#GetCoveredMD Maryland Health Connection Open Enrollment

Get covered with an affordable health insurance plan before the January 31, 2016 deadline. Watch my interview with a health navigator and read more about how to #getcoveredmd in this sponsored post. The Maryland Health Connection is the State of Maryland's official marketplace where residents can shop for and enroll in a health insurance plan. The plans offered through Maryland Health Connection meet the requirements of the Affordable Care … [Read more...]

What Nobody Tells You About ACA

The open enrollment period for health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act closed on February 15. Thanks to this legislation, 8.8 Million people now have health insurance. That’s a good thing, right? Indeed it is. What you probably don't know is what’s expected of you now. Nobody is really talking about. However, there are big plans for you. Beyond the goal of requiring health care coverage, another goal of the ACA is to improve our … [Read more...]

Cholesterol Counts

February is heart health awareness month. One of the important risk factors for heart disease and heart attack is high cholesterol. It's important to understand that all cholesterol is not created equal. Therefore, it is broken down into good and bad cholesterol. You can be proactive by visiting your primary care doctor and having your cholesterol checked. It is a simple battery of blood tests that typically include what's known as a lipid … [Read more...]

Join The EMP and Get Covered America for #TakeCareChat March 4 @ 1PM ET

March 31st Is the Deadline to Enroll Did you know that 1 in 5 African-Americans don’t have health insurance?  And that more than half of the uninsured could find insurance for less than $100 per month (under $50 for people under 35)? Most are uninsured because they do not receive coverage from an employer, cannot afford coverage, or were previously denied insurance due to a pre-existing condition.  The uninsured are exposed to significant … [Read more...]

February is American Heart Health Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. To prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its effects, The Empowered Mocha Patient is proudly participating in American Heart Heath Month. Over 40% of African-Americans over the age of 20 are affected by heart disease and high blood pressure. You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also … [Read more...]

Breast Cancer Awareness

October is breast cancer awareness month. It’s a pretty big deal because 1 in 8 women is diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.  Many families have been impacted by this devastating disease and I want to make sure we don’t close out this month without taking some action to help knock-out breast cancer. Here’s what you can do: Don’t keep your head in the sand, learn a few facts about breast cancer and assess your own risk. Talk to your … [Read more...]

Know Your Status

Today, Dec 1st is World AIDS Day, let's take it as an opportunity to talk about why you should know your status, how to have a conversation with your partner about responsible sex and where to get tested. As for why, African-Americans, aka brown people, aka mocha patients carry the heaviest burden of the HIV pandemic in the US. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at some point in their lifetimes, an estimated 1 in 16 … [Read more...]

10 Tips to Prevent Holiday Weight Gain

The holiday season is upon us. If you're anything like me, Thanksgiving and Christmas are exciting times, but then we're left trying to figure out how to work off a whole weekend's worth of over indulging. No matter how many times we hear that obesity is linked to diabetes, heart disease and cancer, many of us still find it hard to resist partaking in the entire feast for the holidays. So, I'm sharing some strategies you can try to minimize … [Read more...]

Black Men and the Doctor

  This is dedicated to all the fellas and the ladies who love them! How can we get our black men to the doctor? Men, have you had your annual physical yet this year? If not, let’s talk about what might be hindering you. Dr. Derek Griffith, an African-American Psychologist, at the University of Michigan has conducted extensive research on men’s health disparities. In a recent study he concluded: “It’s not that they didn’t want … [Read more...]

Your Medical Record

  The Empowered Mocha Patient is all about fostering a lifestyle of involvement in your own health care, successful disease management & prevention of disease by taking proactive measures. Therefore, this week, I want to share some tips on the importance of a complete medical record and how you can organize your own. Before moving into to this weeks tips, let’s first address one of the overwhelming concerns in the mocha patient … [Read more...]