Once upon a time there was a country where the people were very concerned about their healthcare. They were understandably concerned - you see, to get a kidney, it might as well have cost a kidney. The people had a leader who proposed an healthcare change that was nicknamed Obamacare. However, some people rejected Obamacare … Continue reading Can We Talk: Insurance Terminology
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