Asthma: Are You Well Controlled?

More than 22 million people in the U.S. have asthma. When asthma is not well controlled it can affect your normal daily routine, disrupt sleep and more.  In this post, Dr. Purvi Parikh and Tonya Winders will be discussing the surprising results from a recent survey of asthma patients. If you or someone you know has asthma, you'll want to pay close attention. Are You Having Asthma … [Read more...]

Highlights, Popular Posts & Reflection on 2015

In this post you will find highlights, the crowd favorite popular posts and my year-end reflections on 2015. It was fairly quiet around here in 2015 as far as writing goes, but the lights are still on and I'm still on a mission to make the world a little greater for Black folks. Between working my 9-5, I've been in a coaching program for most of the year to build my speaking platform. I still managed to post to the blog here and there. Despite … [Read more...]

We speak her name, Barbara Dawson

Barbara Dawson, age 57 of Bristol, Florida, died on December 21, 2015 after being wrongfully discharged from Calhoun Liberty Hospital. She had been seen and treated in the hospital, then discharged. However, Dawson was having trouble breathing. Instead of the emergency department re-evaluating her, they called the police to have her forcibly removed from the premises. According to the hospital spokeswoman "While we can't discuss her situation … [Read more...]

#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...]

Against All Odds: Black Women in Medicine

Crystal Emery's newest project showcases Black women doctors and shines a light on the need for more of us in that field. Read more about why I loved being in the room for this book signing in this sponsored post. Crystal Emery has boldly taken on the responsibility of celebrating Black Women in medicine, as well as highlighting the low numbers of Black women in the field. In her new book Against All Odds: Black Women in Medicine, … [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...]

Hangout with HHS Secretary Burwell

Blogalicious Google Hangout with HHS Secretary Burwell On February 9, 2015, I sat down with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell and get answers to your questions about the Affordable Care Act. It was an extreme pleasure to do so. Not only was it highly informative, but she was appreciative for the opportunity, as well. The folks at HHS were warm and welcoming. They want to engage with the citizens … [Read more...]

Fall Health Braintrust #CBCALC’14 with Congresswoman Donna Christensen

This was my 2nd year attending the Health Braintrust at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) held in Washington, D.C. The ALC is the nation's largest public policy conference engaging in conversations on issues impacting Black communities around the world. Congresswoman Donna Christensen is the chairwoman for the health braintrust and she has adopted critical issues to address in congress including … [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...]

HPV in Black Women: Are the odds currently stacked against us?

Recent news reports are shedding light on the theory that Black women and girls are less likely to be protected by the two HPV vaccines that are currently available on the market. HPV, the human papillomavirus, which can infect the genital area and is known to cause cervical cancer has over 100 different sub-types. Of those, 40 different subtypes can infect the genital area. New research has shown that the various sub-types are often linked to … [Read more...]