Some folks's morning routine encompasses some variant of wash, rinse, and repeat. My morning routine is a bit different: Get up. Do devotion and pray my younger brothers don't get racially profiled by the police between the time I saw them last and the time I see them again. Look in the mirror and remind … Continue reading Stress and Public Health: Reflections a Week after Charlottesville.
Choose life and speak life - these are phrases I grew up hearing while growing up in the black church. Usually, they are used as euphemisms. However, there is a literal meaning we could glean from the specific phrase "choose life" in the context of our nation's healthcare crisis. The new healthcare bill is back … Continue reading In the Interim, Choose Life.
(Dedicated to the newest Choir of the World: the Oakwood University Aeolians. I am so proud of my HBCU Choir and what you all have accomplished!) During this past week, I got the fabulous news that my alma mater's premier choir, the Oakwood University Aeolians, won both the title of Choir of the World and … Continue reading A Balm in Gilead: What Music can do for African American Health.
I just wanna give a shout out this multimedia experience we have going on today! I mean come on - look at this slideshow. I'm done gushing over my handiwork now. Welcome back to our Can We Talk series on Organ Donation! Last week we did a basic 101 of organ donation - how … Continue reading Can We Talk: Organ Donation (Rumors and Truth)
Hey everyone - We are back with another Can We Talk series! *cues Tevin Campbell* This time the topic is organ donation. Organ donation can have a bit of a bad wrap - especially among people of color. And that means there is no better timing for some candid conversation about the topic. This will … Continue reading Can We Talk: Organ Donation (The Basics)
(A special thank you to Autumn Fiester - the professor who made sure we knew that healing physical ailments is just the first step. Compassion and empathy changes everything.) Get comfortable cause we are having story time. I was running to my Uber, trying to avoid an additional charge and my driver leaving me, when … Continue reading Compassionate Care: The Icing, Swagger, and Finesse.
True confession: I hate going to the dentist. I don't like the sounds of the tools, the toothpaste they use tastes gross, and God forbid if my sensitive teeth need a filling *insert scrunched up face emoji*. Mind you, I am totally grateful that I actually have dental insurance. But hey - some people don't like their vegetables. … Continue reading Why You Need a Health Accountability Partner.
Hi guys! So this is Part 2 in the Can We Talk series. In the first post, we talked about how to start a conversation with your family about family health. If you haven't checked out Part 1, read it here! This particular post will focus the actual meat of the conversation. Like I mentioned in … Continue reading Can We Talk: Family Health History – Part 2
I'm obsessed with 80s and 90s R&B. Give me some Mint Condition and New Edition and I am fully in my happy place. One of my singing-and-dancing-in-the-shower favorites is Can We Talk by Tevin Campbell. If you ever have the pleasure of seeing me (preferably not in the shower) when this song comes on, I'll probably … Continue reading Can We Talk: Family Health History – Part 1
Hi everyone! Welcome to The Neighborhood Bioethicist. If you aren't just reading out of sheer support for my hopes and dreams, I'm sure you are wondering 1) what is bioethics and 2) what is the point of this blog? Bioethics is literally what it says - the ethics of biology. It covers topics of autonomy, beneficence, … Continue reading Welcome to the Neighborhood Bioethicist!