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    By Dianne Anderson Putting off that trip to the doctor’s office for regular checkups for fear of secondary consequences – namely COVID-19 exposure – is something that health advocate Starla Simmons seriously warns against. Avoiding the doctor is a bad idea, specifically when it came down to her own kids, who both have Sickle Cell ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Black men can run and hide from the needle, but they are still over twice as likely to die from prostate cancer than white men, even though a simple PSA blood antigen test starting at age 35 could save their lives. It’s a problem that Eric Burroughs has been chipping away at, ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Eyes still roll at the persistent prodding to get the jab, but maybe not so much lately as the nation watches ICU hospital beds fill past capacity, spilling over into tents and hospital parking garages. The impact of the Delta variant is hitting communities of color harder, faster and younger than the ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Since May, the COVID Delta variant has become the most common strain, escalating from 5% to 35% of cases in California, and fully 99% of all those that are dying right now nationwide are unvaccinated. Those sheer numbers of preventable deaths are driving groups like the National Council of Negro Women to ...
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    By Stacy M. Brown NNPA Newswire Sr Nat’l Correspondent For Walter Coleman, an independent contractor in Washington, D.C., Samantha Robles, a hairstylist in Bethesda, Maryland, and Robin Pruitt, a loan officer who also lives in Bethesda, the coronavirus pandemic not only resulted in close calls, but the financial fallout may lead to bankruptcy. Each says ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Just about every cancer known to science – breast cancer, kidney cancer, lung cancer, uterus cancer, prostate cancer – provided a loud wake-up call for Ramona Lawson, and survivors within her family circle. Remembering those who died has changed the family’s approach to life, health and diet. “Some of us have become ...
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    Even with increased vaccine supply, vaccination of willing Californians will take several months  State supporting trusted providers and counties for non-traditional outreach in hard-to-reach communities With supply of vaccines expected to significantly increase in the coming weeks, the state is expanding vaccine eligibility to more Californians. Starting April 1, individuals aged 50+ will be eligible ...
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    The following is a statement made by Assembly Majority Leader Eloise Gómez Reyes regarding passage of the $7.6 Billion COVID Relief Early Budget Package:  “The California Legislature voted on the passage of a $7.6 Billion COVID Relief Package that will provide critical financial support to Californian’s in need and small businesses. Through the leadership of ...
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    By Dianne Anderson Black History Month is a lot like looking through the mirror of time with the fatal Trump mob eruption reminiscent of reconstruction, that while shocking, was not surprising, and to a large extent, predictable. At least since the early 2000s, Keith Willis said the Black community repeatedly sounded the alarm on the ...
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    With COVID-19 raging across the country, African Americans — disproportionately infected with the virus – are being urged to enroll in health insurance through California’s Obamacare exchange, Covered California. While tens of thousands of African Americans have benefited from insurance through Covered California at one time or another since 2013, nearly 65,000 uninsured Africans Americans ...