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Ten staggering stats show how mental health care fails people of color

June 21, 2018

Nearly one in five American adults will deal with a mental health issue in a given year. While research and advocacy have come a long way when it comes to mental health, there’s still one area that is highly under-addressed: How mental illness affects people of color. There has been some progress in recent years… [Read More]

Untied Healthcare and Housing Authority host ‘Baby Box Community Baby Shower’

June 14, 2018

On Saturday, June 9, 2018, the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee (HACM), United Healthcare, and Baby Box, Co. presented the “Baby Box Community Baby Shower,” at the Cherry Court Apartments, 1525 N. 24th Street. The event featured workshops on safe sleeping, car seat safety, baby care, parenting, and breastfeeding. There were also opportunities… [Read More]

Protect your family from skin cancer

June 14, 2018

Although there are several different types of skin cancer, most don’t become life-threatening because they aren’t likely to spread to other parts of the body. Unfortunately, melanoma is different. If not caught early, melanoma can spread from the skin to other organs, often with deadly results. And this serious skin cancer is no longer considered… [Read More]

Addressing disparities in care for minorities with heart valve disease

June 14, 2018

Doctors and African American communities are obligated to learn more about heart valve disease and the lifesaving procedures available to treat it, according to a report from the Association of Black Cardiologists. “It is incumbent upon us as healthcare providers [to] do a better job educating our patients about heart valve disease,” said Dr. Aaron… [Read More]

Have fun in the sun this summer without compromising your health

June 7, 2018

By: Priscilla Q. Williams, RN As you and your family prepare to pull out the grill this summer, please don’t forget one important thing, your health. I remember the years as an emergency room nurse and seeing all the patients come in the ER with high blood pressure and elevated blood sugar levels due to… [Read More]

ADHD’s severity in women and girls is often overlooked

May 31, 2018

Women are often seen as talkative by nature, but the reality is, sometimes it can be more than that. Unfortunately, because of this stereotype, many people, doctors included, assume women don’t suffer as much from attention- deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as men. Furthermore, new findings suggest the medical community doesn’t appreciate the frequency and severity of… [Read More]

Milwaukee Chapter of the National Black Nurses Association celebrates National Nurses Week with grand party

May 23, 2018

On Saturday, May 12, 2018, the Milwaukee Chapter of the National Black Nurses Association (MCNBNA) celebrated National Nurses Week 2018 with a Nurse Week Day Party. Nurses, their friends and family from all over were invited to the party, hosted at the Holiday Inn Milwaukee Riverfront, 4700 N. Port Washington Rd. Attendees enjoyed music, light… [Read More]

What’s the hold up? Many with depression often delay and avoid treatment

May 23, 2018

Did you know, according to Mental Health America, African Americans are only 20 percent more likely to report serious psychological distress issues than whites? However, we face the hardest time expressing our emotions with family members and friends. Some African Americans simply don’t believe in depression even though they have to face discrimination, profiling, and… [Read More]

Get to know your blood pressure

May 17, 2018

High blood pressure is a common problem. If it’s not treated, it can lead to illnesses like heart attack or stroke. It’s sometimes called “the silent killer” because it has no signs or symptoms. You may not even know you have it. That’s why it’s important to have your blood pressure checked regularly. If you… [Read More]

Don’t shortchange consumers: Copays count

May 10, 2018

By Michael Beyer A new insurance policy could prove harmful to HIV patients and others living with chronic disease, who need to access and adhere to daily medications. Several insurers and employers are no longer allowing co-pay cards from drug manufacturers, which many patients use to lower their out-of-pocket costs, to count towards a patient’s… [Read More]