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Atlanta’s CINQCARE for Moms Celebrating Black Maternal Health Week

By Mary Green It’s Black Maternal Health Week, a moment where we pause again to assess where we are as a community in solving the health crisis Black moms face. Despite myriad technological and medical advancements, mortality rates for Black expectant mothers and premature birthrates for Black babies remain at an all-time high. According to the Center for Disease Control, Black women are three times more likely to die from pregnancy complications than their white colleagues. “The disparity between Black and White mothers has been increasing instead of declining,” says…

Time for Georgia To Repeal Hospital Certificate of Need Laws By Hassan Tyler

By Hassan Tyler Georgia — along with more than 30 other states — requires any entity that wishes to open a new medical facility or expand an existing one to demonstrate that there is a bona fide need for the services to be provided by the facility in its area. If the government deems it as unnecessary it can deny it an operating license. These laws are called Certificate of Need (CON) laws. In effect, such laws give established medical providers the unique power to challenge investments by would-be competitors…

Put Solutions First to Address Racial Disparities in Youth Mental Health

By Constance “Connie” Garner Today’s youth are navigating a mental health crisis, worsened by a decade filled with unprecedented challenges, including the global pandemic, the shift to remote schooling and the pressures of social media. Black youth are disproportionately affected by these challenges as they face racism and discrimination, too — two significant factors of social determinants of health that contribute to chronic stress and, consequently, poorer health outcomes in BIPOC communities. Suicide rates among Black youth are higher than compared to their white peers, highlighting the urgency of this…

‘Porgy & Bess in New York – The Sequel’ – A New Novel

What happens when Porgy sets off for New York to rescue Bess from his arch-enemy Sportin’ Life? If you have ever wondered, this sequel is the book for you. Our story tells how Porgy, a crippled Black beggar in Charleston’s Catfish Row, learns that the love of his life, Bess, has been drugged and taken to New York by Sportin’ Life. Porgy is determined to rescue her, and must overcome immense obstacles to get to New York to find her. In her cocaine haze, Bess yearns for Porgy but feels…

Katherine Johnson and John Glenn – A Dynamic Duo Forever Linked in History – February 20, 1962

Washington, DC – February 18, 2024 – “Get the girl to check the numbers.” If she says the numbers are good, astronaut John Glenn told them, I’m ready to go! This year, February 20, 2024, marks the 62nd Anniversary when America became the first nation to launch a human being to orbit the Earth, not only once, but three times! The “girl” John Glenn was referring to was Katherine Johnson, the brilliant African American mathematician, NASA Legend, and Woman of the 20th Century! John Glenn put his life in the…

My Black Doctors Directory: A New Tool to Combat Inequity in Healthcare

Alzheimer’s Association partners with My Black Doctor Directory to spread awareness as Black Americans are disproportionately affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementia. February 8, 2024, Atlanta, GA – The Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter is proud to announce a new partnership with My Black Doctor Directory. Health equity means assuring everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. Unfortunately in Atlanta and other cities, both large and small, health inequity persists and costs lives. To help address this inequity, we have developed a web-based directory of…

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