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The Division of Community Engagement produces a weekly, live, 60 minute radio program, ‘Good News Radio Magazine’, co-hosted by Ms. Melanie Rodriguez and Mr. Charles McWells. The major emphasis is on spiritual health and wellness and also features a 20 minute health report segment followed by questions and answers from the listening audience. CDU and community events relevant to the program are also announced during the broadcast.

This program is designed to promote equity in holistic health outcomes and research involvement by (1) teaching stress reduction techniques and coping skills over the radio (2) creating awareness of chronic disease risk reduction and prevention strategies in the community and (3) cultivating trust and interest in Community-Partnered Participatory Research. We invite Community-based Pastors, Spiritual Leaders, Healthcare Professionals, Academic Researchers and Community Members to share valuable, personal, professional, health and research information. Our goal is to engage and enlist the listeners as advocates for equity in holistic health and research involvement in the community.

Good News Radio Magazine is broadcast via Acceleratedradio.net on Wednesdays from 1-2pm.


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Community Build's GRYD Intervention and Prevention Programs: Tracy Jones, Jiren Stuckey

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 Tracy Green and Jiren Stuckey discuss Community Build, a program that was started in 1994 as response to the civil uprising of 1992. It was during a time when many youth needed work and skill building. As the years continued, they developed the Community Build Prevention Program and the Gang Reduction Youth Development Intervention program (GRYD). The prevention program works with 10-15 year olds to keep them away from the gang life. The GRYD program works with 14-25 year olds who are already engaged in negative associations. The program helps individuals meet their probation standards, engages them in positive activities, and provides post secondary education guidance. Last year, the 2 programs combined served about 1500 people over the course of the year. Community Build also has a homeless program where various businesses are invited to participate. Additionally, they have a vegan food giveaway twice a month. For more information call 323-290-6560 ext # 201 or email jstuckey@community.org.




(Rebroadcast) Medication Assisted Substance Abuse Treatment: Dr. Randolph Holmes

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 In this week’s episode, Dr. Randolph Holmes speaks about Medication Assisted Substance Abuse Treatment. The number of deaths in the U.S. due to narcotic and illegal drug overdoses has increased by 4 times in the past 10 years. There are about 60,000 deaths per year. Some individuals become addicted to prescribed pain medications. When physicians stop pain medication prescriptions some individuals look for other options, which result in addiction to heroine or injecting of crushed pain pills. Some individuals become tolerant to medications or drugs and begin to increase their doses. Medication Assisted Substance Abuse Treatment is the use of medication to treat substance abuse disorders as well as alcoholism. Such medications are taken in conjunction with other therapies and programs. These medications can block any euphoric side effects of a drug or remove the cravings for it. There are various types of medications that can be taken as a pill, injection, or as a dissolvable pill that goes under the tongue. For more information you can visit the SAMHSA website www.samhsa.gov.




(Rebroadcast) The Vegan Diet: Dr. Farid Zarif

Wednesday, July 04, 2018 This week’s guest speaker, Dr. Farid Zarif, speaks about the benefits of a vegan diet. Vegans are those that are against the killing of any animal. They do not eat any animal meats or byproducts of animals. Instead, they follow a plant based diet where most of their protein sources come from legumes, nuts, dark leafy greens, and fruits. Milk and most dairy products are replaced with coconut milk and soy. The benefits of a plant based diet are weight loss, healthier skin, healthier digestive tract, and it reduces the chances of getting heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, and various cancers. It is a lifestyle that Dr. Zarif encourages all to adapt for longer and healthier living. For more information visit DrZarif.com or call 310-926-5115.




How to Have a Happy and Healthy Retirement: Rev. Paul A. Hill, Dr. Randall Maxey

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 Reverend Paul A. Hill and Dr. Randall Maxey discuss the challenges of retirement and how to navigate through this period. Some of the main challenges people face during retirement is finding a sense of purpose in their lives, learning how to manage all their relationships with family and friends, how to fund their future, and how to manage life overall. Many times health tends to deteriorate due to being idle. Because of this it is vital to keep the mind and body active, be engaged in acts of service, eat healthy, and love oneself. They advise the audience to plan ahead and also make proper investments in the quality of life as well as investing money. Through proper planning and activeness, people can live a fruitful and happy life after retirement.




The WE CAN Foundation: Rev. Clarence Eziokwu Washington, Qebhu Ussery

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 The West-East Community Access Network (WE CAN) Foundation is a grass roots organization that provides access to educational and economic opportunities in technologically underserved communities. The organization was established in 1995 when a huge digital divide was realized. Later, it was found that there was a huge deficit in education, critical thinking, health, and wellness. Through the WE CAN Foundation many programs have been established to bring knowledge and resources regarding technology, education, agriculture, and life skills to the community. In response to an over 50% drop out rate in schools, they decided to enter the school districts. The first school was in Compton and now they serve 122 school districts as well as provide centers for those who home school. For more information on various programs at the WE CAN Foundation, call 323-293-9845 or visit the offices located at 4329 Degnan Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90008.




CDU Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing: Dr. Diane Breckenridge

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 The Dean of Charles R. Drew University Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing, Dr. Diane Breckenridge, provides a history and update on the school. The mission and goal of the school is in correlation with Charles R. Drew University as it is a student centered school committed to cultivating diverse professionals dedicated to social justice and health equality for the underserved population. In 2009, Charles R. Drew University got approval for a Masters in Science in Nursing. In August of 2010 the Nursing School building opened its doors with its first students matriculating through the program. The nursing school also provides a new and innovative skills and simulation laboratory facility. Between 2011 and 2016 many new executive and academic appointments were given, along with a 10 year accreditation for the program. Currently, there are 311 students enrolled in the nursing programs. A Doctorate of Nursing program is also planned for the future. For more information call 323-563-4839 or email at admisssionsinfo@cdrewu.edu. You can also visit https://www.cdrewu.edu/admissions.




Health Education Readiness Assessment in Churches: Pastor Rhonda Santifer

Wednesday, June 06, 2018 Pastor Rhonda Santifer discusses the Health Education Readiness Assessment project in churches, which is a collaboration between UCLA and Charles R. Drew University. Through the project, one hundred surveys were conducted throughout various churches in SPA 6 to determine where each church stood in regards to health awareness, education, and health education readiness. Following the surveys a conference will be held with all the participating churches to relay the outcomes and to discuss next steps. The church is a vital place in bringing health education to the community. It also serves as a place for people experiencing life threatening diseases to find support. For more information or if any church is interested in getting involved contact Pastor Rhonda Santifer at Rhondasantifer@cdrewu.edu.




Homeless Health Issues: Jennifer Anderson, Denise Smith

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 This week’s topic focuses on homeless health issues. Homelessness is defined as an individual who lacks a fixed or regular nighttime residence. There are about 58,000 homeless people currently in LA. The numbers continue to increase due to many reasons including lack of affordable housing and lack of jobs in the community. Men and women are impacted differently by homelessness and are overall disproportionately affected by various health issues. Many are affected by substance abuse, hypertension, mental health issues, diabetes, obesity, skin conditions, dental issues, Hepatitis A, and being struck by oncoming cars. The Downtown Women's Center provides various services and resources such as a full service clinic and community based housing. For more information visit. www.downtownwomenscenter.org.




Social Determinants of Health: Dr. Cynthia Gonzalez, Shaemion McBride

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 Social Determinants of Health are conditions in the environment in which people are born, live, play, worship, and age that often affect a wide range of their health and quality of life. Dr. Gonzalez elaborates on this topic alongside Shaemion McBride, a public health student who completed an exchange program in Cuba. In the 80's the US launched a Healthy People Initiative where certain health objectives were set for each decade. The 5 social determinants followed in the US are neighborhood and built environment, economic stability, health & healthcare, education, and social & community context. Overall, where a person lives directly impacts their health and livelihood. It is important to stay informed and aware in order to help improve one’s own social determinants through government, non-profits, or universities. Announcements: Wellington Square/Charles R. Drew University Farmers Market, Sundays 9 am – 1 pm, 4394 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016.




Teen Pregnancy: Raena Granberry

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 Reana Granberry, Community Health Liaison at Great Beginnings for Black Babies discusses Teen Pregnancy. Medically, the term Teen Pregnancy covers ages 15-19 years old as research has only been done on these ages thus far. In the US, there are over 229,000 teen pregnancies per year. This includes all pregnancies regardless whether the pregnancy is full-term. Black and Latina women are about two times more likely to have a teen pregnancy than White or Asians. This disparity is contributed to social economic disparities, dealing with abuse, trauma, and being part of the foster system. Teen pregnancy leads to higher risks of a pre-term baby, miscarriage, low birth weight, anemia, preeclampsia, or post-partum depression. There are many resources available to young boys, girls, and their parents such as Planned Parenthood, Project Fatherhood, Brotherhood Crusade, Claris Health Clinic, and many local women clinics. Great Beginnings for Black Babies can also be visited through all social media outlets.




Disaster Preparedness Continued: Earl Massey

Wednesday, May 09, 2018 Guest speaker, Earl Massey, discusses the Disaster Awareness Program and ways to be prepared for natural disasters. The purpose of the program is to bring awareness to the reality of potential disasters that can occur such as earthquakes, tsunamis, fires, ice storms, or floods. It provides preparedness education and seminars to communities, schools, churches, and businesses; and covers the topics of food, water, evacuation, power, and shelter. It is vital to have plans in place as well as stocking up on food and water. For more information you can visit www.disasterawarenessproject.com and receive a 10% discount from anything on the website using the code GNR2018. You can also directly contact Earl Massey at earthquakeearl@ourdap.com or call at 323-674-4363. Announcements: Cancer survivor and Care givers support group at Charles R. Drew University, Wednesdays 5pm - 6pm, 323-568-3329 or 323-568-3345; Emergency Food Shelter at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, 1511 E. 57th St. Los Angeles CA, every 2nd and 4th Saturday at 9:30am.




The Vegan Diet: Dr. Farid Zarif

Wednesday, May 02, 2018 This week’s guest speaker, Dr. Farid Zarif, speaks about the benefits of a vegan diet. Vegans are those that are against the killing of any animal. They do not eat any animal meats or byproducts of animals. Instead, they follow a plant based diet where most of their protein sources come from legumes, nuts, dark leafy greens, and fruits. Milk and most dairy products are replaced with coconut milk and soy. The benefits of a plant based diet are weight loss, healthier skin, healthier digestive tract, and it reduces the chances of getting heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, and various cancers. It is a lifestyle that Dr. Zarif encourages all to adapt for longer and healthier living. For more information visit DrZarif.com or call 310-926-5115.




Air Quality and Environmental Health: Dr. Jo Kay Ghosh, Sam Atwood

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Environmental Health is the relationship between people and their environment and how it affects their health. Elements of Environmental Health include water quality, food, soil contamination, and air quality. Air quality specifically is how healthful or unhealthful the air we breathe is due to natural or manmade pollution. The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) is a local government agency that is responsible for bringing healthful air to Southern California and helps meet federal health standards. SCAQMD is responsible for 17 million residents and 11 million vehicles. Unfortunately, Southern California has the worst air quality in the nation, and its air pollution disproportionately affects those areas with low socioeconomic levels. For more information visit www.aqmd.gov. To receive daily alerts on air quality conditions visit airalerts.org or call 1-800-CUTSMOG.




Supporting African American Churches to Promote Cancer Screening: Anna “Aziza” Lucas-Wright

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 The Present Your Body study which was led by Aziza Lucas-Wright, Dr. Mohsen Bazargan, and Loretta Jones, recruited 811 participants from 11 black churches of different denominations in South LA. This study was the forerunner for the project Supporting African American Churches to Promote Cancer Screening. Through this project community health advisors are trained, debriefed, and support is given to churches to implement the promotion of Cancer Screenings. This project is vital to the community as health disparities in SPA 6 are large. In the future this project will be implemented in Latino and Asian communities as well. For further information please call 323-898-6087. Announcements: Wellington Square/Charles R. Drew University Farmers Market, Sundays 9 am – 1 pm, 4394 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016.




(Rebroadcast) Anxiety: Dr. Curley Bonds

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 Anxiety is an emotional state of worry that has unpleasant psychological and physical symptoms. Worry becomes an anxiety disorder when it begins to impair your ability to function and continue with daily routines. About 16 million Americans suffer from anxiety, and less than 25% receive any type of treatment. About 20% of the population will suffer from symptoms of anxiety at least once in their life. Anxiety can cause panic attacks which results in heart palpitations, shortness of breath, or being lightheaded. Other physical symptoms are sweaty palms, muscle tension, nausea, and diarrhea. Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is caused when someone has been exposed to a life threatening event or was put at risk of losing a limb. Some examples are exposure to combat, domestic trauma, or any violent experience. The first steps in dealing with anxiety are to seek help from family, friends, faith based communities, or other lay providers. Exercise can also normalize Cortisol hormones which ultimately reduces anxiety and depression. If this does not help, cognitive behavior therapy and medications are options. For more information call 1-800-390-2520 or call the LA County Department of Mental Health at 1-800-8540-7771 for more resources. Announcements: Cancer survivor and Care givers support group at Charles R. Drew University, Wednesdays 5pm - 6pm, 323-568-3329 or 323-568-3345




Alcohol Abuse Awareness: Becky Rau, Dawn Alfonso

Wednesday, April 04, 2018




Influenza: Dr. Derrick Butler

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 Influenza is a virus that cannot be treated with antibiotics. The virus infects cells in the body and causes fevers, body aches, cough, difficulty breathing, and various GI symptoms. It can be spread through contact even before symptoms begin to show. Influenza has various genotypes and is most prevalent from late September to late March. There were about 4,000 deaths last year due to the flu virus. It most commonly affects the elderly, children, and those with chronic illness. The virus has to take its full course, which can range anywhere from 7-10 days. Although there are no antibiotics or medications to treat Influenza, it is important to stay hydrated, manage any fevers, and to get rest. Influenza can sometimes be prevented by taking a medication called Tamiflu or by getting the flu shot. For more information the listening audience can call 1-888-700-9995 or visit publichealth.lacounty.gov.




Substance Use Disorders: Chris Botten

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 Substance Use Disorder is defined as a medical condition where the use of drug or alcohol leads to the impairment of mind and body. The most common Substance Use Disorders are alcohol, marijuana, and prescription medications. Within the past 10-15 years, there has also been an increase in the use of heroin and methamphetamines. According to the National Survey of Drug Use and Health, about 17 million Americans have an alcohol use disorder and there are about 2.1 million deaths per year due to drug use disorder. Symptoms of this disorder can be altered mood, anxiety, aggression, dilated pupils, agitation, and itchy skin, to name a few. Beginning July of 2017 Medi-Cal has expanded treatment to cover the entire continuum of treatment. Prior to this, only limited outpatient treatment was covered. For more information on treatment options and resources visit http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/sapc/ or dhs.lacounty.gov.




Medication Assisted Treatement: Dr. Randolph Holmes

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 In this week’s episode, Dr. Randolph Holmes speaks about Medication Assisted Substance Abuse Treatment. The number of deaths in the U.S. due to narcotic and illegal drug overdoses has increased by 4 times in the past 10 years. There are about 60,000 deaths per year. Some individuals become addicted to prescribed pain medications. When physicians stop pain medication prescriptions some individuals look for other options, which result in addiction to heroine or injecting of crushed pain pills. Some individuals become tolerant to medications or drugs and begin to increase their doses. Medication Assisted Substance Abuse Treatment is the use of medication to treat substance abuse disorders as well as alcoholism. Such medications are taken in conjunction with other therapies and programs. These medications can block any euphoric side effects of a drug or remove the cravings for it. There are various types of medications that can be taken as a pill, injection, or as a dissolvable pill that goes under the tongue. For more information you can visit the SAMSHA website www.samhsa.gov.




Soul Food is Slave Food: Dr. Farid Zarif

Wednesday, March 07, 2018 Dr. Zarif is an expert in holistic health and nutrition. In this week’s episode he explains soul food and its negative effects on the body. Soul food is essentially slave food that was used in order to survive. It is not food from the motherland; rather it is food that arose through creativity from a lack of options in food. Many soul food recipes have an excess amount of salt, sugar, and fats, which over time can cause health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, gout, cancer, and obesity. Such foods also stimulate and create reactions in the body similar to opioids or drugs. Eating these types of foods can result in a dopamine deficit which can lead to depression. The closer to nature a food is the healthier and cleaner the body will be. Although it is hard to avoid soul food altogether, small steps can be made to reduce the amount of salt, sugar, and fat intake. For more information call 310-926-5115 or attend workshops and classes at 5840 La Tijera Blvd. Los Angeles, 90056.




Anxiety: Dr. Curley Bonds

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 Anxiety is an emotional state of worry that has unpleasant psychological and physical symptoms. Worry becomes an anxiety disorder when it begins to impair your ability to function and continue with daily routines. About 16 million Americans suffer from anxiety, and less than 25% receive any type of treatment. About 20% of the population will suffer from symptoms of anxiety at least once in their life. Anxiety can cause panic attacks which results in heart palpitations, shortness of breath, or being lightheaded. Other physical symptoms are sweaty palms, muscle tension, nausea, and diarrhea. Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is caused when someone has been exposed to a life threatening event or was put at risk of losing a limb. Some examples are exposure to combat, domestic trauma, or any violent experience. The first steps in dealing with anxiety are to seek help from family, friends, faith based communities, or other lay providers. Exercise can also normalize Cortisol hormones which ultimately reduces anxiety and depression. If this does not help, cognitive behavior therapy and medications are options. For more information call 1-800-390-2520 or call the LA County Department of Mental Health at 1-800-8540-7771 for more resources.




Connectivity in the Community a Conference on Autism Spectrum Disorders: Anna "Aziza" Lucas-Wright, Dr. Jolan Smith

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 Autism spectrum disorder is a developmental disorder that affects the brain. It is characterized by difficulty in social communication such as poor eye contact, proximity to speaker, understanding what is appropriate to talk about, or language impairment. It is also characterized by restrictive and repetitive behavior such as repeated movement or limited interest in anything. About 1 in 68 children are affected with Autism; boys are 5 times more likely to be affected. The Autism Intervention Research Network on behavioral health is a federally funded network that collaborates with 9 research universities. The focus is in advancing the evidence base for behavioral treatments for children in undeserved and minority communities. The guest speakers invite the listening audience to attend the Power of Connectivity in the Community: A Conference on Autism Spectrum Disorders which will be held on March 16th from 8 am-3 pm. It will take place at Holman United Methodist Church located at 3320 West Adams Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90018. The Building Better Bridges project is also currently enrolling children within the L.A. Unified School District who are transitioning into the next major grade change. For more information call 310-825-4775 or visit airbnetwork.org.




Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: Anju Franklin, Raena Granberry

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the unexpected death of a child before the age of one. It is the third leading cause of infant death in the United States. About 2,500 children die per year in the nation due to SIDS. Black babies are also two times more at risk than any other race. The cause for SIDS is still unknown. However, there are many known methods of prevention such as ensuring an infant is put to sleep on his or her back, avoiding soft bedding, placing fitted sheets in crib, no toys or extra blankets in crib, and no bottle when sleeping. Breastfeeding also prevents SIDS by 50 percent as breastfeeding prevents respiratory infections. Great Beginnings for Black Babies conducts the Black Infant Health Program which is a state wide program that educates mothers on stress reduction, empowerment, pre and post natal nutrition, and many other topics. It includes 10 weeks of prenatal courses, case management services, and 10 weeks of postpartum courses. African American women over the age of 18 who are under 30 weeks pregnant are eligible. For more information call 310-677-7995 or visit www.gbbb-la.org. Announcements: Emergency Food Shelter at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church located at 1511 E. 57th St. Los Angeles CA every 2nd and 4th Saturday at 9:30am




Health Implications of Legalized Marijuana: John Gray

Wednesday, February 07, 2018 Marijuana is a dried leaf of a cannabis plant and is the most commonly used illicit substance. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, about 11 million young adults aged between 18-25 uses Marijuana. It is legal in 30 states with 22 for medicinal use and 8 for recreational use. It can be inhaled, eaten, or consumed as a beverage. Marijuana is used for a variety of reasons such as relieving pain, reducing migraines, decreasing inflammation, helping with sleep disorders, or for recreational use. However, with constant use, Marijuana can have mental and physical effects such as lung infections, increased heart rate, heart attacks, trouble breathing, mental impairment, paranoia, anxiety, and depression to name a few. The guest speaker, John Gray, discusses the many services available for those who become addicted. There is evidence based therapies, individual counseling, group counseling, family therapy, as well as services that link people to care, housing, and jobs. For more information on health consequences of legalized marijuana visit www.drugabuse.gov. Announcements: Cancer survivor and Care givers support group at Charles R. Drew University, Wednesdays 5pm - 6pm, 323-568-3329 or 323-568-3345; Wellington Square/Charles R. Drew University Farmers Market, Sundays 9 am – 1 pm, 4394 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016.




Charles R. Drew University Updates: Dr. David Carlisle

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 Dr. Carlisle, President and CEO of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, provides history and updates on the university. Charles R. Drew University was founded 51 years ago in response to the Watts revolt of 1965. During that time, South Central Los Angeles and the Watts/ Willowbrook area were without educational services or healthcare. Currently, CDU is in the midst of trying to expand. In June of 2018, there will be two new residency programs, Psychiatry and Family Medicine. The university was awarded $800,000 to support these residency programs. There is also a 25% higher enrollment rate in the undergraduate level compared to last year. As CDU expands, the goal is to provide more services to its students such as student housing, new and improved classrooms, and a student center. The undergraduate school has also added two new majors, Urban Community Health Science and Radiologic Technology along with an energized lab to conduct real X-rays. Dr. Carlisle explains the mural of Dr. Martin Luther King, painted by Shawn Michael Warren, as being an affirmation of the importance and success of the Covered California exchange. Lastly, he informs the listening audience of upcoming events at the university. Announcements: Cancer survivor support group at Charles R. Drew University, Wednesdays from 5-6pm. Cancer survivors and family care givers welcome. For more information call 323-568-3329 or 323-568-3345; Emergency Food Shelter at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church located at 1511 E. 57th St. Los Angeles CA every 2nd and 4th Saturday at 9:30am




Sexual Harassment: Marion Guerrero, Carol Lark

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 Sexual harassment has been an existing issue for many years; however, recently woman are reporting it at higher rates as they are no longer tolerating it. Sexual harassment is defined as unwanted conduct of a sexual nature, which is for the purpose of violating someone’s dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment. Unwelcome sexual advancements or sexual favors, whether physical or verbal, where submission to it is a condition for ones advancement or stability in a job is also sexual harassment. Some examples of sexual harassment are sexual jokes, unwanted touching or neck rubs, rape, cat calls, and eye winking, to name a few. It can cause victims to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, eating disorders, or personality disorders. Trauma affects people not only physically, but mentally. The guest speakers’ share that about 63 % of people will experience sexual assault at some point in their life. Unfortunately, many victims feel shame and will not seek help or support. They encourage everyone who thinks they may be a victim to speak out and report the case. Listeners are advised to call 211 or visit RAINN.org for more information and resources. Announcements: Cancer survivor support group at Charles R. Drew University, Wednesdays from 5-6pm. Cancer survivors and family care givers welcome. For more information call 323-568-3329 or 323-568-3345




Female Libido: Dr. Gail Wyatt

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Dr. Gail Wyatt is a professor and director of the UCLA Sexual Health Program as well as the director of the Center for Culture, Trauma, and Mental Health Disparities. Dr. Wyatt explains the woman’s libido as being the sex drive, which is important for one’s health. The foods consumed, chemicals, and hormones in ones body all play a part in a person’s sex drive. Hyper sexuality is when ones libido is more than an average person whereas hypo sexuality is when one has a low libido, low interest, or is not consistent. The hormones released during sexual activity can stimulate the brain, increase interest in many things, energize, and improve moods. Women reach their peak libido at the age of 40. There are not many medications currently in the market to increase a woman’s libido except for Flibanserin, which can be prescribed by a physician. Sexual activity can improve overall health; however, Dr. Wyatt stresses that it must be done in a responsible manner. Announcement: Adolescent Emotional Well Being conference, January 26th 8 am-3:30 pm, Torrance Cultural Arts Center 3330 Civic Center Dr. Torrance, CA. 90503. For more information call 323- 392-2002.




Acupuncture 101: Jewel Thais-Williams

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Acupuncture is one of several modalities that are used in Chinese medicine. It utilizes small needles which are inserted into the body. All diseases and pains come from one of 12 main channels or meridians of the body being blocked. By inserting needles into specific areas of the body, these channels are opened and health can be restored. Acupuncture originated in Egypt, migrated to Asia, and ultimately spread to the US in the 1800’s. The study of acupuncture takes 6 years to obtain a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine as well as a license to practice. The guest speaker, Jewel Thais-Williams, started a clinic that later became the Village Health Foundation which provides affordable and professional services in complementary medicine. Acupuncture, nutritional services, weight loss services, various herbal and supplemental formulas are all offered at the foundation. Ms. Thais-Williams became a pillar in the community, not only for the Village Health Foundation she established, but also for the nightclub she opened in the 1970s. The Catch One nightclub offered a place of acceptance for black and queer people who were turned away from most places of nightlife. For more information on acupuncture or services provided, you can visit Villagehealthfoundation.com or 4077 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA or call 323-733-0471. Announcements: Cancer survivor support group at Charles R. Drew University every Wednesday from 5-6pm. Cancer survivors and family care givers are welcome. For more information call 323-568-3329 or 323-568-3345; Wellington Square/Charles R. Drew University Farmers Market Sundays 9 am – 1 pm, 4394 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016.




Bone Health and Vitamin D: Dr. Steven Schwartz, Dr. David Martins

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 Bones are critical for not only structure and movement, but also are critical for the body’s metabolism. They are a pool for Calcium that is vital for the function of the brain, heart, and muscles. Bones are composed of hard minerals as well as live cells. All of the body’s blood cells are formed in the bone marrow and are replaced every 120 days. To maintain bone health one should ensure proper intake of Vitamin D, healthy foods, and daily physical activity. Lack of physical activity, improper nutrition, smoking, and drinking can all attribute to weakened bones. Vitamin D is important not only for insuring calcium is absorbed, but also to make sure it reaches the bones. Vitamin D deficiency has also been associated with many heart, brain, and auto immune diseases. Pregnant or nursing mothers, people over 40 years of age, or those who take water pills should take Vitamin D. For those who feel they may have bone health issues, Dexa scans which measure bone density, can be preformed. Prevention is key to avoiding bone loss, many diseases, or loss of movement. Announcements: Announcements: Emergency Food Shelter at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church located at 1511 E. 57th St. Los Angeles CA every 2nd and 4th Saturday at 9:30am; Wellington Square/Charles R. Drew University Farmers Market Sundays 9 am – 1 pm, 4394 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016




Pregnancy Planning and Folate: Dr. Tracy Robinson, Dr. Rachelle Bross

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 Over fifty percent of pregnancies in America are unplanned. It is very important for couples to plan their pregnancies through discussing timelines, number of children, or any health issues. Pregnancy planning is important for both men and women. Everyone should do a self assessment; address any social history of smoking or drinking, weight problems, or diseases. It is also vital for women to take folic acid one month prior to trying to conceive as well as 3 months into the pregnancy. Folic acid can prevent anemia in pregnant mothers and prevent neural tube birth defects in babies. In general, couples need to optimize their health and plan for the future together as a team. The CDC offers various resources for pregnancy planning with the Life Plan Tool Kit being a highly recommended resource for couples. Announcements: Emergency Food Shelter at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church located at 1511 E. 57th St. Los Angeles CA every 2nd and 4th Saturday at 9:30am; Wellington Square/Charles R. Drew University Farmers Market Sundays 9 am – 1 pm, 4394 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016




Yoga: Noor Singh, Khet Nu Nefer

Wednesday, December 06, 2017 Yoga is translated as union in Sanskrit and is an ancient art and technique of connecting the body, mind, and spirit. It is a technique of using breath to control the mind and emotions. The long-term benefits of practicing yoga are creating a stable body system to minimize and eliminate various diseases. It is designed to oxygenate the body and improve the glandular system, nervous system, and all internal organs. It also helps people with drug addition, alcoholism, and stress. Furthermore, the health benefits of garlic and turmeric are also discussed. The International Black Yoga Teachers Association is a group of individuals that come together who practice all forms of Yoga and spread knowledge about all of Yoga's health benefits. For more information call 877- 291-0454 or visit Krishnakaur.org. Announcements: Emergency Food Shelter at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church located at 1511 E. 57th St. Los Angeles CA every 2nd and 4th Saturday at 9:30am; Wellington Square/Charles R. Drew University Farmers Market Sundays 9 am – 1 pm, 4394 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016




Social Isolation: Dr. Bowen Chung

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 Guest speaker, Dr. Bowen Chung, describes social isolation as how socially connected people are to others and various social groups. Loneliness is a more subjective feeling that individuals feel. One can be very socially connected to a number of people and groups while at the same time still feel isolated and lonely as they do not perceive any connections as deep and meaningful. About 30-40 percent of Americans feel socially isolated or lonely, and it is continuing to rise. Groups that seem to feel the loneliest are Senior Citizens and minority men. Many studies have shown that there is a relationship between social connectedness and premature mortality. Dr. Chung advises the listening audience to visit the Surgeon Generals website for more information or resources on how to overcome social isolation and loneliness. Announcements: Emergency Food Shelter at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church located at 1511 E. 57th St. Los Angeles CA every 2nd and 4th Saturday at 9:30am.




START and Art House: A Model for LGBTQ Recovery: Susan Forrest, John-Carlos Fabian

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 Susan Forest and John Carlos-Fabian discuss health disparities that the LGBT community experience. Lesbian women deal with sexual trauma, higher rates of Cancer, smoking, and suicide. Gay men deal with issues around body image, have higher rates of Cancer, HIV, and mental illness. The transgender community deal with all the above health issues, but on a more magnified scale. Substance abuse is also a higher rate within the LGBT community as they isolate themselves and seek other ways of dealing with their health issues, loneliness, and the stigma that surrounds them. The Substance Use Treatment and Reentry and Transition (START) program is tailored for men who are incarcerated. The goal is to enroll as many inmates in the program to get them started with substance abuse treatment. The program offers various services, but has 3 major components which include living in balance, seeking safety, and mindfulness. The Art House is a recovery bridge housing program that provides a safe interim living environment for people who are homeless and are in an outpatient program for substance abuse. To be eligible one has to be over the age of 18, have Medi-Cal, and be one of the 7 target populations. For more information about either program, the listening audience can call 626-314-3333. Annoucements: Wellington Square/Charles R. Drew University Farmers Market Sundays 9 am – 1 pm, 4394 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016




(Rebroadcast) Teen Sexual Assault: Tiombe Wallace

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 Sexual Assault is unwanted touching of any kind without affirmative consent and ongoing enthusiastic participation. It is reported that 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually assaulted; however, not all victims report it. Contrary to what many people think, sexual assault is not always done by strangers-many teens either like, love, or know the person who assaults them. Power and control can be factors for the offenders. Sexting and revenge texts are another form of sexual assault. This can provide an avenue for bullies and predators to continue the sexually assault their victims. Treatment for sexual assault should be trauma informed and victim-led. One method is creative expression, which can include dance, spoken word, painting, etc... Announcements: Wellington Square/Charles R. Drew University Farmers Market Sundays 9 am – 1 pm, 4394 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016




The ABC’s of Hepatitis: Dr. Derrick Butler

Wednesday, November 08, 2017 This week’s guest speaker, Dr. Derrick Butler, discusses Hepatitis A, B, and C. The liver is responsible for cleaning the blood and body of any toxins as well as converting glucose into fats and proteins. Hepatitis is when there is inflammation or damage to the liver. It can appear in the body from a virus, metabolic issues, or alcohol consumption. About 80-90 percent of Hepatitis cases are from viruses. The most common ones are Hepatitis A, B, and C. In the U.S. there are about 3,000 cases of Hepatitis A, which can be transmitted through the fecal-oral route. Hepatitis B and C are transmitted through the contact of body fluids like blood or semen through needles, sex, or anything penetrating the body. There are approximately 4 million people living with Hepatitis C in the U.S. Hepatitis causes acute illness for the first few weeks and then the virus persists in the body without symptoms. It slowly damages the body over time. Common symptoms are fever, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and in some severe cases cause jaundice. There is no cure for Hepatitis A; however, a healthy body can usually rid itself of the virus on its own. There is also no cure for Hepatitis B, but there are medications that can suppress it throughout a person’s life. Hepatitis C does have a cure through multiple available medications. The best ways to prevent this disease is through vaccinations and proper hygiene. If interested in more information or making an appointment with Dr. Butler call 323-730-1920 or visit T.H.E Clinic at 3834 S Western Ave. in Los Angeles.




Teaching Through Technology Resource Symposium: Dr. Tina Kandakai, Darlene Parker-Kelly

Wednesday, November 01, 2017 Dr. Tina Kandakai and Darlene Parker-Kelly discuss the various technology resources available at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) as well as the upcoming Teaching through Technology Resource Symposium. The university tries to ensure that it creates a fun, effective, and efficient environment that enhances the learning and experiences of faculty, administration, and students. The purpose of the symposium is to reintroduce faculty to current technology that is available at CDU to adapt into the classroom such as Blackboard, Lecture Capture, and video conferencing capabilities. It is also to inform faculty, students, and staff of all the new advances in technology that are available to help the university decide which should be purchased. The event will take place on Friday, November 17th from 8:30 am -1:30 pm at CDU in the KECK auditorium. The symposium will begin with a continental breakfast and keynote speaker Raul Nandi from Livetext Systems. This will be followed by 3 concurrent sessions on web based audio response system, advise stream, and updates on the blackboard system. There will also be technology stations throughout the Keck building to sample various platforms. For more information visit www.cdrewu.edu/facdeve-assess or call 323-357-3696.




A Veteran’s Affair: The Hospital to Community Project: Dr. Adriana Izquierdo

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 Veterans are an important part of society that has historically received poor access to healthcare. The Hospital to Community (H2C) project is part of a study called Care Coordination for Vulnerable Veterans which is funded by the Veteran’s Affairs (VA). It is unique because it uses a community-based and partnered model approach to develop, implement, and evaluate community enhanced care coordination to help veterans and their families. The H2C project is part of an overall larger study called the Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) which is a national VA effort to improve the health and care of veterans. They work directly with veterans and community-based organizations in designing the intervention. The community-based organization work group and veterans work group provide direct expertise on their own experience, their families experience, health access issues, how they felt they were treated in the community, and various other topics. Eligibility for the study is being a veteran or a family member related to a veteran. For more information on the H2C project call 323-292-2002. Dr. Izquierdo invites the community to their Stand Down Reach Back event taking place on November 4, 2014 from 10 am to 3 pm at Leimart Park located at 4305 Degnan Ave, Los Angeles 90008. It is a community event organized for veterans by veterans and in partnership with HAAF and the VA Research Group. The objective is to provide direct services and screenings for veterans as well as a celebration of veteran’s struggles and strength.




Disaster Preparedness: Earl Massey

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 Disasters can take many different forms, and the duration can range from an hourly disruption to days or weeks. They can range from natural, man- made, or technological disasters. Some examples of these include earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, terrorism, or cyber-attacks. Disasters can take away any sense of normality as many things happen economically, psychologically, and mentally. With the recent increase in disasters, it is vital that everyone learn how to be properly prepared. The CEO of the Disaster Preparedness Project, Earl Massey, holds seminars for the community to build awareness. Preparedness begins with awareness that is put into action. When a disaster occurs, there is immediate destruction and damage, which is followed by emotional and psychological effects. Mr. Massey advises the listening audience to have a disaster plan prepared. This includes having basic necessities ready such as food, water, and shelter. Families should also prepare an evacuation plan, plans on how to pick up children from their schools, plans on who will pick up children, 3 days’ worth of supplies in the car, and 14 days’ worth of food and water at home along with an evacuation kit. For more information the audience is encouraged to call 323-674-1372 or visit www.disasterawarenessproject.com.




Kaiser Permanente Watts Counseling and Learning Center: Maria Aguire, Dr. Chris Hickey

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 This week’s guest speakers, Maria Aguirre and Dr. Hickey, discuss the Kaiser Permanente Watts Counseling and Learning Center. The center began as a result of the 1965 Watts civil unrest. It was created to provide educational and mental health resources to families in the Greater Watts area and throughout SPA 6. The goal is to strengthen individuals which ultimately will strengthen the community. The center offers a variety of services such as counseling, educational therapy, accredited preschool education, academic coaching, and college preparatory programs. The center also collaborates with various organizations to partner in community events. Currently they have partnered with organizations to provide food giveaways as well as host the Watts Healthy Farmers Market which takes place every Wednesday from 10am-3pm outside of the outpatient center at Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital. For more information on the Kaiser Permanente Watts Counseling and Learning Center and the services it offers you can call 323-564-7911 or visit the center located at 1465 103rd St. Los Angeles 90002.




Allergies: Dr. Michelle Yasharpour

Wednesday, October 04, 2017 Dr. Yasharpour, an immunology and asthma specialist, discusses the topic of Allergies. Currently, over 50 million people in the U.S. live with allergies. The body has antibodies that are programmed to fight infections and harmful pathogens. However, an allergic reaction takes place when the body responds to something that is harmless to most people. The IGE antibody begins to fight against pollens, certain foods, dust mites, molds, or other types of harmless things. Some of the symptoms that can be experienced are runny nose, itchy nose, fatigue, congestion, difficulty breathing, and in some cases allergies can be deadly. There are both skin and blood tests that can be preformed to investigate and help narrow down which specific things cause allergic reactions in certain individuals. The main risk factor for allergies is genetics. If allergies are well taken care of, a person can still live a comfortable and fruitful life. There are no methods to prevent allergies from forming; however, some studies show that early introduction to certain foods such as peanuts can help prevent the allergy from developing. Those who suffer from allergies can sometimes be prescribed injectable Epinephrine which is adrenalin. For more information on allergies and how to treat them you can visit www.aai.org/, www.acaai.org/, or www.Allergybeverlyhills.com. Dr. Yasharpour is also available by telephone at 310-275-0380.




(Rebroadcast) Opioid Use Disorder: Bill Tarkanian

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 Bill Tarkanian is the Director of Outpatient and Community Services at the Los Angeles Centers for Drug and Alcohol Abuse (L.A. CADA). He explained that Opioid Use Disorder includes both illicit and prescription drugs. There are three classifications: mild, moderate and severe. The current opioid epidemic is not fueled by heroin as some might think. Instead misuse of prescription drugs is the culprit, and the average person affected is a Caucasian male or female in their 40’s. Opioid Use Disorder usually occurs when a person is prescribed an opioid to deal with pain and their tolerance level increases, causing them to become dependent or addicted. Although opioid withdrawal is not fatal, it can be extremely uncomfortable. However, there are medications available to help cope with withdrawal symptoms and cravings. These medications work best when combined with other treatments such as counseling or group therapy. For more information on L.A. CADA go to www.lacada.com.




The Importance of Clinical Preventive Services – One Year Later: Dr. Kenrik Duru, Peggy Toy

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 This week’s guest speakers discussed the Healthy Aging Partnerships in Prevention Initiative (HAPPI), an academic- community partnership to increase clinical preventative services for African American and Latinos aged 50 years and older residing in South LA. The program is a collaboration between community and health care providers to jointly address health issues. Some key partners include 8 Federally Qualified Health Centers, Los Angeles Department of Public Health, Office of Women’s Health, and the Department of Aging. The program arose when there was a realization that not one entity can solve complex problems in the healthcare system, instead it was necessary to gather everyone’s resources into one force. Prevention is more effective than cure; therefore, 6 services are provided through the program. These 6 services include cancer screening, cervical cancer screening, colorectal screening, cholesterol testing, flu shots, and pneumococcal vaccines. Thus far, 400 clinical preventative services have been provided. For more information you can visit healthpolicy.ucla.edu or happyambassadors.com.




Shopping for Better Health: Dr. Farid Zarif

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 Dr. Farid Zarif, a nutritionist and author, takes the listening audience on a virtual grocery store shopping trip. The most important advice he relays is to enter a grocery store with a plan and mission. It should not be unplanned and impulsive as this leads to choosing many unhealthy options. Foods that are the healthiest and that should be purchased are those that are closest to nature. Examples of this are raw fruits and vegetables as opposed to boxed or canned items. It is also vital to read food labels and avoid those that are high in sodium, sugar, or are highly processed. Along with healthy food choices, exercise is very important in avoiding chronic diseases. Ultimately, a shopping cart should have at least one food from each food group: whole grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables. Dr. Zarif believes all meats should be avoided, but if consumed should be prepared by either baking or broiling. For more information or if you are interested in purchasing his new book “Whole Food Plant Based Cookbook” you can call 800-683-8875 or visit Drzarif.com. He can also be contacted on Twitter or Instagram through his social media handle @fzarif.




Childhood Obesity: Dr. Michael Goran

Wednesday, September 06, 2017 Dr. Goran is a professor in the department of Preventative Medicine at USC as well as the Co-director for the Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute. He defines childhood obesity as being a child that has a BMI higher than 95%. BMI is weight divided by height. The causes of childhood obesity can be complex and multifaceted. Factors can span from individual factors such as genetics or early life nutrition to environmental factors such as access to healthy foods. Those with childhood obesity have a higher risk for Type 2 Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, liver disease, or interference with the development process. If an individual remains obese through their adolescence there is an 18% risk of maintaining a state of obesity through adulthood. Parents play a huge role in modeling healthy lifestyles changes for their children and family as an entire unit. Making small changes such as avoiding processed foods and those high in sugar can help prevent obesity which can ultimately prevent lifelong risks. Dr. Goran is currently working on 3 different studies relating to obesity. For more information on his studies or work you can visit www.Secondhandsugars.com or visit his Twitter handle @MicaelGoran. Announcements: Wellington Square/Charles R. Drew University Farmers Market Sundays 9 am – 1 pm, 4394 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016; Emergency Food Shelter every second and fourth Saturday at 9:30 am located at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Center 1511 E. 52nd St., Los Angeles, CA. For further information contact Lavonne Spicer Moore at 310-630-9530




MELA Counseling Services Center, Inc: Kathy Salazar, Ashly Hernandez

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 This week Kathy Salazar explains MELA, a counseling program for substance abuse in the community. Ms. Salazar founded MELA because she saw a need in the community for such services. The program focuses on substance use recovery through a Christian and abstinence based curriculum. MELA’s clients range in age from 12 years old up to senior adults and approximately 30 clients enrolled at one time. A member of MELA, Ms. Ashly Hernandez spoke about her drug addiction story and how MELA supported her. Ms. Hernandez shares how she began abusing marijuana, alcohol, Adderall, and methamphetamines because of stress that surrounded her life. She was struggling to financially support her son as well as witnessing her father and siblings suffer from drug addiction. Generational addiction is typical, and MELA focuses on trying to stop the cycle. Through the help of MELA she was able to make lifestyle changes and is currently working towards a college degree. Further success stories or more information on MELA can be found on melacounseling.org or by calling 323-721-6855.




Heart Failure and Ventricular Assist Devices: Dr. David Martins, Herbert McElroy, Janet McElroy

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 Dr. Martins discusses heart failure and Ventricular Assist Devices. Heart failure is when the heart is not pumping enough blood that it receives for the benefit of the body. A normal heart pumps out at least 40% of the blood it receives. When the heart is pumping less than 30% it is considered to be a heart that is failing. When both the left and right sides of the heart fail it is called congestive heart failure. The right side of the heart is responsible for pumping blood to the lungs, and the left side pumps blood to the rest of the body. Symptoms of right-side heart failure are swelling of the liver and legs as well as gut congestion. Left-side heart failure causes shortness of breath particularly Paroxysmal Nocturnal Dyspnea. Heart failure can occur due to hypertension, heart attacks, obesity, smoking, drug abuse, alcoholism, or diabetes to name a few. It is a common condition that affects racial ethnic minorities at a higher rate because of failure to control risk factors that predispose them to heart failure. Mr. Herbert McElroy discusses his experience with heart failure and the Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) that was implanted in him to help his heart pump. He suffered from obesity, smoking, and drinking which is what he believes led to his symptoms of shortness of breath and dizziness which were signs of his heart failing. His ejection fraction, a measurement of the percentage of blood leaving the heart each time it contracts, reached a low of 12%. After receiving the LVAD he was able to make many lifestyle changes such as exercising, losing weight, and being more active.




Multiple Sclerosis: Dr. Barbara Giesser

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 Dr. Giesser explains Multiple Sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune disorder that affects the central nervous system. Multiple Sclerosis occurs when there is an attack on the nerves that results in myelin and nerve axons being damaged. There are three types of MS with 75-85% of cases being relapse-remitting. This is when a new neurological event occurs that can last a few hours to a few days followed by periods of partial or complete recovery. The second type of MS is secondary progressive which begins as relapse-remitting and after about 15 years can be a gradual progression of the disease. The last type, primary progressive, affects about 10-15% of those with MS. Primary progressive gradually gets worse over time. Symptoms of this MS can range from numbness, tingling, weakness, double vision, muscle spasm, and fatigue. Currently there are 15 FDA approved disease modifying therapies that can help with relapse-remitting MS. There are also lifestyle choices that can improve MS such as weight management, quit smoking, managing Vitamin D level, controlling diabetes, cholesterol, and blood pressure.




(Rebroadcast) Discrimination and Depression: Dr. Miriam Vega

Wednesday, August 09, 2017 Discrimination can cause depression, stigma, and trauma. Discrimination refers to someone being treated differently, usually at a disadvantage. Although the words discrimination and stigma are often used interchangeably, there is a difference-stigma is usually accompanied by blame or discrediting. For example, if a person has lung cancer, people may stigmatize them by implying they “got what they deserved” if they smoked cigarettes. This can cause internalized stigma. Psychological trauma occurs when someone’s psyche is “hit”, similar to the way a person experiences physical trauma if they are hit by a car. All of these can cause a person to become depressed. Left untreated, depression can cause unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking, substance abuse, and unhealthy sexual activity. While discrimination, stigma, and psychological trauma can’t always be prevented, depression can be treated through therapy or medication.




CDU Saturday Science Academy: Lorraine Grey, Symone Jackson

Wednesday, August 02, 2017 The Director of the CDU Saturday Science Academy, Lorraine Grey and a long time participant and graduate of the program, Symone Jackson, share information about the Saturday Science Academy. It began in 1990 and is the core of CDU’s pipeline that serves children from pre-k through university level. Seventy percent of its participants are from SPA 6 areas. The program includes 3 eight week sessions which cover Marine Biology, Plant Life, Human Physiology, and Anatomy as well as 1 four week math camp. Parents are also required to contribute 15 hours per year of volunteer service when their children are enrolled. The program not only teaches and strengthens math and science skills, but it instills confidence and motivation in children to pursue careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields. Teachers in the academy are undergraduate students from surrounding universities. For more information parents are encouraged to call the Saturday Science Academy office at 323-563-4926.




South Los Angeles Health Projects (SLAHP): Maribel Sanchez

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 This week’s guest speaker Maribel Sanchez is an international board certified lactation consultant and a staff member at SLAHP (South Los Angeles Health Projects). SLAHP is composed of WIC, Healthy Families America, The Immunization Project, and Chose Healthy LA Kids. Its mission is to improve the health of low income adults, infants, and children in South LA. Sanchez further discusses breastfeeding; the benefits for infants and mothers, the challenges, proper storage, and how families and husbands can support breastfeeding mothers. WIC serves mothers and children up to 5 years of age. Those interested in WIC can call to be assessed for income requirements to join. Announcements: Annual Back to School Family Health Fair, August 12, 2017, 130 E. Compton, Compton, CA; Building Bridges Optimum Health Conference: Prevention, Treatment, and Control of Cancer in the Community on August 18th from 8 am- 4pm at Holman United Methodist Church located at 3320 Adams Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90018.




Health, Resilience, & Faith : Dr. Randall Maxey

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 Dr. Maxey begins the program by defining faith and resiliency. Faith is the belief in the revealed truth of God and cannot be intellectualized, while resiliency is strength in that belief even when things get tough. He explains that while he doesn’t believe in “faith-healing”, he does believe that faith heals. He shared the story of a man who was diagnosed with a condition that would require surgery, and could be life-threatening. The man prayed with family and friends, and when he returned to his doctors, they could find no evidence of the condition. While Dr. Maxey does not suggest people rely totally on faith when they are sick, he stated that people who live within God’s will and obey his laws tend to be healthier anyway.




The AMAAD Institute: Carl Highshaw, Noor Singh

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 Founder/CEO of the AMAAD Institute, Carl Highshaw shares why and how he established the institute for the LGBT community. The institute’s acronym stands for Arming Minorities Against Addiction & Disease. Mr. Highshaw and Noor Singh explain how they use a harm-reduction model to help their peers as opposed to a clinical approach. They talk about how each person’s road to recovery is different, not everyone can quit “cold-turkey” and be successful. Mr. Singh explains his role as a Peer Linkage Specialist and what that entails. The AMAAD Institute is located in Watts where both Mr. Highshaw lives and Mr. Singh grew up. They discuss the importance of having a resource center for the LGBT community within their neighborhood. They give an overview of the activities and programs the institute provides to their peers, including yoga, throughout the week and what they hope to be able to provide in the future. For those interested in contacting the AMAAD Institute: www.amaad.org, 323-569-1610, 10221 S. Compton Ave., Ste. 105, Los Angeles, CA, 90002. Announcements: Wellington Square/Charles R. Drew University Farmers Market Sundays 9 am – 1 pm, 4394 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016




New Developments in HIV Research: Dr. William King

Wednesday, July 05, 2017 Dr. William King gives an overview about HIV/AIDS. He talks about the current treatments available, including PrEP and PEP, and how greatly treatments have improved since the first diagnosis of HIV/AIDS. Dr. King also shares information regarding research he is currently taking part in on a possible HIV/AIDS treatment called Pro 140. This vaccine is being tested for the purpose of preventing HIV infection. The hope is that this treatment will keep the HIV virus from invading healthy cells and replicating itself. Dr. King explained the specific criteria for those eligible and ineligible to take part in the study. Selected participants will be compensated and be provided with transportation if necessary. For those interested in the study or for more information you can contact Dr. William King at 323-617-5409, 3756 Santa Rosalia Dr. Ste. 506, Los Angeles, CA 90008.




HAAF 25th Anniversary: Dr. Loretta Jones, Felica Jones

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 This week’s episode focused on Healthy African American Families (HAAF), which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Felica Jones explained that HAAF began in 1992 as a CDC project, Pregnant African American Women in Los Angeles, (PAWLA) to investigate why the rates of preterm pregnancy and low birthweight babies were so high in certain areas of Los Angeles County. When that project ended, PAWLA moved to Charles R. Drew University, and eventually obtained non-profit status as Healthy African American Families. Under the direction of Dr. Loretta Jones, HAAF is considered a leader in Community Partnered Participatory Research (CPPR), and has many academic partners, including CDU and UCLA. Past and present research includes projects on autism, diabetes, mental health, asthma, as well as preterm pregnancy. HAAF will celebrate its anniversary in October; details will be announced in the fall. Announcements: Wellington Square/Charles R. Drew University Farmers Market Sundays 9 am – 1 pm, 4394 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016. Emergency Food Shelter at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church located at 1511 E. 57th St. Los Angeles CA every 2nd and 4th Saturday at 9:30am.




Hernias: Dr. Bryan Hubbard

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 Dr. Hubbard explained that a hernia is a defect that occurs when tissue moves from one part of the body to another place where it doesn’t belong. There are several types of hernias: ventral, incisional, inguinal, incarcerated/strangulated, and umbilical. Ventral, incisional, inguinal, and incarcerated/strangulated hernias are usually caused by abnormal trauma; however, umbilical hernias occur at birth. Dr. Hubbard stated that hernias are very common in the U.S., but many people do not experience any symptoms and are not diagnosed until they have a physical examination. Others have extreme pain and are diagnosed when they visit an emergency room. Hernias are treated by surgery. Announcements: Wellington Square/Charles R. Drew University Farmers Market Sundays 9 am – 1 pm, 4394 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016




Charles R. Drew University RN-BSN Program: Dr. Ebere Ume, Karen Jackson, Naila Zoi Cox, Doris Hudson

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 Representatives from the Charles R. Drew University, Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing share information regarding the establishing of the School of Nursing, its mission and vision as well as the programs offered by the school. Programs the School of Nursing offers include an Entry Level Masters Program (ELM), Family Nurse Practitioner Program (FNP), and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN). They also discuss changes recently made to accommodate working students, the high-tech learning tools available, and international programs. Student representatives share their personal experiences starting from enrollment to interactions with professors. The representatives also talk about the importance of serving the underserved communities and having nurses that reflect the diversity of those communities. For more information regarding the CDU Mervyn M. Dymally School of nursing: https://www.cdrewu.edu/Son; 1731 E. 118th St. Los Angeles, CA. 90059; P 323-568-3301




International Health Research Projects at CDU: Dr. Charles Hilliard, Dr. Ekow Sey

Wednesday, June 07, 2017 CDU is dedicated to not only improving the health of the underserved locally, but around the world. Dr. Hilliard and Dr. Sey share about their international research projects that focus on HIV treatment and prevention in Angola, Rwanda, Belize and Jamaica. They discuss the work they do with the military in these countries and why they work with this group specifically. The goal is to extend to the general population through direct partnerships with local health institutions and universities/academic institutions. Dr. Sey and Dr. Hilliard also explain the history behind the spreading of HIV in Angola and Rwanda. Both doctors also share that their current research consists of conducting trainings for military personnel on diagnosis, treatment, care, psychological support, HIV data management, monitoring and evaluation of HIV programs, and peer education.




Precision Medicine: Dr. J. (Quim) Madrenas, Dr. Henry Lin

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 The U.S. Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) is a bold research effort to revolutionize how we improve health and treat disease. It was first announced by President Obama in his 2015 State of the Union Address. The Precision Medicine Initiative aims to use advances in genomics, emerging methods for managing and analyzing large data sets, while protecting privacy, and health information technology to accelerate biomedical discoveries. The All of Us Research Program is a major piece of the PMI. The plan is to engage one million or more volunteers living in the United States to contribute their health data over 10 years or more to improve health outcomes, fuel the development of new treatments for disease, and catalyze a new era of evidence-based and more precise preventive care and medical treatment. Various methods will be used to ensure that participants in the research represent the geographic, ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic diversity of the country. Participants will be asked to provide biomedical specimens and access to their medical records. The program is expected to launch in late 2017 or early 2018, and anyone can participate, although children will not be enrolled initially. Announcements: Building Bridges to Optimum Health presents a “Community Stroke Symposium”, Friday, June 17, 2017, Carson Community Center, 8:00 am-3:00 pm.




Charles R. Drew University Updates: Dr. David Carlisle, Dr. Hector Balcazar

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 Dr. Carlisle returned with Dean Hector Balcazar to the “Good News Radio Magazine” to provide a quarterly update on Charles R. Drew University (CDU). Dr. Carlisle states that CDU is staying true to its mission “to cultivate diverse health professional leaders who are dedicated to social justice and health equity for underserved populations through outstanding education, research, clinical service, and community engagement.” To begin with, there is a new enrollment management team that visits local high schools to raise awareness of the University among local high schools, and a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed with LUSD and LAUSD West. Dean Balcazar shares which new programs are available in the CDU College of Science and Health and the student services that will be available. In addition, there is now a Psychiatry residency program. The university is working towards a Family Residency program as well. All of CDU’s accreditations are current, and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) has asked Dr. Carlisle to sit on their Accreditation committee. Other highlights include the Spring Gala, which honored Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Charlene Drew Jarvis, Bebe Drew Price, Sylvia Drew-Ivie, and Dr. Wilbert Jordan. Match Day 2017 was a success, with 2/3 of students matching into primary care specialties, while the remaining students matched into various specialties. Upcoming events are the 2017 CDU Commencement Ceremony, which will be held June 5, 2017 at the StubHub Center, and Jazz at Drew on October 7, 2017. On a sadder note, Dr. Carlisle also spoke of the passing of three CDU icons: Dr. Ernest Smith, Dr. Roland Betts, and Ms. Sharon McCall.




The Top 5 Men’s Health Problems: Dr. Derrick Butler

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 The top 5 men’s health problems are 1) Cardiovascular Disease, 2) Cancer, including Lung, Prostrate, and Colon, 3) Chronic Respiratory Disease or COPD, 4) Stroke, and 5) Diabetes. Generally speaking, men have greater health challenges than women, particularly in minority communities. Dr. Butler explains that this may be due in part to stoicism, i.e. not wanting to be seen as “weak”, so some men ignore pain or other symptoms. Another cause is denial-men tend to avoid going to the doctor. However, in communities of color, health disparities among minority men are more complex. Invalid information, fear of certain exams such as the digital rectal exam, lack of health education, mistrust of the healthcare system, and nutrition contribute to health challenges. Other factors include high rates of smoking, alcohol and substance abuse, and stress. Genetic factors play a role too, but a healthy lifestyle can help avoid some diseases. Dr. Butler suggests not smoking, drinking in moderation, diet, and exercise which can help men lower their risk of health problems.




Creating a Healthy Living Plan: Dr. Valerie Grant, LeBren Marshall

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 Dr. Valerie Grant explains that a Healthy Living Plan promotes healthy living as opposed to treating sickness. Many times there is a disconnect between the physician and patient, which helps to contribute to the health disparities that exist in communities of color. Dr. Grant has identified four reasons that these disparities exist: access, economics, fear, and cultural insensitivity. There is a shortage of hospitals and primary care providers in these communities, limiting access to care. Lack of insurance also limits access, as well as being an economic factor. The high prevalence of diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes in these communities makes many people afraid to go the doctor regularly, often until the disease is in a chronic state. In addition, many doctors are culturally insensitive to their patients, which makes people too uncomfortable to visit the doctor regularly. Ms. LaBren Marshall shares her personal experience regarding having high blood pressure, a bad experience with a provider caused her to decide to treat herself holistically instead of following medical advice. This led her to have a serious medical emergency, through which she met Dr. Grant. Ms. Marshall said Dr. Grant really listened to her and developed a treatment plan based on her lifestyle. Working with her colleagues at Advanced Community Medical Care, Dr. Grant has plans to develop a “Super Group”, bringing together physicians, community, faith-based leaders, family members, and care-coordinators to create an integrated health care system.




Mind Disorders: Dr. April Thames, Anna "Aziza" Lucas-Wright

Wednesday, May 03, 2017 Dr. April Thames and Ms. Aziza Lucas-Wright discuss dementias (neurodegenerative diseases) and Alzheimer’s Disease which is just one of several forms of dementia. The disease is named after Dr. Alois Alzheimer who in 1906 noticed changes in the brain tissue of a woman who had died of an unusual mental illness. Her symptoms included memory loss, language problems, and unpredictable behavior. These are the main symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease. Ms. Lucas-Wright shared her personal experience as a caretaker for her late husband, who was diagnosed with Lewi-Bodi dementia, the second most common type of progressive dementia after Alzheimer's disease. Scientists are not sure what causes Alzheimer’s Disease, but they think it may be related to a certain gene. There are also studies looking at concussions and repeated head injuries, such as those incurred in football and boxing. Approximately 3-5 million people are diagnosed each year, and 14 million people are projected to have Alzheimer’s Disease by 2050, mainly due to people living longer. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s Disease, but medications and social support may help slow its progression. Resources include Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles (www.alzgla.org) and the Alzheimer’s Association (http://www.alz.org/).




Teen Sexual Assault: Tiombe Wallace

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Sexual Assault is unwanted touching of any kind without affirmative consent and ongoing enthusiastic participation. It is reported that 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually assaulted; however, not all victims report it. Contrary to what many people think, sexual assault is not always done by strangers-many teens either like, love, or know the person who assaults them. Power and control can be factors for the offenders. Sexting and revenge texts are another form of sexual assault. This can provide an avenue for bullies and predators to continue the sexually assault their victims. Treatment for sexual assault should be trauma informed and victim-led. One method is creative expression, which can include dance, spoken word, painting, etc... Announcements: Wellington Square/Charles R. Drew University Farmers Market Sundays 9 am – 1 pm, 4394 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016




Discrimination and Depression: Dr. Miriam Vega

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 Discrimination can cause depression, stigma, and trauma. Discrimination refers to someone being treated differently, usually at a disadvantage. Although the words discrimination and stigma are often used interchangeably, there is a difference-stigma is usually accompanied by blame or discrediting. For example, if a person has lung cancer, people may stigmatize them by implying they “got what they deserved” if they smoked cigarettes. This can cause internalized stigma. Psychological trauma occurs when someone’s psyche is “hit”, similar to the way a person experiences physical trauma if they are hit by a car. All of these can cause a person to become depressed. Left untreated, depression can cause unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking, substance abuse, and unhealthy sexual activity. While discrimination, stigma, and psychological trauma can’t always be prevented, depression can be treated through therapy or medication.




Syphilis: Lawrence Fernandez

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease by the bacterium Treponema Pallidum. It is transmitted from person to person via direct contact with a syphilitic sore, known as a chancre. Syphilis has 4 stages; the first stage is a sore or chancre; the second stage is flu-like symptoms and/or a rash, the third stage can consist of muscle paralysis, vision problems, and dementia; the fourth stage consists of madness or even death. Even though symptoms may go away, a person with syphilis can still transmit it to others. Most people think syphilis can only be transmitted by sexual contact, however it can also be transmitted by skin to skin contact. Treatment for syphilis consists of one dose of penicillin in the 1st stage and 3 weekly doses in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th stages. Announcements: Southern Los Angeles Patient Navigation and Wellness Center for the prevention and control of cancer, 424-260-6543 or pnwc12@gmail.com; Emergency Food Shelter at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, 1511 E. 57th St. Los Angeles CA every 2nd and 4th Saturday at 9:30am.




(Rebroadcast) Hospice Care and Palliative Medicine: Dr. Sunita Puri, Rev. Maxie James

Wednesday, April 05, 2017 Rev. Maxie James discussed the reluctance of most people to face their impending demise and his approach to getting them to accept the fact that it is time for hospice care and/or palliative medicine. He also talks about dealing with family members who are reluctant to send their loved one into hospice and the reasons for their reluctance, many of which can be valid. Rev. James states that his team, which includes a doctor, a nurse, a social worker, and himself, work together to ease the patient and family members through the transition from hospice care into a peaceful death. Dr. Sunita Puri explained the importance of palliative medicine and hospice care. She described the difference between them and the misconceptions that people sometimes have. Dr. Puri talks about the importance of making end-of-life decisions before it is too late and you are unable to do so. She discussed Advanced Directives and other important documents that can help with this process and what to do with them once they are completed. Both Rev. James and Dr. Puri emphasize that end-of-life decisions should be made well before they are necessary. Family members and doctors should share in these decisions.




(Rebroadcast) E-Cigarettes: Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire: Dr. Jessica Barrington-Trimis, Daniel Soto

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 This week’s episode focused on the use of e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes are electronic cigarettes that range from small to big devices. Essentially they create an aerosol that contains nicotine and an individual can puff on it to inhale the aerosol and exhale the vapor. The difference between traditional cigarettes and e-cigarettes is the method of how nicotine is heated. Nicotine in tobacco is burned whereas nicotine in e-cigarettes is heated up to convert the liquid into a vapor that can be inhaled. The rate of smoking regular cigarettes has been going down for the past 20-30 years. The prevalence of smoking is 15- 20% among adults in the US. In California the smoking rates are about 11-12% which is the lowest among the states. Adolescent smoking is about 9-10% and has also been decreasing. Many people perceive that e-cigarettes are less dangerous and prefer using it because of the various flavor options as well. E-cigarettes are most common among youth especially high school students. More than 40% of youth who have used e-cigarettes have never tried traditional cigarettes, but are 4-6 times more likely to start using traditional cigarettes in adulthood. There are various cessation tools, but the most effective is going cold turkey. There is counseling and many resources available by calling 1-800-No Butts. Announcements: Southern Los Angeles Patient Navigation and Wellness Center for the prevention and control of cancer is available as a resource, for more information call 424-260-6543 or pnwc12@gmail.com; Wellington Square/Charles R. Drew University Farmers Market Sundays 9 am – 1 pm, 4394 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016




Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Dr. Victor Chaban

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 This weeks’ episode focused on Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), a disorder that affects the colon. Dr. Victor Chaban described IBS as a functional disorder, i.e., one that is not caused organically in the body. Researchers are not certain what causes it. Symptoms include visceral pain, diarrhea or constipation, gas, and bloating. IBS is more likely to occur in people under 45, and women are affected more than men. There is no specific diagnostic test to detect IBS, and many people are initially referred to a mental health specialist before they are diagnosed. IBS does not cause colorectal cancer, cannot be prevented, and is not curable. Treatments include lifestyle modification, medication, changes in diet, and exercise. For more information on IBS please visit www.NIDDK.gov. Announcements: Wellington Square/Charles R. Drew University Farmers Market, Sundays 9 am – 1 pm, 4394 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016




Opioid Use Disorder: Bill Tarkanian

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 Bill Tarkanian is the Director of Outpatient and Community Services at the Los Angeles Centers for Drug and Alcohol Abuse (L.A. CADA). He explained that Opioid Use Disorder includes both illicit and prescription drugs. There are three classifications: mild, moderate and severe. The current opioid epidemic is not fueled by heroin as some might think. Instead misuse of prescription drugs is the culprit, and the average person affected is a Caucasian male or female in their 40’s. Opioid Use Disorder usually occurs when a person is prescribed an opioid to deal with pain and their tolerance level increases, causing them to become dependent or addicted. Although opioid withdrawal is not fatal, it can be extremely uncomfortable. However, there are medications available to help cope with withdrawal symptoms and cravings. These medications work best when combined with other treatments such as counseling or group therapy. For more information on L.A. CADA go to www.lacada.com.




Self-Harm: Joyce Lightbody

Wednesday, March 08, 2017 Joyce Lightbody discusses self-harm or self-injury, for which the technical term is “Non-Suicidal Self Injury” (NSSI). NSSI is defined as deliberately injuring body tissue without suicidal intent, although a very small number of people with NSSI eventually consider suicide. The most common form of NSSI is cutting, but other methods include burning or scraping the skin. People with NSSI are usually overwhelmed very easily and have a difficult time dealing with their emotions, cutting or other forms of self-harm are the way they relieve themselves of distressing emotions they can’t handle. The majority of people with NSSI are adolescents and young adults. Some of the warning signs of NSSI are scars, depression, behavior change, and isolation. Culturally or socially accepted practices such as piercing or tattoos are not considered forms of NSSI. The main treatment for NSSI is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).




Sugar, Fructose, and Other Drugs: Sweet Poison: Dr. Farid Zarif

Wednesday, March 01, 2017 Dr. Zarif considers sugar a drug. When sugar or sugary foods are consumed, the brain reacts by wanting more, the same way an addict wants more of their drug. He explained that many years ago, sugar was not as prevalent in foods as it is now-it was considered a “treat” and used that way. Today most people have too much sugar in their diet, which can cause health problems. Unfortunately, sugar is in almost every food product we consume, although it may be labeled in the ingredients as sugar-fructose is one common way it is disguised. He stated that sugar is in almost every product in the grocery except the fruit and vegetable section, including the household cleaning aisle! He discussed the effect of the sugar trade on slavery and described how the sugar industry can be compared to the tobacco and alcohol industries in regards to deceptive advertising. He also warned about labels that say “100% Real Juice” and clarified that artificial sweeteners are not a safe substitute. However, the good news is that there are some practical steps that can be taken to overcome sugar addiction.




Eating Disorders: Dr. Diana Ramos

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 Synopsis Dr. Ramos described the three different kinds of eating disorders. The most common is binge eating. Binge eating is when a person overeats until they become obese. Binge eaters make up about 97% of people with an eating disorder. The other two eating disorders, bulimia and anorexia nervosa, are comparatively rare. Bulimia is binge eating and then purging, either by vomiting or using a laxative. Bulimia occurs in approximately 2% of people with an eating disorder. Only 1% of those with an eating disorder have anorexia nervosa. Anorexics think they are overweight or obese and constantly diet until they are extremely underweight. Symptoms of eating disorders can include binge eating, eating too little, not eating, or disappearing immediately after eating. The causes of eating disorders can be genetic, environmental factors, or trauma. Anxiety, depression, and obsessive compulsive disorder may accompany an eating disorder. Treatment options include psychotherapy, support groups, medication, and 12-step programs. The good news is eating disorders can be cured. Announcements: Southern Los Angeles Patient Navigation and Wellness Center for the prevention and control of cancer is available as a resource, for more information call 424-260-6543 or pnwc12@gmail.com




Hospice Care and Palliative Medicine: Dr. Sunita Puri, Rev. Maxie James

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 Rev. Maxie James discussed the reluctance of most people to face their impending demise and his approach to getting them to accept the fact that it is time for hospice care and/or palliative medicine. He also talks about dealing with family members who are reluctant to send their loved one into hospice and the reasons for their reluctance, many of which can be valid. Rev. James states that his team, which includes a doctor, a nurse, a social worker, and himself, work together to ease the patient and family members through the transition from hospice care into a peaceful death. Dr. Sunita Puri explained the importance of palliative medicine and hospice care. She described the difference between them and the misconceptions that people sometimes have. Dr. Puri talks about the importance of making end-of-life decisions before it is too late and you are unable to do so. She discussed Advanced Directives and other important documents that can help with this process and what to do with them once they are completed. Both Rev. James and Dr. Puri emphasize that end-of-life decisions should be made well before they are necessary. Family members and doctors should share in these decisions.




Charles R. Drew University Updates: Dr. David Carlisle

Wednesday, February 08, 2017 Dr. Carlisle, the President & CEO of Charles R. Drew University, talked about the barriers to access to higher education for under-resourced populations in the United States, but particularly in South Los Angeles. He uses the analogy of a pipeline. Although students may make it into the pipeline to attend college, not all of them make it out to graduation. Some barriers include student finances, illness in the students’ family, or a change in the economic status of the students’ family that requires the student to obtain a job to help support them. Dr. Carlisle further explains that there are only two institutions of higher learning in the area: Charles R. Drew University and Cal State Dominguez Hills. Options to combat these barriers include increased financial aid, family support, college loan payback programs, and high schools that prepare students for college with advance placement courses and teacher/counselor support. Dr. Carlisle also announced the Presidents Breakfast, February 9, 2017 at the Marina Del Rey Marriott, located at 4100 Admiralty Way in Marina del Rey. The event will begin at 9 am. Other Announcements: Charles R. Drew University, Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing RN-BSN program, for information call admissions office at 323-563-4839 OR apply at www.cdrewu.edu/Apply; Emergency Food Shelter at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church located at 1511 E. 52nd St., Los Angeles, CA every 2nd and 4th Saturday at 9:30am.




B.L.A.C.Mail Productions - Edu-tainment: Spencer Collins, Rodney Chester

Wednesday, February 01, 2017 Mr. Spencer Collins, a founder of B.L.A.C.Mail Productions, shares the story behind the founding of the organization. He also explains that edu-tainment is the process of giving systematic instructions that expands ones knowledge by which activities are designed to create and amuse or pleasure someone; using entertainment to educate people. B.L.A.C.Mail Productions is a community organization that produces plays and films regarding health issues that affect communities of color disproportionately such as AIDS/HIV as well as taboo issues such as child molestation. During most of their events the organization provides a mobile unit that conducts free HIV/AIDS testing on site. Actor Rodney Chester is the founder of the Trio Talent Agency and regularly collaborates with Spencer Collins on projects. Mr. Chester was part of the “Noah’s Ark” cast and talks about the impact of these types of films and plays on the community. Spencer Collins shared that they try to hold their events at community venues as often as possible. Mr. Collins explained that in the future the organization would like to move into leadership, mentorship, and entrepreneurship. Spencer Collins and Rodney Chester announced the upcoming events: Pan-African Film Festival screening of the film “90 Days” on February 12, 2017 at the Rave Theater located at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza; The 5th Annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Variety Show, at The Lee Strasberg Theatre located at Fairfax and Santa Monica at 5pm February 19, 2017. Announcements: Southern Los Angeles Patient Navigation and Wellness Center for the prevention and control of cancer is available as a resource, for more information call 424-260-6543 or pnwc12@gmail.com; Wellington Square/Charles R. Drew University Farmers Market Sundays 9 am – 1 pm, 4394 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016




Watts Healthcare Corporation: Dr. Roderick Seamster

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 Dr. Roderick Seamster shares the history and services offered at Watts Healthcare Corporation. Its inception was the result of many years of work following the Watts riots in 1965 when it was realized that poverty and access to health was a big concern in the community. It started in 1967 with a $2.7 million grant that allowed for the Watts Multipurpose Center to open that later included the Watts Health Plan which was designed for the uninsured. Watts Health Care Corporation emerged when it split from the health plans to continue a mission of community based medicine. Today there are 6 clinical sites that serve primarily the adjoining communities of Watts, but also serve those from as far north as the 10 freeway and as far south as San Pedro. The patient population is about 55% African American and 46% Latino with about 33% of those individuals being less than 19 years of age. The WHC provides a multitude of services to its patients that include but are not limited to adult medicine, pediatrics, mental health, urgent care, eye care, dental care, HIV/AIDS prevention, tobacco control, nutrition services, radiology, and physical therapy. For those interested in reaching WHC you can call 323-564-4331 or go online to www.wattshealth.org.




Arthritis: Dr. David Martins, Andrea Jones

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 This week’s episode focused on arthritis which is the inflammation of one or more joints in the body. Living tissue responds to injury with inflammation. According to the CDC 1 in 5 adults will be diagnosed with arthritis. Less than 10% of adults under the age of 40 have it, but it rises to 40% once the age of 60 or above is reached. It also affects women more than it does men possibly due to weight differences and hormones with 1 in 5 males being diagnosed as opposed to 1 in 3 females being diagnosed. There are 2 different types of arthritis: Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most common type and is usually due to wear and tear over time. It is generally associated with aging and is localized to just the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis is less common but is the most disabling as it is an autoimmune disease where one’s own antibodies attacks and invades the tissue cells. It can also have systematic manifestations in other parts of the bodies such as the lungs, heart, or eyes; it is not localized to just the joints. With arthritis, the tissue that gets damaged is the cartilage which allows the bones to move without much friction. However, when the cartilage becomes inflamed it causes pain with movement. Usual treatment options are topical medications or pain relief medications such as NSAIDS. Joint injections are another option which are localized steroids that are injected into the joints that are affected. Andrea Jones later joined the show to share her experience living with Osteoarthritis. Announcements: Emergency Food Shelter at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church located at 1511 E. 57th St. Los Angeles CA every 2nd and 4th Saturday at 9:30am




Tooth Decay's Effect on the Body: Dr. Joseph Oliver

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 Dr. Joseph Oliver discusses tooth decay’s effects on the body. Decay, cavities, and caries are one and the same and are caused by bacteria which causes many issues in human health. Plaque is the main element that causes tooth decay. This is a substance that collects on the teeth made up of a mixture of food and saliva. The bacteria not only attacks teeth, but also the supporting structures. An abscess tooth is when bacteria travels from the tooth into the nerves of the tooth which later leads to a buildup of puss, swelling, and more serious issues. The mouth is the gateway to the body as anything we consume begins at the mouth and can enter the body and blood stream which can eventually affect various organs. GERD can lead to tooth decay. GERD is where the contents from the stomach which is filled with harmful bacteria, are regurgitated into the mouth. The key to preventing tooth decay or any oral diseases is to have good hygiene by brushing and flossing twice a day, every day. It is also strongly recommended to visit the dentist twice a year. For those interested in visiting Dr. Joseph Oliver, his office is located at 17625 Crenshaw Blvd. Ste 200, Torrance, CA 90504. He can also be contacted at 310- 327-6060. Announcements: Charles R. Drew University, Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing RN-BSN program, for information call admissions office at 323-563-4839 OR apply at www.cdrewu.edu/Apply




(Rebroadcast) The Importance of Clinical Preventive Services: Peggy Toy, Dr. Kenrik Duru

Wednesday, January 04, 2017 Clinical Preventive Services are very important to receive, especially as we begin to approach our senior years. Receiving these services can keep us active and in good health as we age, adding years to our life. Doctor Kenrik Duru and Ms. Peggy Toy talk about their Healthy Aging Partnerships in Prevention Initiative (HAPPI) which aims to increase the use of clinical preventive services such as cancer screenings, cholesterol screenings, and vaccines. The initiative trains community partners and clinics to work together to increase information and access to these services. The initiative works on making the information community friendly so that they can get the message out and help remove any skepticism held by community members. For those interested in getting more information regarding the HAPPI project they can reach Ms. Peggy Toy directly at 310-794-0658.




(Rebroadcast) Gun Violence: Avis Ridley-Thomas, Debbie Allen

Wednesday, December 28, 2016 Deaths and injuries caused by guns have dominated news headlines in recent months. CDU College of Medicine Dean D. Deborah Prothrow-Stith has called gun violence a "national public health crisis." Gun prevention advocates Avis Ridley-Thomas and Debbie Allen are among the growing number of Americans calling for local and national legislation to reform laws governing the purchase and ownership of guns. As Co-Director of the Institute for Non-Violence in Los Angeles, Ms. Ridley-Thomas notes that while media coverage has focused on mass-shootings and police shootings of Black men, we should be equally concerned about the use of firearms in the commission of domestic violence, accidental shootings, and suicides. Director/choreographer Debbie Allen contends that the proliferation of handgun violence is a reflection of society's "loss of our moral spine."




E-Cigarettes: Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire: Dr. Jessica Barrington-Trimis, Daniel Soto

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 This week’s episode focused on the use of e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes are electronic cigarettes that range from small to big devices. Essentially they create an aerosol that contains nicotine and an individual can puff on it to inhale the aerosol and exhale the vapor. The difference between traditional cigarettes and e-cigarettes is the method of how nicotine is heated. Nicotine in tobacco is burned whereas nicotine in e-cigarettes is heated up to convert the liquid into a vapor that can be inhaled. The rate of smoking regular cigarettes has been going down for the past 20-30 years. The prevalence of smoking is 15- 20% among adults in the US. In California the smoking rates are about 11-12% which is the lowest among the states. Adolescent smoking is about 9-10% and has also been decreasing. Many people perceive that e-cigarettes are less dangerous and prefer using it because of the various flavor options as well. E-cigarettes are most common among youth especially high school students. More than 40% of youth who have used e-cigarettes have never tried traditional cigarettes, but are 4-6 times more likely to start using traditional cigarettes in adulthood. There are various cessation tools, but the most effective is going cold turkey. There is counseling and many resources available by calling 1-800-No Butts. Announcements: Southern Los Angeles Patient Navigation and Wellness Center for the prevention and control of cancer is available as a resource, for more information call 424-260-6543 or pnwc12@gmail.com; Wellington Square/Charles R. Drew University Farmers Market Sundays 9 am – 1 pm, 4394 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016




Talk About Parenting: Shirlee Smith

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 Shirlee Smith discusses the founding of her nonprofit organization, Talk About Parenting, which was established in 1997. The idea formed when she realized that every child does not have 3 meals a day, have parents that talk to them, or that some parents don’t know how to raise children properly. It began as a TV show and later transitioned into a nonprofit organization that conducted workshops and speaking engagements in all communities. Some topics they focus on are home environment, lifestyle, resources, values, and morals. They also give workshops to incarcerated mothers. The organizations services are available to any person or any organization that is interested. The audience is welcome to contact the organization for resources or more information by calling 626-296-2777, sending an email to talkaboutparenting@gmail.com, or visiting Talkaboutparenting.org. The audience is also welcome to volunteer or donate at any time. Announcements: Southern Los Angeles Patient Navigation and Wellness Center for the prevention and control of cancer is available as a resource, for more information call 424-260-6543 or pnwc12@gmail.com; Wellington Square/Charles R. Drew University Farmers Market Sundays 9 am – 1 pm, 4394 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016




How to Have a Happy, Healthy Holiday Season: Rev. Paul Hill, Rev. Yvonne Williams Boyd

Wednesday, December 07, 2016 During the holiday season many people tend to magnify their life disappoints, struggles, and difficulties. However, during this time it is especially important to be inspired, to be happy, and joyous as it’s a season of celebration. Often times there is a battle within one’s mind between the sacred and secular during the holidays. The sacred is focused on loving others, care, sharing, and remembering that we have received this gift from Jesus who has come to give us salvation. The secular is focused on pushing for vacations, expensive cars, receiving, and being able to compete with people who have wealth. When we feel unhappiness dawn upon us we need to remember the real reason of Christmas which is to celebrate God’s love and how Christ came to give us life. We need to think of ways to give to others and recognize that God has already blessed us abundantly. Some people are missing the basics of life and it’s a good time to share with them. One should also not have illusions that some struggles in the family units are going to disappear during the holidays. One should stay away from alcohol or drugs as ways to rid oneself of sadness. Instead, there are many resources available that serve as God’s extension of goodness and grace such as counseling, social workers, or health facilities that provide support and services.




The Zika Virus...Not Out of the Woods Yet: Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, Susanne Kluh, and Levy Sun

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 The Zika Virus is a disease that is transmitted between mosquitoes and humans, and can further be transmitted from person to person. Most people do not experience any symptoms at all. However, 20% of the population affected with the Zika Virus experience symptoms such as a rash, fever, and joint pains. Currently, the biggest concern is pregnant women who have been infected as it can cause harm to the fetus and baby. Babies with the Zika Virus can experience severe congenital disease, blindness, loss of hearing, seizures, and abnormal head development. There are 3000 species of mosquitoes that exist; however, the Yellow Fever mosquito and Asian Tiger mosquito are the two of concern for the Zika Virus and are prevalent in California. There are 387 travel related cases in California and of those 20% reside in LA County. The Zika Virus can also be sexually transmitted if ones partner travels and becomes infected with it. The virus can exist for up to 8 months in sperm. There isn’t a treatment for the virus. Prevention is the best method of protection. If a woman is pregnant, it is best to avoid areas that are at higher risk for the Zika Virus. It is also important to go through your yard and get rid of anything that retains water such as saucers under flower pots, trash can lids, or plastic tarps. Together communities can make a difference along with their neighbors if they work together to sanitize their yards. The listening audience is encourage to call 211 for LA County resources in vector control.




Giving Thanks...No Matter What: Rev. Cecil Murray, Rev. Gary Williams

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 This week’s episode focused on the importance of giving thanks regardless of one’s life’s circumstances. In life there will always be positives and negatives, but it is important to always focus on the positives. In every situation it is vital to give thanks to God through the bad times, good times, and even through mistakes. Every day we need to be thankful for the basics such as a bed, shelter, food, and even our breath. God can give us peace regardless of what we are going through. Negative comes from a sense of entitlement. We need to constantly remind ourselves that the world does not owe us anything. We don’t have to have the biggest car, house, salary, or ego. We need to have a sense of gratitude, caring and outreach. When you have a sense of gratitude you will find things come to you unexpectedly. Not being grateful can be destructive. The speakers leave the audience with tips on how to be grateful. First, people need to think more about others than they do about themselves. Secondly, incorporating exercise is important as it enhances the spiritual life. Third, always walk around with a smile. Lastly, they encourage everyone to remember God will sustain everything both in hard times and in good times. The guest speakers end the show with a prayer of thanks.




Diabetes and Vascular Disease: Dr. Randall Maxey

Wednesday, November 09, 2016 Diabetes is a metabolic disease that features high blood sugar due to the body not adequately being able to metabolize the sugar. Organs, vessels and the body also become resistant to insulin. The problem with diabetes is mostly vascular and can come in two forms- Macro vascular and Micro vascular. Macro vascular is when there is a buildup of plaque in the blood vessel walls. Micro vascular affects the kidneys, smaller capillaries, and eyes. When there is high blood sugar, the body turns the sugar into a glycated hemoglobin product that gets into the blood vessels and causes it to get thick and hardened. In order to treat diabetes effectively one needs to have control of their glucose as well as blood pressure. If not controlled, it can affect the kidney or the retina of the eye which can lead to blindness. It can also affect the lower extremities which causes pain, numbness, and cramping which can ultimately lead to amputation. Diabetes can come in the form of Type I which is the absence of insulin in the body; this only affects about 10% of the population. There is also Type II diabetes which is more prevalent and affects about 90%. Type II Diabetes is when insulin cannot be used effectively. It disproportionately affects African Americans and Latinos. Dr. Maxey gives the audience tips on knowing how to detect the onset of diabetes. He suggests looking into family history for the prevalence of diabetes. Also, when glucose is elevated one may have increased thirst, sweating, dizziness, blurry vision, and wounds that take longer to heal. He further recommends a good healthy and well controlled diet that is reasonable in calories, exercise, and movement in order to prevent and treat diabetes. Announcements: Emergency Food Shelter at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church located at 1511 E. 57th St. Los Angeles CA every 2nd and 4th Saturday at 9:30am. For more information call 310- 630- 9530; Southern LA Wellness Center for the prevention and control of Cancer is available as a resource. For more information call 424-260-6543




Lowering the Barriers to PrEP Use: Michelle Simek, Sean Lawrence

Wednesday, November 02, 2016 Michelle Simek and Sean Lawrence discuss HIV/AIDS on this week’s episode. HIV is a virus that causes AIDS. The AIDS epidemic started in the U.S. in 1981. AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. To be diagnosed with AIDS you have to be HIV positive, have a CD 4 count of 200 or less, and have an opportunistic infection. According to the CDC about 56,000 people are affected by HIV in the U.S. every year and about 1.3 million in the U.S. live with HIV. Infection rates have been stable for the past 15 years in the U.S. However, according to the CDC African Americans have the most disproportionate rates of HIV/AIDS. One out of every two gay African American men and one out of every four gay Latino men will be affected by HIV/AIDS in their lifetime. Currently there are preventative measures available before someone is exposed to HIV called PrEP (Pre Exposure Prophylaxis). It works by preventing HIV from getting into the nucleus of a T-cell and further taking over the entire cell. There is also PEP which is comprised of 3 medications that are taken after one has been exposed to HIV. These medications need to be taken within 72 hours of being exposed. Both guests are involved in the HIV Prevention Trials Network Study (HPTN 083) which is looking at an experimental medication called Cabotegravir. The purpose of the study is to see if it works as well as Truvada to prevent HIV. The study will take about 4.5 years and will begin January 2017. The study is looking to recruit all types of people, but especially gay/bi- sexual young African American men under age of 30 or transgender women who have sex with men. There are two study sites available, UCLA CARE Center or UCLA Vine Street Clinic, if anyone is interested in being a participant these study sites can be reached at 310-557-9062 or 323-461-3106. Announcement: PREP and PEP will be available at the OAISIS clinic in 2 weeks, for information call 323-563-5807; Passport to Wellness is a research project on sexual health for black men, for information call 323-451-9491.




Charles R. Drew University Updates: Dr. David Carlisle, Sylvia Drew Ivie

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 Dr. Carlisle returns once again to give his quarterly update about Charles R. Drew University (CDU) alongside Sylvia Drew Ivie. The university is not only named after her father, but she is a special advisor to the president in community relations. Both speakers emphasize the uniqueness of CDU as it is a product of the Watts Revolt in 1965 and was founded in response to the issues affecting South Los Angeles. CDU’s focus is to train students in becoming experts in addressing the needs of those who are underserved. Dr. Carlisle explains the university’s target of attaining 2,000 students over the next 5 years through amplifying the pipeline system and increasing the number of undergraduate students. Currently there are 3 new programs that have been added to the university; Masters degree in Biomedical Sciences, Physicians Assistant program, and a BSN to RN nursing program. Dr. Carlisle also gives recognition to recent honored staff, students, and faculty. Dr. Carlisle also shared the many grants and gifts that CDU has received. Lastly, he introduces the 2 new deans at CDU. Dean Margaret Avila stepped down from Board of Trustees to serve as the Dean of School of Nursing and Dean Dr. Jinny Oh specializes in student services. Announcements: Wellington Square Farmers Market Sundays 9 am – 1 pm, 4394 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016




(Rebroadcast) Coalition for Responsible Community Development: Tiffany Boyd, Jordan Taiwo Blackwell

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 The Coalition for Responsible Community Development is an organization that serves the South Los Angeles area and its neighboring communities. Tiffany Body and Jordan Blackwell, representatives from the organization, share its origins, mission, goals, and where it stands today. Mr. Blackwell shares his personal experience receiving services provided by the organization and now being one of its employees. He also talks about how he himself, now as Community Ambassador, goes out into the community to recruit adolescents to participate in the organizations various programs. The organization provides services such as housing, education, job preparation, youth development and much more. Announcements: Coalition for Responsible Community Development, 213-743-6193, www.coalitionrcd.org




UCLA-SAFE project: Access to smokefree apartments in Los Angeles: Marlene Gomez

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 The UCLA SAFE project focuses on increasing access to smoke free apartments for residents in Los Angeles living in market rate apartments as well as privately owned housing. The work is being done voluntarily to educate landlords and tenants about the needs for protection against second hand smoking. The program also educates them on how to properly implement non smoking policies and provides resources on how to quit smoking. The target population of the project is 6 council districts that include districts 1, 6, 8, 9, 10, and 14. These districts were chosen due to the high number of apartment buildings and chronic conditions that are prevalent in these communities. The statewide smoking rate is 12% while the smoking rate in the target population is about 18%. In California, over 4,000 people die from second hand smoke exposure. It impacts not only the lungs but various other organs and can result in a multitude of diseases. The project has partnered with various organizations and is also working with 10 Federally Health Qualified clinics to help them improve on their smoking cessation programs. They have also partnered with the American Lung Association to train more counselors to provide smoking cessation classes within the community. For more information and resources the listening audience is encouraged to visit www.smokefreeaptsla.org or call the California smokers hotline at 1-800-662-888.




Parental Discipline or Lack Thereof, Pt. 2: Dr. A. Hasani Perry, Kay Benjamin

Wednesday, October 05, 2016 Dr. Hasani Perry and Kay Benjamin return to do a continuation of last week’s topic on Parental Discipline or Lack Thereof. They discuss the importance in raising children as a village while ensuring that those who also are involved in care taking such as teachers and babysitters know their boundaries and limitations. It is ultimately the parent’s responsibility to discipline, but involving other members can be helpful as well. They also emphasize the importance in helping and supporting other parents. However, the support needs to be provided in a loving and caring way instead of a degrading or shaming manner. When disciplining is done correctly it should leave both parent and child empowered instead of depleted, drained, and low spirited. The important rule in disciplining children is to practice self-care first. It is vital as a parent to identify one’s own strengths and weaknesses, improving communication skills, and learning how to deal with one’s own stress. Once a parent is able to deal with themselves they will better be able to see what their child truly needs or if the parent themselves need to make changes. It is natural to feel overwhelmed at times, but one needs to admit when they need help. The guest speaker’s end with relaying general rules that they believe can make parenting a pleasure as it should be, establishing house rules, exercising time management, and being consistent in methods of discipline. The audience is encouraged to seek extra help and resources from free programs. Kheper Life Enrichment Institute provides parenting resources for more information call 323-750-7550. Free Parental Education can also be provided by contacting Strike the Rock Foundation at 323-298-1085. The audience is also invited to contact Dr. A. Hasani Perry at her direct number 323-291-8048 or by email at Thasani@hotmail.com for more information.




Parental Discipline or Lack Thereof: Dr. A. Hasani Perry, Kay Benjamin

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 This week’s episode focused on parental discipline. To discipline is to teach children how to take care of themselves and how to interact with people around them. The root word of discipline is disciple or rather someone who is being taught or trained. This shouldn’t be confused with punishment. There are 4 basic questions that a parent should ask themselves when disciplining: What do I want my child to learn from this experience? Is what I’m doing teaching that lesson? Are there any negative effects from what I am doing? If so, what should I do differently? Furthermore, the guest speakers emphasize that corporal punishment is never acceptable. If children are too young to understand then hitting is inappropriate and if they are old enough to understand it’s still not appropriate. Dr. Perry shares a story where a father explains, “I don’t hit my kids because slaves get hit and I ain’t raising slaves.” This statement should be used as a reminder when thinking about hitting your own children. The best option is to discuss situations with children and teach them why certain things are wrong. Ultimately, the goal of discipline is to teach children “self-discipline” and to desire, on their own, to be good in this world.




Service Animals: Alicia Rhoden

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 This week’s episode focused on the health benefits of service animals. The concept of service animals began during the period of Queen Elizabeth about 500 years ago due to the fact that she suffered from arthritis. A service animal is an animal that has been trained to do a duty for someone that has medical conditions. Dogs can be trained to alert one of a seizure; they help those with PTSD, arthritis, or multiple sclerosis. There are also emotional support animals for those who have mental illnesses. They provide comfort and reduce anxiety. Service dogs can do a variety of tasks. They can alert people 2-3 hours before someone is about to have a seizure, they are able to bring medication to people, if an ambulance comes they can provide paperwork, they can also help with balance. Service dogs have been known to improve the quality of life and to add years to one’s life.




Yoga: Krishna Kaur, Noor Singh

Wednesday, September 07, 2016 This week’s episode focused on Yoga. Yoga is an art and science that is over 10,000 years old that originated in parts of Africa and India with early roots in Mayan culture. It is an organic approach to life and a way to understand who you are and how to manage all the essences that are within the self. Yoga is a technique of using breath to control the mind and emotions. It unites the mind, body, and spirit. The long term benefits of practicing yoga are creating a stable body system to minimize and even eliminate various diseases. It also improves the nervous system which can decrease stress, and ultimately a person’s organs and health. The speakers emphasize the importance of yoga especially for people of color who suffer disparities in chronic diseases and stress. The listening audience is also invited to a Yoga training program starting October 22nd for 1 weekend a month for 10 months. For more information the audience is asked to call (323) 753-0500 or visit www. Krishnakaur.org. There are also Saturday classes offered at 2146 West Adams, Los Angeles. For more information on these classes you can call: (213) 249-6845




Sexual Harassment and Sex-Based Discrimination: Gary Isidro Veron

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 This week’s episode focused on sexual harassment and Sex based discrimination. He begins by discussing how in 1965 congress passed the higher education act. Since then it’s been re-amended several times. Now it’s what we know as Title 9. It is supposed to give equity for men and women as it pertains to higher education specifically in athletics and extracurricular activities. It further mandates the best practices in dealing with sexual harassment and sex based discrimination. He later discusses sexual harassment cases and how the Department of Education has said that these cases can take no longer than 60 days regardless of when authorities find out. If something happens to a student on campus, the university is able to switch classes or provide escort services as well as mental and health services. Lastly, he discusses how it is imperative to be actively engaged in making all of our workspaces safe for everyone.




(Rebroadcast) Postpartum Depression: Gabrielle Kaufman

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 Guest speaker, Gabrielle Kaufman from the organization Maternal Mental Health Now, explains what postpartum depression is and how it can differ from other types of depression. Ms. Kaufman shares how this disorder can affect women regardless of race, health, and economic status. She also shares that it could be genetic. Ms. Kaufman talks about the different signs both internal and external that can denote that someone maybe suffering from postpartum depression. She explains the various treatment types that are available and can be very helpful in treating this disorder. She emphasizes that it is a very treatable disorder. One of the best ways to help a woman suffering from postpartum depression is to give her support. She addresses the fact that men may also be affected by postpartum depression and should be kept in mind as well. Ms. Kaufman gives the listeners information for resources both locally as well as nationally.




Sickle Cell Awareness: Dr. Carolyn Rowley

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 Sickle Cell Anemia affects millions worldwide. In America 1 in 500 African Americans have sickle cell disease and 1 in 36,000 Americans have it. It is a red blood cell disease which is a group of inherited blood diseases that causes red blood cells to change from a soft round shape to a distorted rigid sickle shape when oxygen is released. Mortality rate for this disease used to be around 18-20 years old, but now people are living up to 40-45 years old. Sickle cell disease is a genetic disorder; however, both mother and father need to carry the gene for sickle cell to be present in an offspring. Currently there are no cures except for treatments that can ease pain and increase quality of life. Such treatments are pain medication, Oxygen, and IV fluids. Alternatively, there are new treatments that focus on changing nutrition intake and avoiding sugars, caffeine, and processed foods. The guest speaker later enlightens the audience on World Sickle Cell Day on June 19th as well as Sickle Cell Disease Awareness month in September. She also encourages listeners to join in at the 8th annual Sickle Cell Disease Educational Seminar on September 9th and 10th that will take place at Charles R. Drew University.




I’m HIV-Positive and HIV-Empowered: Edward Collard, Earnestine Walker

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 Guest speakers, Mr. Edward Collard and Ms. Earnestine Walker, share their personal experiences regarding their pre- and post- HIV diagnoses. Mr. Collard and Ms. Walker both talk about how they decided to get tested and the struggles they had with coming to terms with their diagnoses. They also share how their special circumstances have helped them to need minimal treatment. Mr. Collard and Ms. Walker are members of the organization “Strength for the Journey” and discuss the many services, including a week-long camp, provided by the organization that have helped them live better lives in spite of being HIV positive. Both guests advise listeners to get tested regularly and if diagnosed HIV positive, to seek treatment as soon as possible. HIV is not a death sentence.




The Importance of Clinical Preventive Services: Dr. Kenrik Duru, Peggy Toy

Wednesday, August 03, 2016 Clinical Preventive Services are very important to receive, especially as we begin to approach our senior years. Receiving these services can keep us active and in good health as we age, adding years to our life. Doctor Kenrik Duru and Ms. Peggy Toy talk about their Healthy Aging Partnerships in Prevention Initiative (HAPPI) which aims to increase the use of clinical preventive services such as cancer screenings, cholesterol screenings, and vaccines. The initiative trains community partners and clinics to work together to increase information and access to these services. The initiative works on making the information community friendly so that they can get the message out and help remove any skepticism held by community members. For those interested in getting more information regarding the HAPPI project they can reach Ms. Peggy Toy directly at 310-794-0658.




Acid Reflux: Dr. David Martins

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 During this broadcast about gastroesophageal reflux (GER), more commonly known as acid reflux, Dr. David Martins explains what occurs in the body to cause the reflux. He also discussed the causes of, symptoms, complications, and treatments for acid reflux. While spicy foods have been commonly associated with causing acid reflux Dr. Martins explains this is not the case. Dr. Martins also talked about how GER can develop into Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) which can lead to pre-cancerous conditions in the body. He describes other conditions that may mimic GERD, but may actually be other problems. Lifestyle changes can be made to reduce the risk of GER and developing GERD, changes such as exercising, quitting smoking, and diet. Dr. Martins advises those who have symptoms of GER over a prolonged period of time speak to their doctors about it to get checked and treated early before it develops into a more serious condition.




Concerned Black Men of Los Angeles: Mark Anderson, Carl Nicholson, Robert Peters

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 Founded in 2003, the Los Angeles chapter of Concerned Black Men (CBMLA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the social, emotional, academic, and psychological development of African American youth. Participants can take part in a number of programs, including Welcome to Manhood, a group mentoring program for young men ages 11 to 19 years old. While the organization currently serves young males only, plans are to include programming for young women in the near future. The broadcast featured two high school students who were recipients of CBMLA's "Mentee of the Year" award. Carl Nicholson and Robert Peters both expressed the belief that their experience in the CBMLA has empowered them be able to navigate life's challenges with confidence.




Gun Violence: Avis Ridley-Thomas, Debbie Allen

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 Deaths and injuries caused by guns have dominated news headlines in recent months. CDU College of Medicine Dean D. Deborah Prothrow-Stith has called gun violence a "national public health crisis." Gun prevention advocates Avis Ridley-Thomas and Debbie Allen are among the growing number of Americans calling for local and national legislation to reform laws governing the purchase and ownership of guns. As Co-Director of the Institute for Non-Violence in Los Angeles, Ms. Ridley-Thomas notes that while media coverage has focused on mass-shootings and police shootings of Black men, we should be equally concerned about the use of firearms in the commission of domestic violence, accidental shootings, and suicides. Director/choreographer Debbie Allen contends that the proliferation of handgun violence is a reflection of society's "loss of our moral spine."




Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Dr. Curley Bonds, Johnny Smith

Wednesday, July 06, 2016 Dr. Curley Bonds explains what Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is and what can be some of the causes. He discusses prevention, risk factors, symptoms, and treatment options in relation to PTSD. Dr. Bonds also shares that some groups maybe more at risk than others depending on where they live, their race, and gender. Mr. Joseph Smith shares his personal experience living with PTSD. Mr. Smith explains that for many years he believed his symptoms were a normal part of his daily life until he was diagnosed. He shares his difficulty in reaching out to others and going through his treatment, but he continues to go despite his hardship. Dr. Bonds discusses the types of medical professionals that can best help patients with PTSD. He also shares that the Didi Hirsh Mental Health Services is a good resource for those looking for services to help them manage their PTSD. Announcements: Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services 888-807-7250, www.didihirsch.org, suicide prevention crisis line 877-727-4747; For those interested in the Femaales project which looks to reduce HIV, a study collaboration between UCLA and CDU, you can call 323-379-2050




(Rebroadcast) CDU Updates: Dr. David Carlisle, Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith, Dr. Hector Balcazar

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 Dr. David Carlisle, President and CEO of Charles R. Drew University, gives updates on the current activities of the university. He is joined by new deans Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith from the College of Medicine and Dr. Hector Balcazar from the College of Science and Health who share their visions for the university as they move forward in their new positions. Dr. Carlisle discusses the newly re-launched Physician Assistant Master in Science program as well as the new RN-BSN program in the school of nursing. The President also discusses the newly signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the university and LAUSD to help ensure that those students interested in going to CDU will have guaranteed admission if their grades are in compliance. He shares that the university is in the midst of celebrating its 50th anniversary and talks about the various events that have occurred and are ahead to celebrate this milestone, including the return of Jazz at Drew on October 1st. Announcements: CDU Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing 1748 E. 118th St. Los Angeles, CA 90059, www.cdrewu.edu/apply, 323-563-4839, BSNAdministration@cdrewu.edu




Coalition for Responsible Community Development: Tiffany Boyd, Jordan Taiwo Blackwell

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 The Coalition for Responsible Community Development is an organization that serves the South Los Angeles area and its neighboring communities. Tiffany Body and Jordan Blackwell, representatives from the organization, share its origins, mission, goals, and where it stands today. Mr. Blackwell shares his personal experience receiving services provided by the organization and now being one of its employees. He also talks about how he himself, now as Community Ambassador, goes out into the community to recruit adolescents to participate in the organizations various programs. The organization provides services such as housing, education, job preparation, youth development and much more. Announcements: Coalition for Responsible Community Development, 213-743-6193, www.coalitionrcd.org




Cancer Survivors: Pastor Rhonda Santifer, Freddie Muse Jr.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 Cancer survivors Pastor Rhonda Santifer and Freddie Muse Jr. share their personal experiences with cancer, how they dealt with the diagnosis, the treatments they went through, recovery, how their faith helped them through, and the changes they have made in their lifestyles. Pastor Rhonda Santifer established the Celebrate Life Cancer Ministry and Freddie Muse Jr. established The Men’s Cancer Network, Inc. Both guests explain why they decided to establish these organizations to help those with cancer, recovering from cancer, or being a caregiver to a cancer patient. They tell the audience that when it comes to dealing with cancer they do not have to go through it alone, they are not alone. They just need to reach out and their respective organizations are ready and willing to help them through it.




CDU Updates: Dr. David Carlisle, Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith, Dr. Hector Balcazar

Wednesday, June 08, 2016 Dr. David Carlisle, President and CEO of Charles R. Drew University, gives updates on the current activities of the university. He is joined by new deans Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith from the College of Medicine and Dr. Hector Balcazar from the College of Science and Health who share their visions for the university as they move forward in their new positions. Dr. Carlisle discusses the newly re-launched Physician Assistant Master in Science program as well as the new RN-BSN program in the school of nursing. The President also discusses the newly signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the university and LAUSD to help ensure that those students interested in going to CDU will have guaranteed admission if their grades are in compliance. He shares that the university is in the midst of celebrating its 50th anniversary and talks about the various events that have occurred and are ahead to celebrate this milestone, including the return of Jazz at Drew on October 1st. Announcements: CDU Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing 1748 E. 118th St. Los Angeles, CA 90059, www.cdrewu.edu/apply, 323-563-4839, BSNAdministration@cdrewu.edu




CDU School of Nursing - RN BSN Program: Dr. Ebere Ume, Dr. Margaret Avila

Wednesday, June 01, 2016 Dr. Margaret Avila, interim associate dean, and Dr. Ebere Ume, interim assistant dean, from the Charles R. Drew University Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing both talk about the establishing of the school of nursing, background about the school’s namesake, its goals and mission, as well as the facilities and resources available to the students. They explain the various programs the school offers and introduce the new RN-BSN (Registered Nurse – Bachelor of Science) program. Drs. Avila and Ume also discuss the importance of the nursing profession and how the Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing is committed to educating nurses to meet the public’s needs. They also share that the school of nursing has other programs it plans to add in the future. Announcements: CDU Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing 1748 E. 118th St. Los Angeles, CA 90059, www.cdrewu.edu/apply, 323-563-4839, BSNAdministration@cdrewu.edu; Emergency Food Center every second and fourth Saturday at 9:30 am, Shiloh Missionary Baptist Center 1511 E. 52nd St., Los Angeles, CA, 310-630-9530 Lavonne Spicer Moore.




Postpartum Depression: Gabrielle Kaufman

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 Guest speaker, Gabrielle Kaufman from the organization Maternal Mental Health Now, explains what postpartum depression is and how it can differ from other types of depression. Ms. Kaufman shares how this disorder can affect women regardless of race, health, and economic status. She also shares that it could be genetic. Ms. Kaufman talks about the different signs both internal and external that can denote that someone maybe suffering from postpartum depression. She explains the various treatment types that are available and can be very helpful in treating this disorder. She emphasizes that it is a very treatable disorder. One of the best ways to help a woman suffering from postpartum depression is to give her support. She addresses the fact that men may also be affected by postpartum depression and should be kept in mind as well. Ms. Kaufman gives the listeners information for resources both locally as well as nationally. Announcements: Southern Los Angeles Patient Navigation Wellness Center for the prevention and control of cancer, call 424- 260-6543; Maternal Mental Health NOW, 310-289-2202, www.maternalmentalhealthnow.org.




Great Beginnings for Black Babies: Rae Jones

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 Rae Jones, Executive Director for the organization Great Beginnings for Black Babies talks about the organization’s history and purpose. She shares information about the many programs the organizations offers and who they are offered to. These services and programs range from healthy moms and babies to fatherhood to job searches and placement. The organization is also involved in media ventures, one of which she talks about during this broadcast, a documentary “UNDER SIEGE! Our Baby Girls are Going to Prison for Profit”. She discusses the many events they organize each year and the various other community organizations they collaborate with in order to provide services and events. Ms. Jones explains about some current pitfalls the organization has been through, but expresses that Great Beginnings for Black Babies will continue to provide the services needed for the African American community as well as other communities. Announcements: Great Beginnings for Black Babies, 301 N. Prairie Ave., Suite 515 Inglewood, CA 90301, 310-677-7995; Wellington Square Farmers Market Sundays 9 am – 1 pm, 4394 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016




Pneumonia: Dr. David Martins

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 Dr. David Martins returns to talk about pneumonia and why people should still be weary of it this day in age. Dr. Martins explains what pneumonia is, how it differs from a cold or flu, and the different types of pneumonia that can develop. He also explains who is at more risk, why, and the risk factors that can expose a person to becoming infected. Dr. Martins discusses the symptoms that can occur in an infected person the ways one can avoid becoming infected, and the various treatments available to cure pneumonia. He emphasizes the importance of taking the medications prescribed for the full amount of time designated, one should not stop taking a medication as soon as they feel better, this could lead to incomplete recovery, and the infection can come back stronger than before. Also highlighted is how smoking is a very big risk factor, not only for pneumonia, but for many other very preventable diseases and illnesses. Dr. Martins gives tips on how to stay healthy and avoid risks for pneumonia; exercise, quit smoking, and do not drink alcohol excessively. Announcements: “Next Steps in Partnered Research to Build Community Wellness” May 25, 2016 8 am – 3:30 pm, Holman United Methodist Church 3320 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90018; “Men’s and Family Health Fair” June 18, 2016 10 am – 5 pm, Watts Healthcare Corporation 10300 Compton Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90002
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Male Breast Cancer: Freddie Muse Jr., Dr. David Martins

Wednesday, May 04, 2016 Dr. David Martins discusses why male breast cancer has lower rates than female breast cancer, however although rates are low the number of men who die of breast cancer is high. Dr. Martins explains the risk factors for men (family history, estrogen levels, age 60-70) and the symptoms men may experience if they develop breast cancer. Also discussed is the breast self-exam taught to women for self-checks should also be practiced by men. Treatments do not differ much from the treatments received by females. Freddie Muse Jr., Founder/President/CEO of The Men's Cancer Network, Inc., shares his experience working with men who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. One of the main issues brought up during the broadcast is the lack of information men have regarding male breast cancer. Mr. Muse also shares the reasons for establishing The Men’s Cancer Network, Inc. and the variety of services and resources they provide. Announcements: “Our voices, Our Lives, Our Air: A Community Conversation on Air Pollution and Health” May 5, 2016 10 am – 1pm, Holman United Methodist Church 3320 W. Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90018; Charles R. Drew University’s Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing RN-Bachelor of Science Nursing degree, Fall 2016 Semester, for information call 323-563-4839 or to apply go to www.cdrewu.edu/apply.
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LGBTQ Health Issues: Jovita Murillo, Giovanna Martinezviagra samples coupon

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 Jovita Murillo and Giovanna Martinez talk about the many health issues that affect the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) population. They explain that the focus on HIV/AIDS detracts from the many other health issues that affect this population, such as mental health disorders, substance abuse, domestic violence, and homelessness. Both ladies share their personal experiences being part of the LGBTQ population including the difficulties they went through and how they coped. They discuss the many ways in which this population needs to start being included in society, especially in the education and healthcare systems in order for them to get proper care and lower the negative health statistics among the LGBTQ community. They express that cultural competency amongst healthcare providers would encourage patients, from among the LGBTQ community and in other communities, to see a provider and receive proper healthcare. Announcements: Community Sexually Transmitted Infections Conference “Did You Know? I Didn’t Know.” October 9, 2015 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, California Science Center 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037; Wellington Square/CDU Farmers Market, Sundays 9am – 1pm, 4394 W. Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016; Vitamin D study with compensation up to $300 at Charles R. Drew University, for more information call Caroline Farodolu at 323 249-5709.s">pfizer viagra coupons coupon for prescriptions
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Medication Adherence: Dr. David Martins, Shirley Reid

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 Dr. David Martins explains that medication adherence means taking medications as prescribed by a doctor, taking the proper dosage at the proper times and the number of times as directed by ones doctor. Dr. Martins explains that not taking medications properly can lead to worsening health conditions as well as allow the body to build resistance against medications. Meaning that when not taking proper dosages the viruses in the body can become immune to the medication to treat it so even if the medication is taken properly in the future it will no longer have any effect on the virus. He also talks about the many reasons as to why people are unable to adhere to their medication regimens. He explains that medication adherence is not the sole responsibility of the patient, but that doctors, healthcare workers as well as family and friends should play a role in helping a person stick with their medication regimen. Ms. Shirley Reid shares her personal experience in dealing with medication adherence. She describes how at first she did not take medications as she should and the health issues it caused. Ms. Reid found people in her church that cared and helped make sure she took her mediations as she should. She also befriended her pharmacist who also helps her keep her medications up to date and refilled on time. She advises the audience to enlist people around them that care to help them with medication adherence. Announcements: Community Sexually Transmitted Infections Conference “Did You Know? I Didn’t Know.” October 9, 2015 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, California Science Center 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037; WLCAC hiring recruitment, September 24, 2015 10 am – 12:30 pm, 958 E. 108th St., Los Angeles, CA 90059; People’s Community Clinic Free Physical, September 28, 2015 1 pm – 5 pm, 400 W. Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015. iscount-on-prescription.aspx" rel="nofollow">click canada drug pharmacy coupon
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People Coordinated Services of Southern California: Joanna Barreras, Tamitra Clark, Charlene Scott

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 People Coordinated Services of Southern California (PCS) representatives discuss the background of this organization which has been serving the Los Angeles community for over 76 years. They share information about the many resources and services the organization provides in the areas of Substance Abuse Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment; Senior Services, Youth Services, and Family Services. There are a total of 11 sites in the Los Angeles area through which PCS provides its services. One of the guests, Charlene Scott, is a success story of PCS and shares about her experience going through the program and how she returned to work there. The representatives of PCS also talk about the many events that the organization puts on as well as participates in. They say that the best awards and recognitions they receive are the ones from people who thank them for their services and the success stories. People Coordinated Services of Southern California 1221 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles 323-735-1231, Outpatient Program 323-732-9124, Senior Services 323-294-5226 (South Western Division), 323-735-5799 (West Adams). Announcements: Emergency Food Center every second and fourth Saturday at 9:30 am, Shiloh Missionary Baptist Center 1511 E. 52nd St., Los Angeles, CA, 310-630-9530 Lavonne Spicer Moore; Community Sexually Transmitted Infections Conference “Did You Know? I Didn’t Know.” October 9, 2015 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, California Science Center 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037.
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Women’s Libido: Dr. Brandye Wilson-Manigat

Wednesday, September 09, 2015 On this episode, Dr. Brandye Wilson-Manigat explains what the libido is and how a women’s libido can be affected by physical as well as mental health issues. Having illnesses such as diabetes or hypertension can cause a women’s libido to diminish, but stress and relationship status can also affect a women’s sexual desire. Dr. Wilson-Manigat shares that a diminishing libido can occur at any age, affect a women’s overall well-being, however there are a few different ways to treat the occurrence. She discusses how treatments will vary from person to person as every person can have different reasons for their diminishing libido. Dr. Wilson-Manigat talks about the new FDA approved drug, Flibanserin, the first drug designed to boost a woman’s sexual desire. She describes the difference between Flibanserin and Viagra and shares some advice and precautions when taking this drug. Dr. Wilson-Manigat lets the audience know that a healthy sex drive is good for a women’s health and self-confidence, that it should not be considered unimportant or unnecessary. To contact Dr. Brandye Wilson-Manigat, lifelovelibido.com, T.H.E. Clinic 3834 S. Western Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90062, (323) 730-1920. Announcements: Wellington Square/CDU Farmers Market, Sundays 9am – 1pm, 4394 W. Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016; FemAALES project help black women stay HIV negative 323-379-2050, www.Femaales.org.s">free discount prescription card coupon for prescriptions
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Dental and Oral Hygiene: Dr. Omid Farahmand

Wednesday, September 02, 2015 Dentist, Dr. Omid Farahmand, talks about what parts of the body are included when discussing dental and oral hygiene. Dr. Farahmand discusses how bone health is also important in regards to this topic. He shares what the best routine is to keep the mouth and teeth clean and healthy. He also shares how having poor dental and oral hygiene can affect the rest of body, such as the heart and brain as well as how it can lead to oral cancer. Dr. Farahmand lists and discusses the various risk behaviors that can worsen poor hygiene and talks about behaviors that can help with maintaining good hygiene. Dr. Omid Farahmand advises on the best type of oral care products to use from toothpastes to sugarless chewing gums. He instructs on when to start seeing a dentist and how often. To contact Dr. Omid Farahmand’s practice West Hollywood – 310.273.3650, Arcadia - 626.254.1948, http://ofdentalcare.com. Announcements: Vitamin D study with compensation up to $300 at Charles R. Drew University, for more information call Caroline Farodolu at 323 249-5709; Southern Los Angeles Patient Navigation Wellness Center for the prevention and control of cancer, call 424- 260-6543.
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CDU Updates: Dr. David Carlisle

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 Dr. Carlisle returns once again to give his quarterly update about Charles R. Drew University (CDU). He shares that CDU has received two recognitions in the last few months, one from the National Medical Association. These recognitions are a testament that the university is on the right track and accomplishing its goals. Dr. Carlisle also shares that the coming year will be filled with celebration events leading up to CDU’s 50th anniversary in August of 2016. He discusses the beginning of the fall semester and current student enrollment as well as the accepting of applications for the physician assistant, master in science program. The physician assistant program’s first class will begin in August of 2016. Dr. Carlisle talked about the physician shortage around the nation and the absence of people of color in the medical education pipeline. He discusses what is being done and what can still be done by communities and the federal government to address the issue. He shares the role that CDU is taking in addressing the issue. Announcements: Emergency Food Center every second and fourth Saturday at 9:30 am, Shiloh Missionary Baptist Center 1511 E. 52nd St., Los Angeles, CA, 310-630-9530 Lavonne Spicer Moore; LA Care Lynwood Center 3180 E. Imperial Highway, Lynwood, CA 90262, 1-888-525-9693, www.lacare.org, LA Care Inglewood Center 3111 W. Century Blvd in Inglewood, CA, 1-888-213-9384 www.lacare.org.s">blog.brunothalmann.com coupon for prescriptions
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Emergency Preparedness: Aizita Magaña

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 Aizita Magaña, from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, talks about the types of disasters one must prepare for as a resident of Los Angeles County. Ms. Magaña explains the importance of having emergency kits in the home and car, having an emergency family plan, as well as knowing the available emergency situation resources in one’s community. Community resources can include churches, community centers, and local civic offices. She stresses the importance of getting to know your neighbors and coming together to create community emergency plans. Ms. Magaña talks about the Los Angeles County Community Disaster Resilience project and the Community Disaster Resilience toolkit available to community organizers who would like to initiate a disaster resiliency plan in their community. For more information on emergency preparedness, Emergency Preparedness and Response Program, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, (213) 637-3600, www.readyla.org www.ready.gov, or dial 211. Announcements: Community Stroke Symposium, August 20, 2015, 8 am – 2 pm, Carson Community Center 801 E. Carson St., Carson, CA 90745; FemAALES project help black women stay HIV negative 323-379-2050, www.Femaales.org.
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Avalon-Carver Community Center: Aziza Lucas-Wright, Jamico Elder, Darnell Bell

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 The representatives from the Avalon-Carver Community Center share information regarding the establishing and history of the community center. They discuss the many programs, resources, and services the center offers to the South Los Angeles community for youth to older adults. The community center conducts research projects as well. It provides thorough background information to the community regarding the process and procedures to help community members better understand the research and trust those conducting it. The representatives also talk about some success stories about the community members who have received the community centers help and how many of those have come back to work with the center. The Avalon-Carver Community Center also holds events throughout the year geared towards informing on health related issues and even provide financial help to its community. The Avalon-Carver Community Center is located at 4920 S. Avalon Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90011 and can be contacted at 323-232-4391. Announcements: Community Stroke Symposium, August 20, 2015, 8 am – 2 pm, Carson Community Center 801 E. Carson St., Carson, CA 90745; Wellington Square/CDU Farmers Market, Sundays 9am – 1pm, 4394 W. Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016
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(Rebroadcast) Focusing on Glaucoma: Dr. Richard Baker

Wednesday, August 05, 2015 Ophthalmologist Dr. Richard Baker talks about what glaucoma is. He explains that it is not just one disease, but a couple of different diseases. Glaucoma is either open angle or closed angle of which one differentiating fact is that open angle has no noticeable symptoms until vision loss is severe. Dr. Baker shares about the types of treatments available to slow the progression of vision loss and maintain remaining vision. He talks about the controversy over the use of marijuana as a treatment, the lack of scientific research, and the history behind why that is. Dr. Baker clarifies the difference between the 3 vision specialists, Optician, Optometrist and Ophthalmologist, and when to start seeing a specialist and how often. Dr. Baker also gives advice as to how to make sure one keeps their primary physician aware of any eye care that could affect treatments or medications being taken for other health conditions. Announcements: Emergency Food Center every second and fourth Saturday at 9:30 am, Shiloh Missionary Baptist Center 1511 E. 52nd St., Los Angeles, CA, 310-630-9530 Lavonne Spicer Moore; Family Health & Enrollment Fair, January 31, 2015 from 10am – 3pm at California African American Museum 600 State Dr. Exposition Park; Knowledge Behind The Ribbon Fundraiser Luncheon, January 31, 2015 from 11am – 2pm at Century Community Charter School 901 Maple St. Inglewood 90301
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Older Adults and the Health Implications of Falling: Dr. David Ganz

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 On this broadcast, Dr. David Ganz talks about how big the issue of falling is amongst older adults (aged 65 and older) along with the risk factors that can lead to falling. Risk factors such as having diabetes, medications, bad vision, and a few others. Dr. Ganz discusses how falling can have many negative health implications for older adults, both physical and mental. One of the biggest problems is the loss of independence. Despite these issues many older adults do not talk to their healthcare providers about falling. Even falls not thought of as serious can be detrimental to older adults. He shares some of the best ways to avoid falls and what caregivers can do to help. Dr. Ganz also shares information about the work he does in the area of helping older adults avoid falling. He also provides resources for more information on avoiding falls. Announcements: Vitamin D study with compensation up to $300 at Charles R. Drew University, for more information call Caroline Farodolu at 323 249-5709; Southern Los Angeles Patient Navigation Wellness Center for the prevention and control of cancer, call 424- 260-6543.




Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Cervical Cancers: Judith Okoro, Chioma Abaekobe, Ignacio Becerra, Dr. Eva McGhee

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 Students Judith, Chioma and Ignacio, along with their mentor Dr. Eva McGhee explain what the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is, how one can become infected, and the various cancers that are associated with HPV. The students also discuss the treatments available to prevent becoming infected with HPV and how widely available they are for both males and females. They also share that while the vaccines to prevent HPV are easily accessible very few people actually get the treatments due to mis-conceptions or lack of proper information. Each student describes their current research projects regarding HPV and what information they hope to gain from their studies as well as how it can help with the development of better treatments and possible cures. Announcements: Wellington Square/CDU Farmers Market, Sundays 9am – 1pm, 4394 W. Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016; Emergency Food Center every second and fourth Saturday at 9:30 am, Shiloh Missionary Baptist Center 1511 E. 52nd St., Los Angeles, CA, 90011, 310-630-9530 Lavonne Spicer Moore.




SHIELDS for Families: Dr. Kathryn Icenhower, Norma Mtume

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 Co-founders of the organization SHIELDS for Families, Dr. Kathryn Icenhower and Ms. Norma Mtume, share the history behind the founding of the organization. They explain that their initial goal was to provide services and resources to mothers with children prenatally exposed to drugs. As the years went by they began to address the other needs they realized their clients had. Today, SHIELDS for Families provides services, resources, and programs in the areas of employment, mental health, family services, substance abuse, and many others. These services are available to all those living in the Los Angeles area. Dr. Icenhower and Ms. Mtume share how some of the programs created by SHIELDS for Families have been used as models for other programs nationwide. Both ladies give accounts of some success stories of their programs participants. The co-founders also describe the most significant award the organization has received over the years and out of the many. To contact SHIELDS for Families one can call 323-242-5000 ext.1209 or online at www.shieldsforfamilies.org.




(Rebroadcast) Compassion: Dr. David Martins, Reverend Russell Thornhill

Wednesday, July 08, 2015 Compassion is the consciousness to other’s misfortunes, life challenges, and life circumstances. It is also described as the capacity for being moved by the suffering of others and wanting to alleviate people from such suffering. The various components to compassion are generosity, hospitality, tolerance, and sensitivity. Many chronic diseases that are stress related could be reduced tremendously with a more compassionate society. By showing compassion and care for others, it can also bring tranquility and peace into your own life. It takes you away from your own life fears and stresses as you become focused trying to help others. The listening audience is reminded to be compassionate by volunteering time, giving, loving, and caring for those around them.




The Passport to Wellness Research Project:  Dr. Nina Harawa, Rev. Paul Hill

Wednesday, July 01, 2015 The Passport to Wellness Research Project is an HIV/AIDS intervention program for Men who Have Sex with Men. This research project is unique in that it includes behavioral, biomedical, and spiritual components in its intervention methods. The goals of the program are to reduce the risk of HIV infection, encourage participants to get tested for HIV for early detection and treatment, medication adherence, as well as peer mentoring. Dr. Nina Harawa talks about the behavioral and biomedical aspects of the intervention and Rev. Paul Hill discusses the spiritual components of the program. They both explain the importance of including all three components in any intervention of this kind. Dr. Harawa also gives some background in regards to the magnitude of the HIV/AIDS problem in the County of Los Angeles. She shares data regarding which populations are most affected in the county.




CDU School of Nursing: Dr. Sheldon Fields

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 Dr. Sheldon Fields is the Dean of the Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing (MMDSON) at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU). His interest in the nursing profession was sparked when, as a young man, he observed that a family member who was a nurse lived a stable lifestyle as a result of her career choice. Dr. Fields discusses the history behind the opening of the MMDSON as well as the nursing programs offered. The MMDSON is named after the late African American political leader, Mervyn M. Dymally, who served in the California State Assembly, the State Senate, and as the 41st Lieutenant Governor. The School of Nursing opened in August 2010. The mission of the School of Nursing is to “advance the art and science of nursing by conducting nursing research and providing nursing students with high quality education and the necessary tools that emphasizes the access to health care, prevention and treatment of underserved communities.”




The Latest News on Sickle Cell Disease: Nita Thompson

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 Ms. Nita Thompson, a sickle cell advocate and educator, gives an overview of what sickle cell disease and sickle cell trait are and the differences between them.  She talks about the importance of bone marrow, stem cell, and cord blood in treating people who suffer from sickle cell.  Ms. Thompson discusses the low number of donors in these areas, the great need for more people of color to donate bone marrow, stem cell, and cord blood, and how to go about registering to be a donor. She explains that there are myths that deter people from becoming donors and she gives facts in regards to the donating process.  Ms. Nita Thompson also announces the dates of World Sickle Cell Day and Sickle Cell Disease Awareness month and shares the many activities and events that will be happening locally and worldwide during these dates.  The local event will occur in Leimert Park June 19th 21st.  Announcements: www.worldsicklecellday.org, for resources and information on Sickle Cell 323-750-1087;  Wellington Square/CDU Farmers Market, Sundays 9am 1pm, 4394 W. Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016;  FemAALES project help black women stay HIV negative 323-379-2050, www.Femaales.org.
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Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: Dr. Curley Bonds, Clyde Hill

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 Dr. Curley Bonds shares the various types of traumatic events that can cause Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in some people.  He discusses how not only victims, but witnesses of traumatic events can also develop PTSD.  Dr. Bonds further discusses risk factors and resilience factors that can explain why some people are more prone to develop PTSD than others.  He also explains the various treatment options that can help a person manage their disorder and live a comfortable life.  Mr Clyde Hill talks about his personal experience with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder; the events in his life that lead him to develop this disorder , the symptoms he experienced, the personal health issues it has caused, and how it has affected his social  life over the years.  He explains how current media events sometimes trigger his symptoms of PTSD.  Mr. Hill shares the treatment options that have helped him manage his PTSD.  Announcements: Crisis/Suicide Prevention Hotline 877-727-4747;  Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, www.didihirsch.org, 310-751-5441;  Vitamin D study with compensation up to $300 at Charles R. Drew University, for more information call Caroline Farodolu at 323 249-5709;  Southern Los Angeles Patient Navigation Wellness Center for the prevention and control of cancer, call 424- 260-6543.
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L.A. Centers for Alcohol and Drug Abuse: Bill Tarkanian, Liana Sanchez

Wednesday, June 03, 2015 Representatives from the Los Angeles Centers for Alcohol and Drug Abuse (L.A. CADA) agency, Bill Tarkanian and Liana Sanchez share background information about the agency’s start and founders. They also talk about the many services provided by L.A. CADA for adults and youth; services include both outpatient and residential programs. They explained that these services and resources are available not only by being court-mandated, but to the public at large. Also, both Mr. Tarkanian and Ms. Sanchez share their personal stories about their past history with substance abuse, how they overcame their addictions, and how they became L.A. CADA staff. They informed the audience that the agency has two main offices, one located in Santa Fe Springs and the second located in Downtown L.A. in the Skid Row area, as well as having many other satellite offices. Announcements: FemAALES project, help black women stay HIV negative 323-379-2050, www.Femaales.org; Emergency Food Center every second and fourth Saturday at 9:30 am, Shiloh Missionary Baptist Center 1511 E. 52nd St., Los Angeles, CA, 90011, 310-630-9530 Lavonne Spicer Moore; L.A. Centers for Alcohol and Drug Abuse, www.lacada.com, Santa Fe Springs Office 562-906-2676, Downtown/Skid Row Office 213-626-6411.




Lupus: Luz Hernandez, Tiera Grant

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 National Health Educator Luz Hernandez, from the Lupus Foundation of America, shares information about the autoimmune disease known as lupus. She informs the audience that it is a very complex disease that can occur in various parts of the body, is very hard to identify, and can take years to be diagnosed. Ms. Hernandez also shares that 90% of people diagnosed with lupus are women and women of color are at higher risk of developing lupus. She talks about the various treatments and lack of a cure. Ms. Tiera Grant shares her personal experience in coping with having lupus. She talks about being diagnosed with lupus at an early age, living with the disease for the past 12 years, and how she has overcome some of the perceived limitations imposed by lupus. Ms. Grant shares some words of encouragement for those who may be living with lupus. Luz Hernandez also shares information about the Lupus Foundation of America; its resources, services, and campaigns. Announcements: Lupus Foundation of America, 1800 Studebaker Road, Suite 700 Cerritos, California 90703, www.lupus.org, 800-558-0121; Wellington Square/CDU Farmers Market, Sundays 9am – 1pm, 4394 W. Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016; Alcoholism Center for Women/CDU Farmers Market, Wednesdays 11am – 5pm, 1147 S. Alvarado St., Los Angeles, CA 90006.




Food Allergies: Dr. Farid Zarif

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 On this broadcast returning nutritionist Dr. Farid Zarif explains what happens in the body when one is having an allergic reaction and what causes allergic reactions to foods. He talks about the different types of allergies and the most common foods that produce them. Dr. Zarif also discusses that allergies can be developed as well as be genetically transmitted. He advises on the best types of foods to eat to lower the risk of developing allergies and clarifies information that lead to the myths about causes of allergic reactions. Dr. Farid Zarif shares some information about his new book, “Slaves of the Tongue” which informs about the science of food and lowering the risks of illness and disease. Announcements: Vitamin D study with compensation up to $300 at Charles R. Drew University, for more information call Caroline Farodolu at 323 249-5709; Southern Los Angeles Patient Navigation Wellness Center for the prevention and control of cancer, call 424- 260-6543.




Sleep Apnea: Dr. David Martins, Dwight Ross

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 Dr. David Martins explains what is meant when someone is said to have a sleep apnea and talks about 3 different types of apneas. He discusses the differences in the causes of each type and how sleep apneas are diagnosed. Dr. Martins gives advice as to how to lessen sleep apnea episodes oneself and talks about the many different treatment methods available to eliminate this sleeping disorder. Mr. Dwight Ross, who suffered from a sleep apnea, shares his personal experience in dealing with this sleeping disorder. He explains how his sleep apnea was affecting his overall health and quality of life as well as what led to his being diagnosed and what treatment has worked for him. Mr. Ross shares how his quality of life has improved. Announcements: Brown Bag Lunch Symposium “Environmental Justice – It is our Business”, May 15, 2015 10am – 12pm, Avalon-Carver Community Center 4920 S. Avalon Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90011; Emergency Food Center every second and fourth Saturday at 9:30 am, Shiloh Missionary Baptist Center 1511 E. 52nd St., Los Angeles, CA, 310-630-9530 Lavonne Spicer Moore.




Watts/Century Latino Organization: Arturo Ybarra, Pahola Ybarra

Wednesday, May 06, 2015 Arturo Ybarra, the director, and Pahola Ybarra, the program coordinator, share the background about the establishing of the Watts/Century Latino Organization (WCLO) and the services and programs the organization provides to the Watts Community. Both guest noted that although “Latino” is in the name of the organization, they serve all ethnicities, races, and cultures in the Watts area. One of the main programs of the organization is the South Los Angeles Home Ownership program which provides First-Time Home Buyer Education and Counseling as well as Foreclosure Prevention and Counseling. The organization also conducts English as a Second Language (ESL) classes and has a computer lab that is open to the community for doing homework or conducting job searches. The WCLO has two main annual events, the Cinco de Mayo multi-cultural celebration and the Christmas Food Basket giveaway. For those interested in reaching out to the WCLO you can call 323-564-9140, send an email to aybarra@wacelo.org or visit the main office located at 10360 Wilmington Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90002. Announcements: Brown Bag Lunch Symposium “Environmental Justice – It is our Business”, May 15, 2015 10am – 12pm, Avalon-Carver Community Center 4920 S. Avalon Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90011, FemAALES project help black women stay HIV negative 323-379-2050, www.Femaales.org, Watts/Century Latino Organization Annual Cinco de Mayo multi-cultural celebration, May 16, 2015, 10am – 4pm, Watts Towers 1761-1765 East 107th Street, Los Angeles, California.




CDU Updates: Dr. David Carlisle, Dr. Steve Michael

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 Dr. Carlisle returns once again to give his quarterly update about Charles R. Drew University (CDU). He begins with the sad announcement of the passing of Dr. Gus Gill on April 7, 2015. Dr. Gill served CDU for 37 years as an Otolaryngologist and for a time as Senior advisor to the president. He retired from CDU on April 1, 2015. A memorial service for Dr. Gus Gill will be held on May 2, 2015 at CDU. Dr. Carlisle introduced the new Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost of CDU Dr. Steve Michael. Dr. Michael shared what he hopes to bring to the university and plans to accomplish. Dr. Carlisle also shared that Match Day for students went very well, with 72% of CDU students being matched to residency’s for primary care. Also discussed were the upcoming 31st annual commencement ceremony, CDU 50th anniversary celebration and CDU students Global Mission project. Announcements: Dr. Gus Gill Memorial, May 2, 2015, 11:00am, 1748 E. 118th St., Los Angeles, CA 90059; “HIV/AIDS and the Black Community” Congress Members Maxine Waters and Robin Kelly will be in attendance, May 2, 2015 2pm – 4pm, 1731 E. 120th St., Los Angeles, CA 90059.




Los Angeles Urban League: D'Ann Morris

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 D’Ann Morris, Director of Health Initiatives for the Los Angeles Urban League (LAUL), shares some background about the establishing of the LAUL and how services and programs have been added and expanded over the years. The LAUL sponsors programs for health issues like cancer and flu shots, medication awareness and adherence, grocery shopping and reading labels, school tutoring and mentoring, as well as job placement and small business help just to name a few. All programs are free and available to all age groups. Some of these programs even provide gift cards to grocery stores or pharmacies. Ms. Morris also explains the research study that the LAUL is involved in called the Healthy Community Neighborhood Initiative, in which trained volunteers go door to door to assess and treat the health issues and needs of households in a 70-block area in Los Angeles. The purpose of the study is to help create appropriate models of health interventions and the access to them. For those interested in reaching out the LAUL you can call 323-299-9660, or go online to www.laul.org/, or visit the main office located at 3450 Mount Vernon Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90008. Announcements: Wellington Square/CDU Farmers Market, Sundays 9am – 1pm, 4394 W. Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016; Alcoholism Center for Women/CDU Farmers Market, Wednesdays 11am – 5pm, 1147 S. Alvarado St., Los Angeles, CA 90006.




STDs in Youth and Seniors: Dr. Wilbert Jordan, Donnie Frazier, Percival Pandy

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 The guests talk about how prevalent sexually transmitted diseases are and which are the most common; syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia. They share which groups are growing in numbers of infections and why that is. They also explain how if left untreated some of these diseases can lead to blindness or sterility. The guests inform on how to lower the risk of becoming infected. They also discuss some of the effective methods to address and create awareness on the issue of sexually transmitted diseases and the importance of implementing these methods in different venues such as churches and especially schools. Dr. Wilbert Jordan, Donnie Frazier, and Percival Pandy share some resources available to get more information or help: teensource.org, iwannaknow.org, www.cdc.gov/std. Announcements: Brown Bag Lunch Symposium “Autism in Our Community, It’s Ok to Talk About It”, April 17, 2015 10am – 12pm, Avalon-Carver Community Center 4920 S. Avalon Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90011.




Sexual Assault: Tiombe Sewell

Wednesday, April 08, 2015 Guest Tiombe Sewell explains what is labeled as sexual assault and the implications of being a victim. The discussion includes reasons as to why victims do not report being assaulted, why families can have a hard time accepting a loved one has been a victim, and how to report being assaulted. Ms. Sewell talks about the profile of an attacker and what their motives for assaulting a victim are. She also discusses the steps and rights of a victim during the reporting process. Resources for victims and their families can be received from the National Sexual Assault Hotline, 1-800-656-4673 as well as from LA County District Attorney’s Victim-Witness Assistance Program, 1-800-380-3811. Announcements: Brown Bag Lunch Symposium “Autism in Our Community, It’s Ok to Talk About It”, April 17, 2015 10am – 12pm, Avalon-Carver Community Center 4920 S. Avalon Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90011.




PrEPing for PrEP: Minister Donta Morrison, Terry Smith

Wednesday, April 01, 2015 African Americans continue to be disproportionately represented among new cases of HIV infections in the United States. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is one recent development that is being promoted within some sectors of the scientific community as a means of reducing infections, especially within hard-to-reach populations such as gay or bisexual Black men. While there has been dissention about the appropriateness of using PrEP within some quarters of the Black community, a growing number of studies are showing that this biomedical option may be an effective and important new addition to the “HIV prevention toolbox.” AIDS Project Los Angeles will host a PrEP Community Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, April 7 beginning at 7pm.




Social Workers : Dr. Shirley Better, David P. Lee, Jennifer Viveros

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 The guests speak about their experiences being social workers. They explain what a social worker does, what characteristics make a good social worker, and how they can help people cope with life problems by directing them to resources or through counseling. The social workers talk about the difficulties they can encounter at times in regards to being able to provide needed services as well as the lack of people seeking them out voluntarily due to misinformation about what social workers actually do. They describe the various areas in which social workers can be found such as in HIV services, marriage and family health services, mental health services, juvenile delinquency services, and many more. The speakers also advise listeners on how to go about reporting a social worker who does not behave appropriately or does not provide the requested services (Board of Behavioral Sciences, www.bbs.ca.gov). The guest speakers encourage people to seek out social workers when they need help in life. Social workers can be sought out without a referral, they can be found through www.211.org or calling 2-1-1, community centers, and churches.




You Can...Because you are Strong, Loving, and Capable! : Dr. A. Hasani Perry

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 Dr. A. Hasani Perry shares her experience growing up in St. Louis and then moving to L.A, how growing up she lived in a neighborhood, but today a neighborhood has a different meaning, neighbors do not look out for each other like they used to. Dr. Perry talks about her belief that everyone has a purpose and that the road to fulfill that purpose may not be easy. She also explains that people need to find out about their history and roots so they know where they come from, what they are made of, and know what their ancestors have accomplished before them, in turn making them just as able to succeed. With this knowledge comes strength and confidence. Dr. Perry shares her message that “You Can…Because You Are Strong, Loving, and Capable!” and to change your way of thinking in order to change your outcomes in life. Announcement: Coming Forth by Day book signing and discussion, Sunday, March 29, 2015, 6pm – 8pm KRST Unity Center of African Spiritual Science, 7825 S. Western Ave Los Angeles, CA 90047.




Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC) : Timothy Watkins Sr.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 Mr. Timothy Watkins Sr. tells about the history, founder and founding of the Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC). He shares the involvement of the WLCAC with the Watts area and what services, resources and events it provides for free to the community. Services are provided for youth, seniors, homeless, formerly incarcerated and many other members of the community. Services include housing, after school programs, job placement and many others. Events include health fairs and quarterly BBQs. Mr. Watkins also shares the many future endeavors the WLCAC will embark on including an urban farm in Watts and participating in a PBS documentary on the past 50 years of Los Angeles with a feature on Watts. For those interested in reaching out to the WLCAC you can call 323-563-5639, or go online to www.wlcac.org or visit the main office located at 10950 S. Central Ave., Watts, CA 90059.




AIDS and Communities of Color: What’s Next? : Reverend Damali “Najuma” Smith-Pollard, Hilda, Victoria

Wednesday, March 04, 2015 This broadcast highlights the observances of the National Week of Prayer for the Healing of HIV/AIDS and National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (3/10). Reverend Najuma Pollard-Smith talks about how churches in many communities have responded to the HIV/AIDS epidemic and how they continue to grow in acceptance and outreach to communities. She gives her opinion on how churches will become even more open to providing resources and services in regards to HIV/AIDS in the future. Victoria and Hilda share their personal experiences regarding how they came to be infected and how the LODi project has helped them through support services. The LODi (Ladies of Diversity) project focus was to link HIV positive women of color with care and support services and to help them retain these services. This project was based in Los Angeles. Announcements: LODi project, 213-484-1186 x3016 www.ladiesofdiversity.com; The LIFE Center (CDU & Black Women for Wellness partnership) Grand Opening, March 7, 2015 11am-4pm, 9900 S. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90044, www.bwwla.org, 323-290-5955.




How Compassion Affects the Health of the Community: Dr. David Martins, Rev. Kelvin Sauls

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 Dr. Martins and Reverend Kelvin Sauls describe what compassion is and discuss how showing compassion or a lack of compassion can affect a person’s health. They discuss how compassion should come from society at large; public servants, medical providers, neighbors, as well as those close to us. The added stressors that different people around us can cause can be very detrimental to our physical and mental health. Both guests explain how we must also learn to have compassion for ourselves and not be too hard on ourselves when mistakes are made or we are feeling less than adequate. Dr. Martins gives an overview on the results of a study he conducted on compassion and how they help to understand people’s thoughts on what compassion is and how they rate themselves when it comes to compassion. Both guests also advise as to how to cope when we are not shown compassion and keep it from affecting our health.




Black History Month, Health Disparities: What has Changed and What hasn't?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 On this week’s broadcast, Dr. David Martins and Aziza Lucas-Wright discuss the major causes of health disparities in the African American community. Dr. Martins explains that it’s not just about looking at the numbers in the data, but at environments and society itself. Both Dr. Martins and Aziza bring to light how the medical community needs to shed biases in order for all people to receive the proper and appropriate care. They also comment on how this change can lead to the lowering of health disparity among the African American community as well as in other underserved communities. Dr. Martins and Aziza also talk about how important it is for people to take their health care into their own hands and make sure they get the care they deserve from their medical providers. Announcements: “Black Love is Still Safe Love”, interventions to prevent HIV from experts in the field, Friday February 20, 2015, 5m – 8pm, Bayou Grille, 1400 N. La Brea, Inglewood, Brown Bag Lunch Symposium; A Matter of the Heart” February 20, 2015, 10am to 12pm, Avalon Carver Community Center, 4920 S. Avalon Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90011; Emergency Food Center every second and fourth Saturday at 9:30 am, Shiloh Missionary Baptist Center 1511 E. 52nd St., Los Angeles, CA, 310-630-9530 Lavonne Spicer Moore; CDU farmers market every Sunday from 10 am- 2 pm at Vermont Village; Femaales project looks to reduce HIV in African American women, you can call 323-379-2050 or www.femaales.org; Vitamin D study at Charles R. Drew University, for more information call Caroline Farodolu at 323 249-5709; call 424- 260-6543 for the Southern Los Angeles and Patient Navigation Wellness Center




Eating Disorders: Dr. Diana Ramos, Keesha Broome

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 Dr. Diana Ramos and Mrs. Keesha Broome share information regarding causes and consequences of eating disorders as well as who can be at risk for developing the disorder. They talk about the various types of disorders and possible treatments for them, however they emphasize that the disorders and treatments vary from person to person. Mrs. Broome shares her personal experience with an eating disorder and how she was able to overcome it. Dr. Ramos gives information on resources available through the county and Mrs. Keesha Broome gives contact information for Monte Nido Eating Disorder Treatment Center. Announcements: “Black Love is Still Safe Love”, interventions to prevent HIV from experts in the field, Friday February 20, 2015, 5m – 8pm, Bayou Grille, 1400 N. La Brea, Inglewood.




Organ and Tissue Donation: Charlene Zettel, Terri Long, Mindy and Jesus Cruz

Wednesday, February 04, 2015 CEO of Donate Life California, Charlene Zettel, talks about why it is important to maintain an organ and tissue donor registry and the various ways in which people can register to donate. She explains that there are over 22,000 people in California alone who are waiting for transplants. Ms. Zettel also gives details about who can register, the various organs and tissues that can be donated, and quality of life for recipients and living donors. Terri Long shares her experience in regards to being a liver transplant recipient. She talks about her feelings in dealing with the notion that a family lost a loved one and she was the recipient of the donated organ. Mindy and Jesus Cruz share their story as parents of a donor. Their son Jesus “Jesse” Cruz collapsed one day and was not able to be saved, Jesse had registered to donate a few years before and was a candidate to be a tissue donor. Mindy and Jesus Cruz describe how their family talked about being donors and honoring those decisions for each other. Announcements: Emergency Food Center every second and fourth Saturday at 9:30 am, Shiloh Missionary Baptist Center 1511 E. 52nd St., Los Angeles, CA, 310-630-9530 Lavonne Spicer Moore; CDU farmers market every Sunday from 10 am- 2 pm at Vermont Village; Femaales project looks to reduce HIV in African American women, you can call 323-379-2050 or www.femaales.org; Vitamin D study at Charles R. Drew University, for more information call Caroline Farodolu at 323 249-5709; call 424- 260-6543 for the Southern Los Angeles and Patient Navigation Wellness Center, this center focus is to help reduce the burden of cancer in the community.




Focusing on Glaucoma: Dr. Richard Baker

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 Ophthalmologist Dr. Richard Baker talks about what glaucoma is. He explains that it is not just one disease, but a couple of different diseases. Glaucoma is either open angle or closed angle of which one differentiating fact is that open angle has no noticeable symptoms until vision loss is severe. Dr. Baker shares about the types of treatments available to slow the progression of vision loss and maintain remaining vision. He talks about the controversy over the use of marijuana as a treatment, the lack of scientific research, and the history behind why that is. Dr. Baker clarifies the difference between the 3 vision specialists, Optician, Optometrist and Ophthalmologist, and when to start seeing a specialist and how often. Dr. Baker also gives advice as to how to make sure one keeps their primary physician aware of any eye care that could affect treatments or medications being taken for other health conditions. Announcements: Emergency Food Center every second and fourth Saturday at 9:30 am, Shiloh Missionary Baptist Center 1511 E. 52nd St., Los Angeles, CA, 310-630-9530 Lavonne Spicer Moore; Family Health & Enrollment Fair, January 31, 2015 from 10am – 3pm at California African American Museum 600 State Dr. Exposition Park; Knowledge Behind The Ribbon Fundraiser Luncheon, January 31, 2015 from 11am – 2pm at Century Community Charter School 901 Maple St. Inglewood 90301




(Rebroadcast) Physician Assistants: Katayoun Moini

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 Professor Katayoun Moini, Director of the CDU Physician Assistant (PA) program, explains what a physician assistant is trained to do and where you would encounter one. She also shares how getting treated by a physician assistant compares to being seen by a medical doctor in all areas including quality of service and cost. Usually a person who gets medical treatment is seen by a physician assistant without knowing it. Professor Moini clarifies that a physician assistant is a very well trained medical expert who can provide the necessary medical assistance. She announces that the CDU physician assistant program will be starting in August of 2015 and what qualifications are required of any candidate interested in applying for the CDU program or any other PA program.




The Thyroid and Your Overall Health: Dr. David Martins, Loretta Jones

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 Dr. David Martins gives background on what the thyroid is and what its function is in the body. He explains the differences between hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism along with their symptoms, diagnosis procedures, and how each can affect ones’ health. Loretta Jones shares her personal experience dealing with both hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism and gives advice to listeners on how to make sure a doctor is thoroughly aware of ones symptoms in order to be properly diagnosed. Both Dr. Martins and Ms. Loretta cover treatment options and their lasting effects. They also encourage those who know someone who claim, show signs or symptoms of thyroid disorder to be more compassionate and understanding of that person and not stigmatize them in regards to their health issues. Announcements: Emergency Food Center every second and fourth Saturday at 9:30 am, Shiloh Missionary Baptist Center 1511 E. 52nd St., Los Angeles, CA, 310-630-9530 Lavonne Spicer Moore; Holy Hook Up “The Finale” Featuring The Sons of Thunder, January 23, 2015 at 6:30pm, Holman United Methodist Church 3320 Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90018.




Caring for the Caregivers: Constance Kizzie-Gillett, Assata Umoja

Wednesday, January 07, 2015 Caregivers Constance and Assata share their personal experiences in becoming and being caregivers. They talk about the stresses, challenges, and struggles when it comes to caregiving. They also talk about available resources for caregivers and how important it is for caregivers to be proactive in finding out and taking advantage of them as much as possible. Both ladies discuss how essential it is to not forget to take care of one-self emotionally and physically as well and for others to support and help a caregiver however and whenever they can. They explain that caregivers may feel guilty at first about taking time for themselves, however that they should not. If a caregiver takes care of themselves then they are better able to care for their loved one. The guests suggest that caregivers make sure they have hobbies, plans, and goals outside of being a caregiver that can be looked to once the loved one cared for passes away. Constance Gillett is the founder of Lillie’s Care Circle, a support group for caregivers. Announcements: AARP www.aarp.org/caregiving; LA Department of Aging (Multi-service Senior Program), California Department of Aging; Lillie’s Care Circle (CARES) 5730 S. Crenshaw Blvd., Sundays at 1 PM; In Home Health Care 888-944-IHSS, 213-744-4477, www.dpss.lacounty.gov/dpss/ihss,; Village Health Center 4071 W. Pico Blvd., Support Group every 4th Saturday at 5 PM, Contact Denise Davidson




(Rebroadcast) Cutting Slack Instead of Cutting Throat: Reverend Cecil Murray

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 This week’s episode focused on the importance of being kind to one another. Many people experience hurt between each other. Usually these feelings are exacerbated when we already feel hurt within ourselves. As a community everyone needs to learn how to cut some slack for others. Among young black males ages 18-31, the leading cause of death is homicide. The second leading cause of death for this age group is suicide. This alarming statistic displays that as a community we are hurting each other and ultimately hurting ourselves. There are many ways to combat this issue. Some suggestions are to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and learn about others as it decreases ignorance and increases compassion. The next time you have an urge to be upset at someone else, try to be kind. Observe how people react when you demonstrate an act of kindness. There is so much you get back from being kind.




(Rebroadcast) Charity: Giving any Gift: Reverend Ed Hansen

Wednesday, December 24, 2014 This week’s episode focused on charity and its importance. Charity is voluntary, not something we have to do. It is any gift of love we chose to provide where there are no expectations of anything in return. It is to give freely and lovingly. There are many benefits to the act of charity. It’s important to realize we live in a community and belong to one another. If we are going to improve life for all of us we have to do a part in helping this world be a better place. It is our duty to God to enhance the quality of life for everyone in the community; we are not isolated entities, but rather interwoven together. When someone is a giver, God brings more their way. The speakers remind the listening audience to not only give during the holidays. Instead, we should let the light of giving flicker throughout the year.




What They Haven't Told You About Ebola. Dr. Samuel Shacks, Dr. Shirley Evers-Manly

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 On this broadcast, Drs. Samuel Shacks and Dr. Shirley Evers-Manly give information regarding the Ebola virus and the 2014 outbreak. They explain what a virus is, how it reproduces and how it can spread. They share how this virus is not a new virus, but has been in nature in once undisturbed areas such as the rainforests. These areas are now being entered by humans due to development or displacement. Similar viruses have also appeared in other regions of the world including the U.S. and South America. The Drs. talk about some of the issues regarding the Ebola outbreak that were not widely covered in the media such as its emotional toll as well as the cultural factors that contributes to the spread of the virus. Also discussed is the medical response to the current outbreak and any disparities associated to the response. The doctors also discuss that at the moment there is no cure or functional treatment, but traditional care can be helpful, providing an affected person with water, other liquids and electrolytes can be effective in treating a person and leading to recovering. Announcements: Emergency Food Center every second and fourth Saturday at 9:30 am, Shiloh Missionary Baptist Center 1511 E. 52nd St., Los Angeles, CA, 310-630-9530 Lavonne Spicer Moore.




Growing Past Grief: Reverend Ed Hansen, Reverend Cecil Murray

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 Reverend’s Cecil Murray and Ed Hansen talk about the grief and the various forms of loss that can cause it, from having a loved one pass away to having had a divorce. They explain that grief is healthy and natural; however it should not get to the point to where one cannot live one’s life properly. People should look to the future, be positive and be able to move forward and not hold on to the past. The length of one’s grief can vary from person to person. The reverends also talk about how males are less likely to show their grief or emotions due to social stigmas. They encourage men to release when necessary because suppressing emotions can cause other health issues or lead to violent outbursts. The reverends also share how religion and faith can be useful tools for dealing with grief or helping someone else with their grief even if they are not religious. Having support groups whether they are friends, family or counselors are also said to be great tools for dealing with grief. Reverend Ed Hansen suggests that people be willing to reach out and take help from others through their time of grief. Reverend Cecil Murray similarly suggests that one love God, oneself, and your neighbor.




All About Gout: Dr. Mario Pacada

Wednesday, December 03, 2014 On this weeks broadcast, Dr. Mario Pacada explains what gout is, what functions in the body lead to it, the various symptoms and treatments available to alleviate flare ups related to gout. Gout is a type of arthritis. He talks about the excruciating pain that gout can cause. Dr. Pacada shares that gout is usually based in the elbows, toes, hands, knees and heel. Also covered are the foods and activities that can cause flare ups to occur. Dr. Pacada talks about how while some medications can help alleviate or cure the pain some can cause flare ups such as hypertension medications or water pills. He suggests that these medications be regulated properly in cases of gout. Stress is also a trigger of gout and gout flare ups. Dr. Pacada shares that a cortisone injection is a very helpful treatment for gout flare ups. It can provide months to years of relief depending on the person. Dr. Pacada goes over certain home remedies that can or can’t help with gout pain. Dr. Pacada announces that his office will offer complimentary foot and leg massages to “Good News Radio Magazine” listeners. Announcements: Dr. Mario Pacada’s office is located at 575 E. Hardy St. Ste. 205, Inglewood, CA 90301, 310-419-4733, manager.pacadadpm@yahoo.com; join the Hip Hop Café which will focus on HIV prevention at Grace Methodist Church on Saturday December 6th from 12-3pm; CDU farmers market every Sunday from 10 am- 2 pm at Vermont Village; Femaales project looks to reduce HIV in African American women, you can call 323-379-2050 or www.femaales.org; Vitamin D study at Charles R. Drew University, for more information call Caroline Farodolu at 323 249-5709; call 424- 260-6543 for the Southern Los Angeles and Patient Navigation Wellness Center, this center focus is to help reduce the burden of cancer in the community.




Healthy Holiday Food Preparation and Giving Thanks: Dr. Carolyn Rowley, Reverend Joe Waller

Wednesday, November 26, 2014