A remembrance of Edgar Santa Cruz

Published December 29, 2022 578 Views

“I’ll Be There.” - Edgar Santa Cruz Like so many, who have heard the news of Edgar Santa Cruz’s passing, we too are heartbroken. Edgar was an active member of the Latino Health Coalition convened here at Common Ground Health. While he was a man of few words, his actions spoke loudly. He could oft...

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African American Women Continue to Die at Higher Rates from Breast Cancer

African American Women Continue to Die at Higher Rates from Breast Cancer

Published March 4, 2020 2264 Views

The African American Health Coalition continues to sound the alarm about the disproportionately high rates of death for African American women from breast cancer.

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Care The Way You Want It: Cultural Humility in Health Care Providers

Care The Way You Want It: Cultural Humility in Health Care Providers

Published June 15, 2018 8569 Views

Per the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS) are respectful of and responsive to the health beliefs, practices and needs of diverse patients. Delivering care in this way is not only a good idea, it promotes better health for more people.

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African-American History in Health Care – When white folks catch a cold, black folks catch pneumonia

African-American History in Health Care – When white folks catch a cold, black folks catch pneumonia

Published June 5, 2018 2388 Views

It has been well-documented that African Americans fare worse than their white counterparts across various health indicators such as cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular heart disease, hypertension, sexually transmitted diseases and obesity.

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Medicaid is Vital for Health Services

Medicaid is Vital for Health Services

Published June 5, 2018 1901 Views

Medicaid has made it possible for our most vulnerable populations to receive medical care. As part of the new AHCA legislation, there would be drastic changes to Medicaid that would be devastating to the most vulnerable people of New York state and here in Monroe County.

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What Can We Do to Prevent STDs?

What Can We Do to Prevent STDs?

Published June 5, 2018 2080 Views

According to the 2012 Monroe County Department of Health’s Adolescent Health Report Card, 57% of high school students in the city of Rochester reported ever engaging in sexual activity.

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The Social Determinants of Health: Your Zip Code Matters

The Social Determinants of Health: Your Zip Code Matters

Published May 29, 2018 10516 Views

When it comes to your health, where you live matters.

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African-American Women Face Higher Risk of Death from Breast Cancer

African-American Women Face Higher Risk of Death from Breast Cancer

Published May 17, 2018 19822 Views

The African American Health Coalition encourages women to get screened for breast cancer.

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African Americans Can Do More to Reduce Tobacco-Related Illnesses

African Americans Can Do More to Reduce Tobacco-Related Illnesses

Published May 8, 2018 1842 Views

For African American communities in particular, tobacco-use rates are exceptionally disturbing, as 19.6 percent identify as regular tobacco users in Monroe County, compared to 10.6 percent of whites. Along with increased cancer risk, there is also an increased risk for developing heart disease, or stroke.

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Know Your HIV Status

Know Your HIV Status

Published May 7, 2018 1996 Views

HIV/AIDS is not the death sentence it once used to be. With help from community activists, researchers and scientists, HIV is now labeled a livable, manageable, chronic blood condition.

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Where You Live Can Significantly Impact Your Health

Where You Live Can Significantly Impact Your Health

Published May 7, 2018 1973 Views

Our homes should be a safe place to live, and raise a family. But what happens when our own homes make us sick, or poison us?

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Leadership Needed from the African-American Faith-Based Community

Leadership Needed from the African-American Faith-Based Community

Published May 1, 2018 1993 Views

Our clergy must use their power to lift up their congregations to overcome the issues that plague our neighborhoods.

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Is Incarceration a Catalyst for Worsening Health?

Is Incarceration a Catalyst for Worsening Health?

Published April 26, 2018 1896 Views

African Americans, who are most likely to be incarcerated, often have disproportionately high rates of many chronic and infectious diseases.

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Health Literacy: What Is It And Why Is It Important To Me?

Health Literacy: What Is It And Why Is It Important To Me?

Published April 20, 2018 2074 Views

health literacy is defined as “the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.”

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Do You See Me? Racism, Implicit Bias and Their Effects on Health

Do You See Me? Racism, Implicit Bias and Their Effects on Health

Published April 20, 2018 2612 Views

There is growing evidence showing that “implicit bias” among health care professionals can lead to unequal treatment of patients based on race. This unequal treatment can result in care decisions with poor outcomes.

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DSRIP 101: Strengthening the Medicaid Safety Net

DSRIP 101: Strengthening the Medicaid Safety Net

Published April 17, 2018 2558 Views

The DSRIP program in our region requires safety net providers to collaborate around the implementation of 11 innovative projects that seek to improve the health care system and better coordinate care. If done successfully, the region could potentially earn up to $565M to reinvest in health care.

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The opioid epidemic: how to help people with addiction

The opioid epidemic: how to help people with addiction

Published December 28, 2016 1706 Views

Maybe you have seen signs of an opioid addiction: empty prescription bottles, needle marks on an arm, or money gone missing and unexplained.

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Knowing signs of opioid addiction can save a life

Knowing signs of opioid addiction can save a life

Published November 30, 2016 2922 Views

Families are gathering for the holidays. People are seeing each other for the first time in possibly a long time. But something just doesn’t seem quite right with one family member.

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Getting healthy by getting involved with your care

Getting healthy by getting involved with your care

Published August 15, 2016 1634 Views

Are you comfortable telling your provider if a treatment isn’t working? Are you willing to give yourself a shot to manage a disease? Do you spend more time talking at your medical appointments than your doctor?

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Health Checkup: Keep kids active, learning in summer

Health Checkup: Keep kids active, learning in summer

Published May 9, 2016 1522 Views

If your kids are anything like mine, they’ve started the countdown to the first day of summer vacation, when they can forget about the days of homework and testing. But research shows that for most kids, summer break leads to summer learning loss and, for some, summer weight gain.

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