When asked by a potential community partner what was the one thing that could be done to improve the health of its citizens, Dr. Adewale Troutman, the then newly appointed director for Louisville’s health department* answered, “to make sure that everyone graduates from high school”. Like many others, the community partner wondered - what does high school graduation have to do with health?
HealthCorps® (www.healthcorps.org), founded by heart surgeon and Emmy Award-winning talk show host Dr. Mehmet Oz, is fighting the crises of child obesity and dearth of mental resilience, especially in Afro-American and Hispanic populations across the country. In addition, HealthCorps serves as a research vehicle for creating optimal health messaging.
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.
Maya Rockeymore interviews Brian Smedley and discusses healthcare reform and issues of healthcare disparities among racial and ethnic minority populations. Reducing health disparities is essential to create health equity and strengthen the nation’s economic health overall.
Rich Hamburg, Director of Government Relations at Trust for America’s Health, discusses the difference between primary prevention and clinical prevention, cutting healthcare costs by preventing disease before it occurs and healthcare reform and policy surrounding these issues.