Milwaukee Health Services, Inc. will host Crucial Catch Day – Intercept Cancer event, thanks to a partnership between the American Cancer Society and The National Football League. The event is an opportunity to provide cancer outreach and education to increase awareness, help the community reduce cancer risk, and promote cancer prevention and regular screenings that would include cervical cancer screening or mammograms.
The event will be held on October 25, 2018 at the MLK Heritage Health Center from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Community members are invited to attend the event and learn more about ways to reduce their risks and the potential for screening to prevent cancer or to find it early when it is most treatable.
This event is made possible through a grant from the American Cancer Society, funded by the National Football League. The NFL’s Crucial Catch initiative provides funding to support cancer prevention and early detection activities aimed to reduce the unequal burden of cancer in underserved communities through the American Cancer Society’s Community Health Advocates implementing Nationwide Grants for Empowerment and Equity (CHANGE) program.
WHAT: Crucial Catch Day – Intercept Cancer community health event providing the community with free cancer outreach, education and a range of services that would include cervical cancer screening. Complimentary luncheon, guest speakers, entertainment and prizes. Meet Super Bowl Legends LeRoy Butler and George Koonce. Enter to win a trip to St. Louis, MO to see Cedric “The Entertainer”
WHEN: October 25, 2018 from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM
WHERE: MLK Heritage Health Center
2555 N. Martin Luther King Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53212
HOUSTON – (Oct. 17, 2018) – Trick-or-treating, dressing up in costume and having fun are all most children want to do on Halloween, but for some divorced families it can be a challenge to figure out how to make the night a treat and not a fright. Baylor College of Medicine’s Dr. Sandra Gonzalez gives her tips on how to do this.
“Many times the arrangements as far as who spends time with whom on holidays and certain days of the week is dictated in part by the courts through a custody or co-parenting agreement so you know in advance who will have the children,” said Gonzalez, assistant professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Baylor. “One of the biggest tips I can offer in any situation though is to coordinate details in advance. Both parents should communicate information like who is buying the costume, where the child is going, who they are going with and what time they are going to go. You should share this information with the child as well so they can feel more comfortable about the situation.”
Although some parents choose to split the time on Halloween, this arrangement often does not work and actually can be more stressful for the parents and, most importantly, for the child because they may feel torn between two households. Unless the child is accustomed to this arrangement and they do well with it, Gonzalez recommends that alternating who has the child each year may be more appropriate.
“For the parent who does not have the child for Halloween, I recommend establishing another tradition that they can do on a different day that is related to the holiday and is something that they can do every year that the child will remember,” Gonzalez said. “It is also important, as a courtesy to the other parent, to share that information, especially if both parents want to do the same thing and feelings may be hurt as result.”
Gonzalez explained that it is important for parents to prepare themselves when they know they will not have the child on an occasion like Halloween. This could mean making sure that you have plans with friends or family members. Having other plans can make coping with the sadness you may feel about not being able to spend that holiday with your child every year a bit easier.
In some cases, if the parents get along well, they may make the decision to celebrate as a family, which can be a very good option as long as it does not cause undue stress on the child and there is not a conflict that can be internalized by the child. However, Gonzalez cautioned that there needs to be some clarity provided on the part of the parents to the child to explain that this is something that, although you are doing it as a family, does not mean that you are going to reconcile.
Often extended family members want to see the child on Halloween as well, Gonzalez added, so it is important to communicate what the plans are with them so they are not surprised at the last minute or disappointed that they are not able to see the child.
“Regardless of the situation, communication and advanced planning are essential in order for a holiday, in this case Halloween, to be as stress free as possible for all involved,” Gonzalez said.
NATIONAL NONPROFIT LAUNCHES TO ADDRESS INEQUITIES IN CARE RECEIVED BY BLACK WOMEN THROUGHOUT THE BIRTH PROCESS
National nonprofit launches to address inequities in care received by Black women throughout the birth process
Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) — A new, national organization has been launched to address inequities in the care and treatment of Black women and persons throughout the reproductive years. The National Association to Advance Black Birth (NAABB), an organization that was formerly known as the International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC), was unveiled within the national midwifery community by its Board of Directors over the last few months. With a scope that is primarily focused in the U.S., and addressing “intersectionality” issues affecting multiple professions and stakeholders, the Board rebranded the organization to match its new vision, mission as well as its current and planned programming.
Dr. Abigail Aiyepola, chair of the NAABB Board said, “We look forward to working with healthcare organizations, policy makers, institutions, associations and individuals alike to authentically challenge the status quo treatment of Black women throughout the birth process. The shocking statistics and realities of the dangerous care in U.S. healthcare settings must be addressed in systematic ways that go beyond diversity and implicit bias trainings. We need a true revolution in the care and treatment of Black women and birthing persons, which is currently being ignored and dismissed within many U.S. medical establishments, despite the numbers showing increasing fatalities and the serious medical problems in our communities across the country.”
NAABB’s vision is a world in which Black women and persons achieve their full birthing potential and thrive during the childbearing years. NAABB’s mission is to combat the effects of structural racism within maternal-infant health to advance Black birth outcomes. NAABB’s goal is to transform the national maternity system to advance the well-being of – and gain equity for – Black women and persons in the U.S. A number of national reports and articles, including recent ones in The New York Times and ProPublica, are raising awareness of the far-reaching impacts of racism, racial biases and inequitable care towards Black women throughout the birthing process, regardless of income.
NAABB produced and recently launched a documentary, The Loudest Silence: Black Women’s Birth Experiences, to highlight the impact of inequities in care. These disparities produce statistics such as Black infant mortality being twice the rate of white babies; and that college educated Black women die or almost die from childbirth-related causes at twice the rate of white women who never graduated from high school. NAABB’s documentary has begun being shown at midwifery conferences and other birth related convenings across the country; and will be used in healthcare settings as an opening to begin not just conversations, but training programs that address inequitable hospital care and treatment of Black women that is primarily driven by structural racism and racial biases.
“Legacy is important – both a legacy that was created for us to build upon as well as the legacy to come, based on the current times and needs of the Black women and persons whom we serve,” said Dr. Aiyepola. “Our new name reflects both our history, Sankofa, and our future, where Black women and birthing person do not have to fear that being pregnant or giving birth to a baby may put their life at risk. We’re excited about advancing the support of Black women and persons who face issues that impact their ability to have a safe and healthy birth in which they are recognized, listened to, and treated with respect in all healthcare settings.”
The National Association to Advance Black Birth (NAABB) works to improve the care and treatment of Black women, infants and persons to combat the effects of structural racism on Black maternal-infant health through: advocacy, research, educational programming, activism and policy change; equipping birth workers (doulas, midwives, lactation consultants, nurses, and doctors) and maternity health institutions with the practical tools and education they need to improve outcomes for Black women and persons; developing and supporting innovative models of care that are sensitive to the cultural and social needs of Black families; and partnering with organizations that are connected to and can help advance NAABB’s vision. Infused throughout NAABB’s work is harnessing the wisdom from African and African American birth traditions, which is part of its legacy as well as its future
(CBS – Binghamton, New York)
If you’ve been sneezing and itching your eyes more than usual, chances are it’s because recent wet conditions have magnified this allergy season, according to experts.
“When we had all the rainfall we’ve received, that’s creating a great growing environment for the mold and the allergens,” says meteorologist Brian Schroeder.
Drier seasons usually result in calmer seasonal allergies.
“If it’s a dry season and the growth is meager, then the pollen levels will not be as high. So absolutely this has been a very high, seasonal allergy season because of that,” Dr. Mohan Dhillon, an allergy specialist, said.
Mold and other allergens like ragweed have flourished in the recent wet conditions. Dr. Dhillon says allergy season typically begins in mid-August, when ragweed starts to grow. It ends in late October when the temperatures drop. However, mold is unlike other allergens. It can grow inside.
“Once there’s snow cover on the ground, then the outdoor mold will start to go away, however mold can also be found indoors,” Dr. Dhillon said.
Mold will grow in warm, damp spaces, like behind a heater.
“Mold is nature’s recycler. So if there’s anything organic out there, mold will grow on it because that’s its source of food,” Dr. Dhillon said.
Symptoms of allergies are often sneezing, itchy eyes and nose, stuffiness, sinus pressure, headaches, and post-nasal drip.
If you do suffer from seasonal allergies, Dr. Dhillon said there are steps one can take to lessen the symptoms.
“The pollen levels tend to be highest in the mornings cause that’s how nature works. It releases pollen early in the morning so avoiding being outdoors in the morning is beneficial,” Dr. Dhillon said.
Dr. Dhillon also recommends not drying clothing outside because pollen will latch onto it. If avoiding pollen isn’t enough, he said taking an antihistamine or nasal spray can help. For those with more severe seasonal allergies, immunotherapy is another option.
Parents have just 32 minutes to themselves every day and many have to hide from their kids to get a breather, according to new data.
A study into the everyday lives of 2,000 moms and dads found that the typical parent has just over 30 minutes to themselves every day once work and parenting duties are tended to.
That’s because 32 percent of parents don’t actually stop “working” until at least 8 p.m. when parenting duties have been factored in.
The new survey, conducted by meal delivery service Munchery, found free time is ever elusive, if not non-existent when you’re a full-time working parent as they each spend 18 hours, on average, directly taking care of their kids every week. And a hectic 24 percent of parents spend more than 30 hours every week directly taking care of their kids in addition to other responsibilities.
Also added to the mix are six car journeys per week taking children to school and other various activities, while parents rack up five trips to the grocery store per week, and have to deal with their kids acting out and misbehaving an average of five times per week as well.
That kind of schedule doesn’t exactly lend itself to a plethora of free time.
If your employer is sticking you with a bigger share of the medical bill before health insurance kicks in, you may have to get used to it.
More companies are making workers pay an annual deductible or increasing the amount they must spend before insurance starts covering most care, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Annual deductibles for single coverage have now climbed about eight times as fast as wages over the last decade.
That means that those who use the health care system are pouring more of their take-home pay into medical bills even though they have coverage.
Health benefits experts say they see few signs that these rising deductibles will level off anytime soon for employer-sponsored benefits.
“At some point they have to come down to Earth, we just don’t know what point that is,” said Matthew Rae, a Kaiser senior health policy analyst.
Employer-sponsored coverage is the most common form of health insurance in the United States, covering about 152 million people, according to Kaiser.
The nonprofit found that the annual cost or premium for family coverage rose 5 percent this year to $19,616, on average, while single coverage premiums climbed 3 percent to $6,896. That continued a trend toward moderate increases over the past several years.
When it comes to dating, “let’s grab a drink” is often the go to first date invitation. Many opt to cure first date jitters with a libation or two to “chill out” and feel more comfortable. What happens if you are a recovering alcoholic and you can’t opt for “liquid courage” to get you through those awkward dating moments? For approximately 30-million Americans who identify as recovering from alcohol abuse, dating while sober is often a tricky reality. With tips on how to pass on booze but not on love, is Dr. Duy Nguyen, D.O., a Board-Certified Psychiatrist in General Psychiatry practicing at Beachway Therapy Center, a drug and alcohol rehab in Boynton Beach, Florida.
- Take the lead and suggest a dry date.
The easiest way to maintain sobriety is to avoid situations where alcohol is present. Having several alcohol-free dating options already in mind can empower you to steer the date in a dry direction more easily. Opt for daytime dates that are more activity focused, get you outside enjoying quality time together away from any bar. “Doing activities that aren’t conducive to drinking such as museums, galleries, fairs, and festivals could be fun. People who don’t drink often are the most creative when it comes to choosing fun dates,” says Dr. Nguyen.
- Create your new story and get honest.
In the spirit of 12-step recovery, which emphasizes the importance of self-honesty, aim for truthfulness in how you present yourself. If an on-line dating profile questionnaire asks how much you drink, don’t let fear about what others may think prevent you from checking the “Never” box. “Frame out when and how you plan to reveal what inspired your decision not to drink. Simply saying that you no longer drink alcohol is enough in the beginning. When you get to know someone better then share your story from a place of an achievement you’re proud of,” Dr. Nguyen encourages.
- Get clear on what you want in a partner.
If someone has an issue with you not drinking, then they clearly aren’t the right person for you and that’s okay. Decide if you would prefer to date someone who understands recovery, may even have been through it themselves or is a health enthusiast who also doesn’t drink.
Dr. Nguyen says that, “While there are a lot of benefits to dating those in recovery, it can also lead to risky situations. There are often times in which one partner relapses and the other follows, although this isn’t a guarantee.”
If you decide that you want to date non-recovering people, it’s best to have some clean time under your belt and be solid in your recovery, as this can lead to tempting situations.
- Trust your gut, nerves can be a good indicator!
Your nerves could very well be indicating that there is something there. That is, chemistry. Dr. Nguyen says, “Alcohol typically dulls our sensory and emotional experience so without it we’re open to the raucous disarray of emotions that warp us when we’re under the spell of a potential new love. Of course, that doesn’t make the experience of a new relationship any easier. Try to reframe the experience in a way that embraces these jitters.”
- Don’t make love the new addiction.
On top of the excitement that comes with meeting a potential new partner, scientifically we produce numerous hormones that can increase that excitement. “A new relationship can very much become a replacement drug,” says Dr. Nguyen. He adds, “Many confuse infatuation with love, so it’s a good idea is to take it slowly. Again, make sure that you are at a place emotionally that can handle all of the new feelings that come with dating and be prepared if relationships don’t end the way you expected.”
- Embrace the awkward.
“Being sober will probably increase the number of awkward pauses, says Dr. Nguyen. “We’re sharper and more present when we’re not drinking which can actually be used as an advantage to navigate conversation and ask the other person about themselves which enables a deeper connection and more trust,” he adds.
- Keep first dates short.
The majority of first dates that extend into the wee hours of the morning are alcohol fueled and can lead to unintended promiscuity. Dr. Nguyen suggests going into the date with a self-imposed time frame in mind, two to three hours and then making another date if there’s interest. For a recovering alcoholic, especially someone in early sobriety, being “forced” to bar hop will be like white knuckling it on a scary roller coaster.
If you feel dating is hard enough and are more comfortable with dating others who practice a sober lifestyle, there are many options:
About Dr. Duy Nguyen:
D.O. is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist at Beachway Therapy Center trained in general psychiatry who specializes in providing psychiatric care in a variety of settings including residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation, inpatient and outpatient mental health, and the VA Medical Center. Dr. Nguyen is committed to providing a high level of evidence-based psychiatric care in the drug rehabilitation setting in addition to having a holistic focus on healing and recovery.
About Beachway Therapy Center http://www.beachway.com
Beachway provides a continuum of care, from PHP (Partial Hospitalization Program) to Outpatient services. The facility offers a fully individualized treatment plan that meets the clinical and medical needs of each client usually lasting between 30 and 90 days. Beachway provides an extremely low client to therapist ratio and under high level professional supervision, clients can begin to recover in a safe, residential-like environment. CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) motivational interviewing, addiction counseling, 12-Step orientation, DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy,) trauma-informed practices and a wide variety of supportive group therapies are offered.
Joint Statement by Alderman Michael J. Murphy and Alderman Cavalier “Chevy” Johnson
The FDA’s announcement of a crackdown on E-cigarettes sales among youth is an encouraging step toward better public health for all.
In his statement, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., says use of e-cigarettes has reached an “epidemic proportion of growth” among young people. This echoes a long-time concern of ours and was our driving force behind sponsoring a comprehensive public health package addressing this very issue.
In May and June, the Common Council unanimously passed resolutions that prohibit use of e-cigarettes on City property and in public places where state law currently bans smoking and prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.
It was helpful to have established state statute that we as policy makers for the City of Milwaukee could codify into local law. So when a body with the scope and resources as the federal government is taking note of this issue, we are very encouraged we can continue to turn the tide.
It is vital the FDA follows through on its words. At the same time, it is not the time to become complacent just because the federal government is taking action. We need to continue sending the message to our youth that no matter what flavor they come in, e-cigarettes are both addictive for the user and harmful to those breathing in the secondhand smoke.
LARGO, MD (BlackNews.com) — Over 35 million children and 70 million adults suffer from trauma. Research shows that of the 45.7 million black people living in the United States, 16 percent had a diagnosable mental illness in the past year – that’s over 6.8 million people walking around with diagnosable, yet likely untreated mental illnesses.Dr. William “Flip” Clay, internationally renowned, award-winning counselor, has a solution to today’s societal mental health crisis — especially men. His new cutting-edge book, _The Diary of an Emotionally Constipated Man_, takes readers on a personal journey and recaps stories of resilience to break down what he calls “emotional constipation.”
The Diary of an Emotionally Constipated Man delves into topics including “Emotional Incarceration,” “Man Down: Father Gone,” “Love, Lies and Emotions,” and “Intergenerational Emotional Incarceration” among others. This text will transform men from the inside out. When men are healed, they can transform their families, communities, and generations to come.
Dr. William “Flip” Clay served as a contributor to the 2013 College Board School Counseling Journal Series Transforming the Educational Experience of Young Men of Color, and he appeared on the Steve Harvey Morning Show with W.H.U.R at Howard University, 96.3. In 2012, The National Association of Black School Educators awarded Dr. Clay with the National Marcus Forster Distinguished Educator of the Year Award, and in 2010, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice of the United States, recognized Dr. Clay as an “extraordinary role model and leader.” Dr. Clay continues to empower thousands of educators, families, communities, churches, youth, and childre