Do you know that the increase consumption of fast foods by African Americans and the underserved is directly responsible for the significant raise of Obesity in the Black Community? This behavior will contribute to significant illness and premature death from diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
I am Dr.Thaddeus John Bell Closing the Gap in Health Disparities for African Americans and the Underserved.
The 6th district of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity has put a premium on health literacy addressing the health disparities in African Americans Men in our Fraternity. The Health Initiative Committee has a part of our district more than a decade. Recently published survey report the Health Initiative Seminars were recognized as part of the top 3 seminars attended by the Brothers at council meeting given 4 times a year.
We are making a difference among our Brothers and we appreciate the positive feedback.
I am Dr. Thaddeus John Bell Closing the Gap in Healthcare for African Americans and the Underserved.
Barbershop Health Education!
There's no place like the African American Barbershop. Today I visited my favorite Barbershop and of course ran into a diverse group of black men who immediately wanted to talk about "health eventualities ", the prostate. Of course Brothers have all kinds of ideas about the "prostate" which are down right ridiculous and amazingly funny.
Today I tried but could not do a lot of teaching because I laugh to hard and often. Young black men have all kinds of thoughts about the prostate. Older already know. WOW!
That's why I go to the Barbershop, it's keep me grounded.
I am Dr Thaddeus John Bell Closing the gap in health disparities for African Americans and underserved.
Most folk don't know that normal BP is 120/80 not 140 90 as it use to be. Discuss with your physician. I am Dr Thaddeus John Bell Closing the Gap in health disparities for AA and the underserved.
Thanksgiving and Family Health History Month.
Thanksgiving is a time we all get together with family and friends and enjoy their company. Thanksgiving is a perfect time to discuss health issues that run in the family. Diabetes, heart disease, cancer, mental illness to name just a few. Millenials be aware that you may have to work hard to get this information. Black folk are still very secretive about health issues. The old school generation (my generation) be aware that some millennials may not take your health advice seriously, feeling it can't happen to them.
The bottom line is early discovery and intervention can save lives. There is a good chance that a health style can make a difference. Tell your physician what you have found out. Doctors who are not culturally sensitive may not ask so tell them.
Happy founder day to all of the Brothers of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity around the world. We are 108 yrs old and I am blessed to say I have been a member of our great Fraternity for over 50 years. WOW. Blessed.
I am Dr.Thaddeus John Bell Closing the gap in health disparities for African Americans and underserved.