealt with on a continuing basis.
Physicians are not going to always get it right in the beginning but Compassionate Care is the gold standard for all patients.
Attitudes change when you have a family member or close friend in the LGBTQ Community
I am Dr.Thaddeus John Bell Closing the gap in health disparities for African Americans and the underserved.

Closing the Gap in Healthcare

Closing the Gap in Healthcare

3 weeks 1 day ago

It is well documented that members of the LGBTQ Community will experience significant health issues because of the discrimination and unequal treatment they historical have received and continue to experience. In many respects their care has been similar to the unequal care of African-Americans.
Family members should be aware that the young African-American LGBTQ patients are likely to experience bullying and depression resulting in early suicide.
These patients also often experience and engage in risky sexual behavior so encourage them to be screen for HIV and Hepatitis.
Members of the LGBTQ Community should be supported and treated with dignity, respect and support.
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3 weeks 1 day ago

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3 weeks 2 days ago

I just saw Michael Jordan on NBC this morning. The Brother looks healthy, took the flu shot at his new health Center for the underserved and has a new image, which is all good. He has come full circle in total maturity. The ultimate athlete, business man Personified, philanthropist and new grandfather.
I am happy for him.

Closing the Gap in Healthcare

Closing the Gap in Healthcare

3 weeks 2 days ago

Yesterday I participated in a conference on Racism and Medicine in Raleigh, NC.
I am still only a student of the subject, but I have witnessed and experienced the effects of Racism in medicine for 43 years.
The conference was sponsored by Brother Melvin Mitchell, Chairman of the Fatherhood Initiative of the 6th district of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
Deborah Stroman PhD, a fellow participant.
Pastor Asa L. Bell was the moderator of the session. They were outstanding in their contributions.
It is no question that Racism as we have known it historically continues to have a major impact on the health of African Americans and the underserved. It is one of several major contributors of poor health as the social determinants of health.
Medical research now documents long term Racism affects the genes negatively and causes them to express an inflammatory response that contributes to many of the chronic illness that African Americans and the underserved experience. Thus we have more cancer, heart disease and mental illness in the Black Community.
An awesome experience.

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