Karen Stokes Archives

Dr. Gina Paige changed the game with a business that traces our African roots and advocates for community involvement in clinical research

April 7, 2022

By Karen Stokes As National Minority Health Month begins, the All of Us Research Program and Hip-Hop & Health is highlighting Dr. Gina Paige, co-founder of African Ancestry. African Ancestry is the world leader in tracing maternal and paternal lineages of African descent and has helped more than 1,000,000 people reconnect with the roots of… [Read More]

Safe and fun summer activities in the age of the coronavirus pandemic

July 2, 2020

By Karen Stokes After being quarantined for months, the sun, blue skies and warm temperatures are calling us outdoors. However, the coronavirus is still a threat and there are concerns on how to safely engage in activities this summer. “Safer at Home” has given time for scientists to better understand how the virus spreads. While… [Read More]

Access to Wellness Resources and Healthy Food Started with a Nurse from the Neighborhood

June 18, 2020

By Karen Stokes Julia Means, community a nurse with Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital is known throughout her neighborhood as ‘The Nurse.’ As an intensive care nurse, she’s witnessed a lot of people coming to intensive care who were dying due to a lack of knowledge. “I felt if I could come out and do… [Read More]

Marsy’s Law helps give victims equal rights

March 19, 2020

By: Karen Stokes On April 7, 2020, Wisconsin voters will have an opportunity to use their voice to support equal rights for victims, survivors and their families by voting “yes” for the Marsy’s Law Crime Victims’ Rights Amendment to the Wisconsin Constitution. Marsy’s Law is named after Marsalee “Marsy” Nicholas of California, who was stalked… [Read More]

Sickle cell patient gives the gift of music at Ascension St. Joseph

December 19, 2019

By Karen Stokes Beautiful music has a calming effect and calm is important to hospital health care providers and patients. Jonathan Hood, a sickle cell patient, is giving back to the hospital where he spent time by sharing his talent playing piano in the lobby at Ascension St. Joseph’s Hospital. “The reason I play at… [Read More]

Ascension sponsors Blessing of the Baby event at Ebenezer Church of God in Christ

August 22, 2019

By Karen Stokes Years ago, Julia Means, community health ministry nurse with Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital, attended a conference that deeply affected her. At the conference, they discussed the fact that many babies born in Milwaukee were dying before the age of one. Shortly after, Means co-founded Blanket of Love. The Blanket of Love… [Read More]

Wisconsin Lt. Governor candidate Mandela Barnes looks to make a change

November 1, 2018

By Karen Stokes Mandela Barnes, former two term Wisconsin State Representative and candidate for lieutenant governor has been on the road with running mate Tony Evers to discuss the issues and have conversations with the people of this state. If elected, Barnes would be the first lieutenant governor of color in Wisconsin history. “Being a… [Read More]