Health, Medicine & Nutrition

Awesome new video encouraging young people to sign up for the Affordable Care Act 'cause it's HOT!


The Tell A Friend – Get Covered campaign is a national collaboration coordinated by state health exchanges, led by Covered California, along with partners including Enroll America, with a goal of sharing the hows and whys of how to get covered by the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. They are targeting young people with a new video that spoofs the Snoop Dogg (Snoop Lion) song "Drop it Like It's Hot" and encourages them to sign up 'cause it's hot.




Iman Crosson stars as President Barack Obama in the video. If you don't know Crosson's work, check it out on social media, especially YouTube. He has been churning out creative, thought provoking videos for a minute now. Look for the user Alphacat and enjoy.

Once again Americans are being entertained into doing what should be done anyway. Oh, well. It is what it is. Just get covered, people.


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(BLACK PR WIRE) – December 1st is globally recognized as annual World AIDS Day, and the Jessie Trice Community Health Center (JTCHC) will host a health fair in support of this observance. The event takes place on Saturday, December 7th from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Olinda Park, located at 2101 NW 51st St., Miami, FL 33142. The event’s presenting sponsor is JTCHC. Additional sponsorship is made by Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson, GILEAD Advance Therapeutics, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, and E Hollywood Productions Unlimited. 

The HIV/AIDS crisis has especially impacted south Florida’s minority communities. According to the Florida Department of Health, a reported 98,530 persons were living with an HIV diagnosis in 2012. Blacks accounted for 49 percent and Hispanics 20 percent of those cases. 

“Here at Jessie Trice, we think it is important to address World AIDS Day every year by making HIV testing accessible to our community through health fairs and other outreach efforts,” said Roselaine Christie, JTCHC Patient Care Coordinator. “In addition, it is paramount to educate our families and friends in an effort to increase HIV/AIDS awareness. We want everyone to tell their neighbors and friends about this event.” 

The health fair is free of charge, and features refreshments, children’s face painting, entertainment by Scotty Boi. In addition there will be numerous free health services, including HIV testing, blood pressure screening, diabetic services and Affordable Care Act enrollment. 

The Jessie Trice Community Health Center, Inc. is a Florida 501 (c) 3, not-for-profit, Federally Qualified Health Center, which has been serving Miami-Dade County since 1967. Its mission is to provide comprehensive primary health care services by increasing access and improving the quality of life of our diverse South Florida community. A community mainstay, JTCHC owns and operates sixteen (16) facilities, including eight (8) Comprehensive Primary Care centers, twenty-five (25) school-based/university centers, and other medical facilities. JTCHC’s multicultural, multilingual, and multidisciplinary staff services a diverse population of 30,000 patients who make more than 130,000 visits annually. 



-Special Incentives Offered to Those Who Join in the Month of August-

(BLACK PR WIRE) – The National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) is holding a once in a lifetime membership drive. The non-profit association of Black health care executives, is encouraging everyone to become a member during the month of August, as membership dues are half-price. The organization is also gearing up for its 28th Annual National Educational Conference for which South Florida is the host chapter. The event is scheduled for October 16-18, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Downtown in Miami, Florida. 

“The NAHSE Annual National Educational Conference is a must attend event which provides visibility and access to national healthcare executives,” said Christie Grays, President–Elect of the South Florida Chapter. “By simply becoming a member in the month of August, you will be entitled to significant member and conference discounts!” 

Grays shared that the Conference features local educational seminars offering Category II ACHE credits; local networking opportunities for enhancing your career; young careerist, mid-careerist and senior-executive forums; and the opportunity to receive pertinent up-to-date industry news on an ongoing basis. 

By signing up to become a member this month, Grays emphasized that there is a whopping $300 savings when registering for the National Conference ($840 for members, $1,140 for non-members and $200 for students through August 31, 2013). The cost increases to $1,000 for members, $1,360 for non-members and remains $200 for students after this date). 

NAHSE Memberships are available for: 

• Personal members with a background in health and medical care(Personal Dues are now $118.50; Regular price is $235.00)

• Student Type II members who are recent graduates, have up to 2-years post graduation, and are working in a full-time paid position, including residencies and fellowships (Student Type II fees are now $52.00. Regular price is $110.00)

• Student Type I members who are currently enrolled in approved program (Student Type I fees are $35.00. Regular price is $60.00)

If you join NAHSE October 1 forward, the memberships are full cost and are good through 12/31/2014. 

The National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) is a non-profit association of Black health care executives founded in 1968 for the purpose of promoting the advancement and development of Black health care leaders, and elevating the quality of health care services rendered to minority and underserved communities. Since its inception, NAHSE has sponsored and participated in local and national programs and projects designed to improve quality, access and availability to health services and to expand educational opportunities in the field of Health Services Administration. 

NAHSE's purpose is to ensure greater participation of minority groups in the health field. Its basic objective is to develop and maintain a strong viable national body to more effectively have input in the national health care delivery system. It has provided a vehicle for Blacks to effectively participate in the design, direction and delivery of quality health care to all people. 

For more information on NAHSE, contact Christie Grays at 786-527-9165 or visit  

Demoted fire captain Brian Beckmann appeals decision at hearing Mon. 1/14

Do you remember the case of Metro-Dade Fire Captain Brian Beckmann and the racist remarks he posted on his Facebook page in April 2012 regarding the shooting death of Trayvon Martin? Well, he is appealing his demotion to firefighter at a hearing 9 AM, Monday, January 14, 2013, Stephen P. Clark Building, 111 NW 1st Street, Suite 183, Miami, FL 33128.

Here's a reminder of what Beckmann posted:

“Listening to Prosecutor Corey blow herself and her staff for five minutes before pre-passing judgment on George Zimmerman. The state seeks reelection again, truth aside. I and my coworkers could rewrite the book on whether our urban youths are victims of racist profiling or products of their failed, shitbag, ignorant, pathetic, welfare dependent excuses for parents, but like Mrs. Corey, we speak only the truth. They’re just misunderstood little church going angels and the ghetto hoodie look doesn’t have anything to do with why people wonder if they’re about to get jacked by a thug.”

If Beckmann is returned to his previous rank, it will signal the level of disrespect of blacks by the fire department in Miami-Dade County. Racial incidents within that department have been reported in the past. At some point the black community must stop conveniently developing amnesia regarding civil rights violations.

This upcoming hearing has been relatively quiet, another issue we need to deal with - communication - and the ability to galvanize and mobilize quickly regarding issues of civil rights and racism. 

Do you feel Beckmann will treat blacks fairly? Should he be rewarded by being returned to fire captain rank, left at his current rank or fired? What say YOU? 



The Links, Inc. Team Up with Hispanic Coalition to Sponsor Health Fair and Children's Cook-Off Competition Sat. 1/12


 Community Health Fair and Children's “Iron Chef” Cook-Off Competition
Links Health Fair
The Miami Cluster of the Links, Incorporated joins the Hispanic Coalition in presenting a community health fair and children's cook-off competition on Saturday, January 12, 2013 in Opa-Locka.
The Miami Cluster of The Links, Incorporated, is comprised of three local chapters of Dade County; Greater Miami; and Miami-Biscayne Bay. They have joined with the Hispanic Coalition to provide health screening for adults and engage children in practices for living a healthy lifestyle at a community health fair and cook-off competition targeting students and families in the Opa-Locka area. 
The Links received funding via an “Awareness and Advocacy for Our Children” grant to implement a Florida Pilot Project aimed at combating childhood obesity in Opa-Locka. Students from three area schools: Dr. Robert Ingram Elementary; Nathan B. Young Elementary and Rainbow Park Elementary will go head-to-head in a highly anticipated cook-off competition to engage the students in healthy food choices and easy meal preparation for their families.
Childhood obesity poses one of the most urgent and critical threats to the health and well-being of minority children and their families. Obesity rates have reached epic proportions among African American children; particularly among African American girls. Overweight and obese children are at a higher risk for a host of serious illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, asthma, Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure, and cancer. The Links, Incorporated National Childhood Obesity Initiative through its Commission on Childhood Obesity, continues to be a trail blazer and model for addressing obesity and nutrition education worldwide.  
Several additional activities are planned for children and adults including learning to make healthy food choices; line dancing and Zumba fitness dance.

If You go:
Saturday, January 12, 2013
10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Nathan B. Young Elementary School
14120 NW 24th Avenue
Opa-Locka, FL 33054
About The Links, Incorporated
The Links, Incorporated is a premier international volunteer service organization of women with more than 12,000 members in 276 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. The Links, Incorporated, celebrates more than 65 years of enriching, sustaining and ensuring the cultural and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry. The key programming initiatives of The Links, Incorporated are organized into five facets: Services to Youth, The Arts, National Trends and Services, International Trends and Services, and Health and Human Services.
About Hispanic Coalition
The Hispanic Coalition is a non-profit association founded on February 4, 1988 in Miami, Florida with the objective of providing South Florida citizens with a broad range of social services related to immigration, employment, legal assistance, and at-risk youth and family intervention programs.  Its social services are available to the entire community, regardless of ethnic background.

Black Midwives gather to address women’s and infants’ health disparities

The International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC) will convene black midwives and other midwives of color at their biennial national conference on October 19-21, 2012 in Sunny Isles, Florida to focus on improving birth outcomes and reducing health disparities of women and infants. The 8th Black Midwives and Healers Conference, Returning Power to Birth: Reclaiming Our Culture will provide opportunities for healthcare providers to build skills for cultural competency create and broaden advocacy networks to spur change, and eliminate health disparities in Black communities across the U.S.

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Gary Forbes


Gary Forbes
Gary Forbes is a professional basketball player for the NBA. He is Panamanian.

Gary Orlando Forbes was born February 25, 1985 in Colón, Panama. He is a professional basketball player who currently plays for the Houston Rockets of the NBA. When he was a child, his mother brought him with her when she moved to Brooklyn, NY. After high school at Benjamin Banneker Academy, the 6 ft 7 in, 220 lb. small forward initially played college basketball at the University of Virginia, then transferred to the University of Massachusetts following his sophomore season at Virginia.

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Charles S. Dutton and Isaiah Thomas to Headline Black Men's Roundtable on July 28

Charles Dutton
Isaiah Thomas

Miami, FL - The Florida Coalition on Black Civic Participation will host the 2012 Healthy, Wealth & Wise Mini-Expo and Black Men's Round Table on Saturday, July 28, 2012 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Caleb Center, 5400 NW 22nd Avenue in Miami. NBA Hall of Famer, Isiah Thomas; actor and producer, Charles S. Dutton (Rock); Miami-Dade County Circuit Judge Daryl Traywick; and Miami Police homicide detective and cast member of "48 Hours," Detective Ervans Ford, are among the speakers. Congresswoman Frederica Wilson will bring greetings. 

 "The goal of the Healthy, Wealth & Wise Mini-Expo and Black Men's Round Table is to bring together national and local experts to educate and uplift underserved men and boys," said Desmond Meade, chair, Black Men's Roundtable. "We will have mini-expo with important information related to health and wellness for black men and their families and also have some honest discussions about issues that impact black men."

Roundtable discussion topics include: Brother Can We Talk: Defining Manhood and it's Relation to Criminal Justice and Domestic Violence; You're Worth the Dollar and Your Vote: Jobs, Wealth, and Civic Participation; and Speaking from the Heart: Improving his Health Physically, Spiritually, and Mentally.


  • Salandra Benton - FCBCP Convener and State Field Director, Florida AFL-CIO
  • Desmond Meade, Chair, Black Men's Roundtable
  • Congresswoman Frederica Wilson
  • Charles S. Dutton
  • Isaiah Thomas
  • Marcus Bright
  • Chief Jimmy Brown
  • State Rep. Dwight Bullard
  • William DC Clark
  • Detective Ervans Ford
  • Atty. Larry Handfield
  • Atty. Don Horn
  • Atty. Kionne McGhee
  • Aaron McKinney
  • Kevin McNeir
  • Garris Nickle aka C.R.O.M.E
  • Judge Daryl Traywick
  • Atty. Rod Vereen

For ticket, vendor and sponsor information call (321) 285-6297 or email [email protected].


FAMU Professor Gets U.S. Patent for AIDS Drug Discovery

Cryptolepine will help combat infection in AIDS, chemotherapy and organ transplant patients.


Seth Ablordeppey

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Seth Ablordeppey, a Florida A&M University (FAMU) professor in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, has received a United States patent (No. 8,158,646) for extensive modifications to the drug Cryptolepine.  Preliminary tests indicate the drug will be effective at treating infections commonly found in HIV/AIDS, chemotherapy, and organ transplant patients. In addition, it has fewer side effects than several currently used drugs. 


“This research has been in the works for more than a decade and I am grateful to FAMU for providing the environment and opportunity for this discovery,” said Ablordeppey. “With the discovery of these new agents we hope to deal one more blow to the opportunistic infections that continue to wreak havoc in our communities.”

Cryptolepine is a series of compounds derived from a native plant of Ghana, West Africa. According to the Center for Disease Control, opportunistic infections that attack weakened immune systems have become increasing problematic in the United States. When compared to drugs currently on the market, the high potency and fewer side affects associated with Cryptolepine could ultimately combat this problem.

“I am so very proud of Dr. Ablordeppey and the contribution he has made to FAMU’s patent portfolio. Because of his work, FAMU now has a diverse portfolio of pharmaceutical compounds that treat various diseases that disproportionately affect African Americans,” said Tanaga Boozer, director for FAMU Office of Technology Transfer, Licensing and Commercialization. “His patent demonstrates the talent and commitment among FAMU researchers to develop novel drugs, methods, and medical devices that address health disparities in underrepresented populations.”

This is Ablordeppey’s second patent in two years. In 2010, he received a patent for developing the “Haloperidol Analog,” a method for treating mammals suffering from psychosis.

For more information, contact Seth Ablordeppey at (850) 599-3834. To learn more about licensing technologies available at FAMU, contact Tanaga Boozer at (850) 412-7232.



Continuing their commitment to improving neonatal health care, the Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade (HSCMD) will host four days of Perinatal Loss Professional Development Seminars.  Sessions will provide physicians, nurses, social workers, counselors and hospital chaplains working in the field of maternal and infant health with tools to help families bereaving the death of a baby.  The free classes will take place May 16-19, 2012, at Homewood Suites: 5500 Blue Lagoon Drive (N.W. 11 Street), second floor, Miami, FL 33126.  In addition to earning Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits, required for medical professionals by Florida health care oversight boards, attendees will gain skills in talking to parents, starting support groups and meeting the needs of caregivers working with grieving families.

 The seminars will be conducted by staff from Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support, Inc. (Share).  Share is a national organization serving those whose lives are touched by the death of a baby through pregnancy loss, stillbirth or in the first few months of life.  

 The Compassionate Caregiving seminar will be Wednesday, May 16, 9 a.m. – noon, and focus on developing health care staff skills.  The three-day Sharing and Caring: A Perinatal Loss Seminar will focus on effectively starting family support groups, and be held Wednesday, May 16, 1 – 4:30 p.m., and Thursday and Friday, May 17 and 18, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on both days. The final seminar, Perinatal Loss: Strategies for Health Care Professionals, will be Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m. – noon, and explore grief models to help physicians care for families experiencing a loss.

All workshops are free, but seating is limited and registration is mandatory. For more information and to register, visit, call (305) 541-0210 or email [email protected]