While the debates continue as to whether or not the Affordable Care Act (ACA) should be implemented, a key component of health reform that is often overlooked includes health equity and the elimination of disparities in health status and healthcare among vulnerable populations.
Initially, when Mary Lou Blakeney began collecting her Social Security benefits 18 months ago, it meant extra money for dining out, concerts, plays and traveling.
That abruptly changed a few months ago when the retired nurse and her husband of 38 years separated, and decided to divorce. Now, the 67-year-old who lives in High Point, N.C., uses her social security money to pay for life’s basics such as food, utilities, medicine and trips to the doctor.
The best teachers and schools cannot compensate for poor health, hunger, fear and sadness, violence, bullying or poverty. When students wrestle with these and other social barriers, they are more likely to miss school, do poorly on tests and drop out.
In evaluating the state of racism in 21st century America, some of the greatest change is coming from youth leaders. GlobalPolicy.TV, with permission is bringing you the second article in the special report on race in America series, Color Blinded: Do Americans See Race Too Much – or Not Enough? published by The American Prospect and Demos, in their April 2011 issue. This special report was funded in part by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
Laquandra Nesbitt discusses how environmental policy solutions can address issues of childhood obesity and other health problems in African American communities. The Live Well DC program is part of a comprehensive socio-economic approach to boosting health and wellness in communities in the D.C. area.
Ray Lewis, Baltimore Ravens Linebacker, discusses Hope Center concept of providing a place where former NFL players can mentor youth and get involved in the health of minority communities.
Working with health care organizations and communities, The Center for Health Disparities Solutions finds innovative ways to improve the health of people of color and positively affect national healthcare policy.
Afya Ibomu discusses her book The Vegan Soulfood Guide to the Galaxy as well as childhood obesity and the health of African Americans. The book offers great recipes containing foods that are common in traditional soulfood.
Ray Lewis, Baltimore Ravens Linebacker discusses how his foundation helps at-risk youth and focuses on the health of African Americans.
Ray Lewis talks about the process of educating at-risk youth to help them understand the larger picture of their health to prevent obesity.