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First Confirmed Case of Omicron Variant Detected in the United States

December 1, 2021 – The California and San Francisco Departments of Public Health have confirmed that a recent case of COVID-19 among an individual in California was caused by the Omicron variant (B.1.1.529). The individual was a traveler who returned from South Africa on November 22, 2021. The individual had mild symptoms that are improving, is self-quarantining and has been since testing positive. All close contacts have been contacted and have tested negative. Genomic sequencing was conducted at the University of California, San Francisco and the sequence was confirmed at…

Walmart, Elton John AIDS Foundation, Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition, AIDS Healthcare Foundation Host HIV Testing Events on World AIDS Day, Dec. 1

Walmart and the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) are united in a mission to increase access to HIV testing and resources, and are committed to working towards a future free from AIDS. To honor World AIDS Day, Walmart and EJAF are working together, along with the Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition and AIDS Healthcare Foundation, to offer free HIV testing, education materials, and community resources on Dec. 1 during four concurrent parking lot testing events at Walmart locations in Atlanta. The events will focus on expanding access to testing in local…

CDC Statement on B.1.1.529 (COVID Omicron Variant)

November 26, 2021 – On November 26, 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified a new variant, B.1.1.529, as a Variant of Concern and has named it Omicron. No cases of this variant have been identified in the U.S. to date. CDC is following the details of this new variant, first reported to the WHO by South Africa. We are grateful to the South African government and its scientists who have openly communicated with the global scientific community and continue to share information about this variant with the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services and CDC. We are working with other U.S. and…

1K Women Strong Receives Funding to Build Year-Round Organizing in Key States Before Elections From Bridge Together

October 19, 2021 – 1K Women Strong recently received a grant from Bridge Together, a fund supported by American Bridge 21st Century to continue year round organizing and civic engagement aimed at Black women in pre-identified key political states going to the 2021 midterm and 2022 elections. The new fund, called Bridge Together, has been created to support grassroots organizations in Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Nevada. It will be spearheaded by the group’s co-chair  Gov. Deval Patrick. He served as the Governor of Massachusetts from 2007 –…

Martin Luther King Jr. Drive (MLK) Merchants Association Clean-Up Day – Working Together to Rebuild and Rebrand the Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Corridor

Members of the Martin Luther King Jr. Drive (MLK) Merchants Association met at Johnny M’s Pizza Bistro Bar and Grill on the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard to participate in neighborhood clean-up. Johnny M’s Pizza Bistro Bar and Grill is owned and operated by Atlanta businessman and philanthropist Johnny Mims who is also the current president of the merchants’ association. The mission of the Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Merchants Association includes providing professional business building guidance to the members, creating employment opportunities…

Attorney Gives Alternative Counsel Through Spiritual Advice Releases New Book

Atlanta-based attorney Misty Oaks Paxton, owner of The Oaks Firm, recently released her first book “Focus: Redirect the magnifying glass of your life to live the life of your dreams.” The book highlights 20 specific areas that will help people move forward in the direction that will yield the best results. “We are a society that does not practice focus, instead we practice distraction,” Paxton said. From the time we open our eyes in the morning to the time we close them at night, we are inundated with countless events,…

Atlanta Launches Innovative Program to Assist the Homeless

This program is Georgia’s first-ever initiative to re-house individuals still using drugs/alcohol The innovative program provides wraparound services for the homeless: medical/pharma, mental health, substance use and other services January 2022 Aniz will be providing medical insurance for members currently on PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) Aniz, Inc., Atlanta Georgia has signed an agreement with Partners for Home (hereafter “PFH”) to provide re-engagement and intervention services to the Atlanta homeless population. The re-engagement component of the program includes job readiness training and linkage to qualifying housing. The intervention component involves mental health…

Schools Struggle with Reopening Amid Pandemic Surge

Local officials test an array of approaches that offer hope for safe re-openings. By Hazel Trice Edney / Trice Edney News Wire (TriceEdneyWire.com) – With coronavirus cases rising across the U.S. as a result of the highly contagious Delta variant, school districts nationwide are moving quickly to implement public-health precautions in preparation for fall re-openings. The scramble to put these precautions in place reflects the intense pressures that school districts around the country are under to reopen amid growing concerns that many students have struggled to keep up academically during…

Atlanta NAACP Panelists: Keep Masks On, Warns African-American COVID Doctors, Scientists, Health Experts

NAACP Town Hall Panelists say… Keep Masks On, Warns African-American COVID Doctors, Scientists, Health Experts On Saturday, May 8th, the Atlanta branch of the NAACP brought together some heavyweight African-American scientists and physicians for a virtual town hall meeting on the corona virus and the vaccines currently on the marketplace. “This is not a pro-vaccine or anti-vaccine conversation,” emphasized Charise Jefferson, an Atlanta-based political strategist and founding member of the John Lewis Coalition for Democracy. “This is a Black conversation for Black people with Black scientists (and doctors). There is…

Join the Healthy Community Golf Tournament on June 14 – Benefiting the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc.

Healthy Community Charity Golf Tournament / Fundraiser Albany, Georgia – Monday June 14, 2021, 9:00 am The AME Church, Sixth Episcopal District, Sons of Allen Men’s Ministry, Women’s Missionary Society along with the SWGA Sickle Cell Awareness will host a charity golf tournament at Stonebridge Golf & Country Club in Albany, Georgia on Monday, June 14, 2021 at 9:00 am to benefit the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia’s 50th Anniversary Celebration. “We’re inviting all church members, friends, supporters, foursome teams, duffers, single-golfers and those seeking bragging-rights to come out and…

DPH and CORE Honored by Latin American Association For COVID Vaccine Collaboration

Atlanta, Georgia – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE) have been honored by the Latin American Association (LAA) with the Pacesetter Award for their work in providing COVID vaccinations to Latinx communities in Georgia. DPH has partnered with CORE and LAA to host vaccination events that bring vaccine to people in communities where they live and work. Through this collaboration, we are able to provide education about COVID vaccine and answer questions or dispel misinformation that leads to vaccine hesitancy. “The collaboration between…

ModivCare Partners with InspirEDU to Support Distance Learning for Children and Families

Atlanta, GA – ModivCare Inc. (“ModivCare” or the “Company”), a technology-enabled healthcare services company that provides a suite of integrated supportive care solutions focused on improving patient outcomes, has provided InspirEDU, an education nonprofit providing technology devices and training to marginalized youth, with a $1,500 donation to support distance learning due to COVID-19. According to Richard Hicks, CEO of InspirEDU, “As COVID-19 has upended education, it has highlighted the urgent need for home learning centers for high-need students and families in Greater Atlanta. As schools have shifted to distance learning,…

PSA TV Ad with Dr. Henry Louis “Skip” Gates, Jr.

PSA TV Ad with Dr. Henry Louis “Skip” Gates, Jr., Courtesy of Creative Marketing Resources (CMR), an agency with is working with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on its COVID-19 Public Education Program.

Making History at St. Jude: Dr. Rudolph Jackson

When St. Jude opened in 1962, Danny Thomas vowed the hospital would treat patients regardless of race, religion or ability to pay. Dr. Rudolph Jackson was one of the first Black doctors at St. Jude. While he was finishing his training in Philadelphia, Dr. Rudolph Jackson fielded an offer to move 1,000 miles and begin practicing at a fledgling, low-paying hospital in the South where he would be one of the first Black physicians. Suffice it to say he had some reservations. First off, the job was in Memphis. The…

COVID-19 Vaccinations Available At Walmart Locations!

COVID-19 Vaccinations Available At Walmart Locations! Must be 65 and older. Hello everyone! As of recently these efforts are now being organized DIRECTLY by Walmart and they have asked us to have you contact them directly at: 404.361.6811 or visit Walmart.com/COVIDVaccine for more information. They are standing by to assist. We respectfully request that you contact them moving forward as it pertains to any questions you might have. As always we appreciate you standing with and for Hosea Helps. Thank you. Vaccines are being offered at the following locations: Walmart…

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