MILWAUKEE – The City of Milwaukee Health Department (MHD) is looking to re-brand— giving it a distinct identity, which results in clear and positive public recognition and understanding of the programs and services provided to the community.
MHD worked with 2-Story, who developed three (3) brand options for the department. The community is highly encouraged to provide their feedback on these options, keeping in mind that a brand is more than a logo. Voting ends at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, June 10th. The most popular brand option will be selected.
It is with high hope that the department’s re-brand revitalizes, refreshes, and renews the spirit of residents, community leaders, and stakeholders. MHD looks forward to carrying forth its mission of advancing the health and equity of Milwaukeeans through science, innovation, and leadership.
Please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MHD_Rebrand to cast your vote.
Milwaukee, WI— Wisconsin citizens continue to hear from government, health care, and community groups that support dental therapy as one solution to help to end the oral health crisis in Wisconsin. Experts with varying political views agree that dental therapists can serve Wisconsin families. This week government, health care and community leaders met at Next Door, a neighborhood community center in Milwaukee to discuss a plan that help alleviate the crisis.
Dental therapists, providers similar to physician assistants in medicine that work under the supervision of a dentist, could help underserved populations including children, veterans, and older Americans. A large and growing coalition of more than 50 groups across the political spectrum have endorsed this crucial oral health care role. Some of the many groups include schools,hospitals, health plans, and public policy groups.
Wisconsin State Rep. Mary Felzkowski, who has authored a bill that would allow the licensing of dental therapists said “This is not a partisan issue. This is a human issue. This is one more tool in the toolbox to help us get the dental care to the people who need it.”
Most Wisconsin counties – 64 of 72– face dental shortages, affecting 1.2 million residents. And, in Wisconsin more than 41,000 emergency room visits for preventable dental conditions were reported by hospitals in the most recently available annual data, representing nearly $25 million in hospital charges.
At a recent community event on oral health care Dr. Emilia Arana, a Pediatrician at the Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers in Milwaukee said “Dental caries is an extremely common infectious disease. Caries is the most common chronic condition of children and it is preventable. Dental decay is five times more common than asthma. It’s four times more common than obesity and twenty times more common than diabetes. It affects quality of life and has a negative effect on a child’s health and performance. Dental therapy is the next level of care we need. I’m hopeful it will be approved.”
Currently, dental therapists are authorized to practice in 10 states, and at least a dozen more are considering legislation. Michigan authorized the profession late last year In Minnesota, where dental therapy was authorized in 2009, communities across the state have seen an increase in overall oral health care access. Authorizing dental therapists in Wisconsin could provide similar results for Wisconsin families
MILWAUKEE – The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted a resolutionfrom Supervisor Felesia Martin today to raise public awareness about lupus, a chronic auto- immune disease that affects more than 1.5 million Americans.
“Lupus is a debilitating disease that affects people of color at higher rates than the national average, but African Americans and Asians, as well as those with only a high school education, are most at risk for delays in care. We urgently need to raise public awareness and increase education about Lupus, so people can get an accurate diagnosis and the care they need,” said Supervisor Martin.
People afflicted by Lupus report waiting an average of six years for an accurate diagnosis after first noticing symptoms. About 92 percent Whites and 85 percent of Hispanics were referred to a specialist within the first three months of a diagnosis, compared to 64 percent of African Americans, and 66 percent of Asians.
African American and Hispanic women with Lupus frequently suffer adverse pregnancy outcomes more often than White women.
Approximately 16,000 new cases of Lupus are reported each year.
The NIH Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) Working Group on Changing the Culture to End Sexual Harassment will host a public listening session on Thursday, May 16, from 3:00-4:30 p.m. EDT, to hear from victims of sexual harassment and advocates against sexual violence and for equal opportunity in the workplace. This listening session is an opportunity for the public to provide input to the Working Group as it develops recommendations to deliver to the ACD. A facilitator will guide the conversation based on a series of questions. Attendees can provide input either publicly or anonymously. The listening session will be held in the NIH National Library of Medicine (Building 38A) Lister Hill Auditorium. The listening session is free to attend, but registration is required.
Please note that the listening session is not a forum for making or addressing allegations of sexual harassment. Please see the NIH Anti-Sexual Harassment website for information about how NIH staff can report an allegation or how individuals at NIH-funded institutions can inform NIH of an allegation.
Additional information about the listening session, including how to register can be found at: https://cvent.me/ZkN8a. Sign language interpretation will be provided. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodations to participate in this event should contact Jennifer Plank-Bazinet, NIH Office of Science Policy, at [email protected]. The listening session will also be available for viewing through NIH videocast.
By Laura L. Otto
The early signs of Alzheimer’s disease are often subtle, such as when a grandparent’s family recipes start to taste a bit different. Many families don’t seek medical help for their loved ones until these small changes give way to bigger problems.
But paying attention to such changes is important, especially for African American and Latino families, who tend to be hit particularly hard by dementia.Research has indicated that Alzheimer’s disease strikes African Americans twice as often as whites, and the disease occurs 1.5 times more often in Latinos than whites.
“In these communities, in-home caregiving of a family member with dementia lasts longer for a variety of reasons, including access to care,” says Melinda Kavanaugh, a UWM associate professor of social welfare.
With support from the National Institute on Aging, Kavanaugh and several community partners are launching a two-year project that will help African American and Latino families better avert “crisis points.” These are potentially dangerous incidents involving someone with dementia, such as leaving the stove unattended or getting lost outside the home.
Sometimes, even these kinds of incidents pass without registering as something serious. “You can see a family that is in crisis,” Kavanaugh says. “They may not recognize it because, to them, it’s normal.”
The project’s aim is to collect representative examples of the early indicators of advancing memory loss. The goal: head off disaster by providing this information to families and health care providers of people who haven’t yet reached a crisis point. This advanced notice gives families of patients more time to plan needed care, Kavanaugh says.
The researchers will consult with professional caregivers, social workers and family members – including the youth who often care for affected family members after school while parents are still at work. Their observations have not been integrated in previous work.
More than 1.4 million children and teens in the United States provide care to a family member. These youth assist with everything from bathing and feeding to administering medications and monitoring activities to ensure safety. And youth may be more tuned-in to changes in family members because the period of care between school ending and parents returning from work is often a regular routine.
The project came about through longstanding relationships Kavanaugh has with community groups, such as the United Community Center, the Alzheimer’s Association and the Milwaukee County Department on Aging. These organizations, Kavanaugh says, bring a focus on the project’s cultural aspects.
For example, many people in minority communities are reluctant to seek a diagnosis for fear of the stigma. For many African Americans, engaging with medical practitioners is fraught with distrust. And language can be a barrier for Latinos.
“From this study, we’ll have details of how we can intervene earlier in populations that already are not getting the care they need,” Kavanaugh says.
Virginia Zerpa, community outreach coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association’s Southeastern Wisconsin chapter, says Latino and African American families are less likely to recognize the signs of Alzheimer’s and dementia than white families. This results in a diagnosis not being made until the disease’s later stages.
One reason families don’t seek outside help, Zerpa says, is that they may not know help is available. Most Latin American countries do not have the kind of assistance for the elderly that exists in the United States. Another reason may be privacy-related, Zerpa says, with people tending to rely on their own family members for assistance.
“Because of this,” Kavanaugh says, “it’s important to develop focused, early interventions that are culturally relevant that would be supportive for families.”
Article via BlackNews.com
The mention of soul food evokes an image that instantly invigorates each of your senses. You imagine the most satisfying of comfort foods, like fried chicken, corn bread, and collard greens. A very rich culture surrounds soul food, and its history runs deep.
Slaves brought many of their recipes with them to America, and slave ships transported some of their crops, as well. Okra, watermelon, and coffee all came to America from Africa.
Slave owners would often give their slaves the most undesirable parts of the animal, such as pig feet and intestines, to eat. Slaves owners also let slaves cultivate their own garden plots to lower the costs of feeding them. As a result, slaves adapted by inventing their own unique cooking methods.
In the late 1800s and early 1900s, African-American cuisine began to merge with the food of European immigrants. Dishes such as ham and macaroni and cheese became staples in the Black community. Around that time, Black cooks often served these meals at church gatherings; the best meals were usually served on Sundays.
The term “soul food” did not originate until sometime in the 1960s. Although we don’t know when phrase was first used, Alex Haley used the phrase in his 1965 novel The Autobiography of Malcom X.
In 1962, Sylvia Woods opened her eponymous restaurant. The establishment quickly became a soul food staple. Her restaurant featured several Southern classics and became a draw for politicians and tourists. Called “the queen of soul food,” Sylvia played an important role in the popularization of soul food.
In the 60s, the influence of soul food began to grow rapidly. The hip-hop artists of the 90s frequently used the term, and today, most people are familiar with the culture of soul food.
When you sit down for your next family meal, take a moment to consider their history of the dishes in front of you. The meal you’re eating may have originated generations ago, perhaps when families relayed their recipes by ear instead of by paper. The culmination of their struggles and their victories is what created the culture we live in today. As you prepare these meals and pass them down to your own children, know that you, too, will become a key player in this continuing narrative.
Milwaukee, (April 11, 2019) – For those who have experienced sexual assault, the trauma is relived over and over as they navigate their way through the aftermath. Whether they’re seeking medical help, talking with counselors or advocates, or reporting the assault to police and working with prosecutors, the repeated reliving of the experience can be an ordeal. At this forum, the panelists will share their research, experience, and expertise as they explore the impact of care after sexual assault. The goals of the discussion are to:
The Alverno Forum series seeks to join community leaders in discussing cutting-edge topics that have a daily impact on the lives of people in our community and beyond. The next discussion in this year’s series takes place on Wednesday, April 24 at 6:00 p.m. in the Bucyrus Conference Center inside the Sister Joel Read Center. The Alverno Forum series is free and open to the public. For more details, please visit our website at http://www.alverno.edu/forum/.
About Alverno College
Alverno College promotes the academic, personal and professional development of its students in a collaborative and inclusive environment. Undergraduate programs for women are offered in more than 60 areas of study, and graduate programs in education, nursing, community psychology, school psychology, music therapy and business are open to women and men.
A leader in higher education innovation, Alverno has earned international accolades for its highly effective ability-based, assessment-as-learning approach to education, which emphasizes hands-on experience and develops in-demand skills. The college, Wisconsin’s first Hispanic-Serving Institution, ranks among the top schools in the Midwest for its commitment to undergraduate teaching and innovation by U.S. News & World Report. For the past two years, The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education named Alverno the country’s most inspiring college.
Based in Milwaukee, Wis., Alverno College is a four-year independent, Catholic, liberal arts college.
Community activists and organizers are staying true to their commitment to hold Ascension accountable for improving health and advancing health equity
MILWAUKEE – St. Joe’s Accountability Coalition (SJAC) formerly known as Save St. Joe’sCoalition, will host a community meeting about St. Joseph Hospital and Health Equity on Thursday, April 18th. SJAC will update the public on the progress of their work, celebrate the one year anniversary of halting the reduction of critical services at St. Joseph Hospital, and discuss upcoming opportunities for community support, mobilization, and engagement.
What: St. Joseph Hospital and Health Equity Community Meeting
When: Thursday, April 18, 2019 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Wisconsin Black Historical Society 2620 W. Center Street
The coalition formed in 2018 after Ascension Wisconsin announced potential cuts and includes: African American Roundtable, Black Leaders Organizing Community, Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Area Service & Hospitality Workers, Metcalfe Park Community Bridges, Sherman Park Community Association, and Wisconsin Federation of Nurses and HealthProfessionals. The coalition’s community organizing and organizing effort was able to stop Ascension’s plan to cut services at St. Joe’s. Now the coalition is organizing for a future in whichAscension partners with the community to improve racial and gender health equity and torevitalize Milwaukee’s Northside.