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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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Pet-Assisted Therapy: Stephanie Parke, Barbara Gordon

Wednesday, May 1, 2019




Community Healing and Trauma Prevention Center, MLK Center For Public Health: Beatriz Navarro

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 The Community Healing and Trauma Prevention Center was established to address trauma and violence concerns of the community through a public health approach. It is a partnership with 9 various agencies where members are engaged in dialogue with community members and community leaders. It is a space where the community can receive interventions, resources, therapy, counseling as well as healing arts. Healing arts includes activities such as sip and paints, dancing, fitness, and drumming circles, to name a few. Since its opening in September of 2018, about 3,000 community members have participated. It is located in the MLK Center for Public Health at 11833 Wilmington Avenue, Los Angeles 90059. For more information, the healing center can be reached at 323-568-8732. To contact the MLK Center for any clinical services, community members can call 323-568-8100.




Annual Latino Community Conference on Cancer Prevention, Education, and Care: Martha Navarro, Armando Carpio Noguera

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 Under the lead of Dr. Jay Vadgama and partnerships of UCLA and Charles R. Drew University’s Cancer Center the first Annual Latino Community Conference on Cancer Prevention, Education, and Care will take place on April 27th. The goal of the conference is to increase knowledge on cancer health disparities and risk factors in the Latino community. The conference will have medical experts that will discuss various resources, cancer prevention methods, cancer screening recommendations, and how to have informed discussions with healthcare providers. The conference is open to the community, specifically Cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, healthcare professionals, students, and community members. It will take place on Saturday, April 27th 2019 at The Mayne Events Center located at 16406 Bellflower Blvd., Bellflower. Breakfast, lunch, and parking will be provided free. For more information call Martha Navarro at 323-563-4865 or register at http://2019Latinocancerconference.eventbrite.com.




Oral Cancer: A Survivor's Story: Brian Hill, Dr. Christina McAlpin

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 Guest speakers Mr. Brian Hill and Dr. Christine McAlpin discuss oral cancer, a cancer that can occur on the tongue, lateral or ventral areas of the mouth, floor of the mouth, gums, or cheeks. It is the 3rd most pervasive cancer. Causes for this cancer are smoking, excess alcohol, beetle chewing, poor diet, sun exposure, or HPV. The majority of oral cancer tumors are asymptomatic initially; however, early signs can be an ulcer that doesn’t heal, urethral plaques, red patches in the mouth, numbness, one sided ear pain, throat pain, or trouble chewing. It is vital to do routine self-oral checks. You can learn to do this at www.checkyourmouth.org. For more information you can also visit www.oralcancerfoundation.org or email Brian Hill at info@oralfoundation.org or call 949-723-4400. Dr. McAplin can be reached at 213-745-4060 or at www.cmcalpinmd.com. Announcements: Annual Latino Community Conference on Cancer Prevention, Education, and Care on April 27th from 8am-3pm at Maynes Event Center located at 16408 Bellflower Blvd. 90706. For more information call 323-563-4865; Cancer survivor and Care givers support group at Charles R. Drew University on Thursdays from 5pm - 6pm. For more information call 323-568-3329 or 323-568-3345.




Cataracts: Dr. Lawrence Goodwin

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 A cataract is the clouding of the eye lens that affects vision. There are 3 types of cataracts with the most common being Nuclear Sclerotic Cataract. Cataracts can be caused instantly through physical trauma or over time through blood pressure, diabetes, or age. In some cases, children are born with cataracts and it can be hereditary. Surgery through ultrasonic waves is an option in removing cataracts; however, it is only recommended if it will drastically improve the quality of life. Surgery to remove cataracts is usually covered by insurance while more specialized surgeries to improve the eye may not be. For more information, Dr. Lawrence Goodwin can be reached at 310-674-2895. His office is located at 8717 La Tijera Blvd, Los Angeles 90045. Announcements: Wellington Square/Charles R. Drew University Farmers Market, Sundays 9 am – 1 pm, 4394 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016.




The Importance of Childhood Nutrition: Dr. Farid Zarif

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 Childhood nutrition is vital to physical and mental development. The brain concludes development between the ages of 18-21. Many times children eat foods that cause a secretion of dopamine which is a hormone that plays a major role in the motivational component of reward-motivated behavior. These are often foods that are very unhealthy. Dr. Farid Zarif recommends a progressive protein intake diet that begins with fruit and water in the morning; and nuts, beans, and meat following throughout the rest of the day. Physical activity, rest, diet, and proper hydration are all very important to the health and wellbeing of everyone regardless of age. He reminds the listening audience that nutrition is transitional with small progresses being made with every passing day. He also advises parents and care takers to involve children in the preparation of drinks and foods to help motivate them to eat healthy. For more information visit drzarif.com or email him directly at drzarif@drzarif.com. He is also available by phone at 310-926-5115. Announcements: Wellington Square/Charles R. Drew University Farmers Market, Sundays 9 am – 1 pm, 4394 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016




National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: Raniyah Copeland and Dr. NaNotchka Chumley

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Raniyah Copeland and Dr. NaNotchka Chumley discuss National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. HIV (Human Immuno-Deficiency Virus) is a virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immuno-Deficiency Syndrome) and weakens the immune system. HIV can be transmitted through sexual contact, sharing of needles or bodily fluids, or from mother to child during pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding. African Americans are disproportionately impacted by HIV with 50 % of all HIV cases being African American. One of every two Black gay men will acquire HIV, and 1 in every 48 Black women will acquire it. The National Black AIDS Institute is a think tank that addresses HIV/AIDS among Black women and girls. It conducts trainings and capacity building, policy advocacy, and information dissemination. The Institute has also recently launched a Black Women campaign as well as a Black Women Ambassador program. The guest speakers also discuss PREP and PEP and who is eligible for them. For more information on this topic or for HIV centers, visit www.cdc.gov, www.blackaids.org, the LA County Public Health Department, or any community health centers. The listening audience is also encouraged to call the Oasis Clinic at 424-338-2929 or the Free HIV testing line at 888-243-7227.




Prenatal Infections: Lisa Saunders, Marti Perhach and Dr. Jamie McGregor

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 This week’s guest speakers, Lisa Saunders, Marti Perhach, and Dr. Jamie McGrego, discuss prenatal infections which occur during pregnancy and lead to congenital conditions that can negatively affect the fetus and/or mother. There are over 35 illnesses and infections with the 4 most common being Cytomegalovirus, Group B Strep, Listeriosis, and Zika virus. There are about 4,000 babies a year that are born with permanent health issues. African American women are affected 3 times higher with prenatal infections than any other racial group. It is vital to learn about prenatal infections and get tested prior to getting pregnant. Infections can be prevented by proper lifestyle and hygienic care such as handwashing, good food prepared safely, evading others bodily fluids, environmental precautions, proper immunizations, and unnecessary procedures such as membrane stripping. For more information visit ww.cdc.gov, www.groupbstrepinternational.org, or www.nationalcmv.org. To reach the guest speakers directly, email at info@gbs-intl.org




(Rebroadcast) The Importance of Blood Donations: Dr. Ross Herron

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 Dr. Ross Herron, Chief Director of the West Division-American Red Cross Blood Services, discusses the importance of blood donation. There has been no substitute in the pharmaceutical environment that has been developed to replace human blood. Blood is vital to those who suffer from trauma or various diseases where blood is required to survive. Blood donations began during WWII for troops. It was Dr. Charles R. Drew who established Blood for Britain, which was the first major U.S. blood banking system. As years continued blood banks became available to civilians as well. Common blood types such as O, A, B, AB are found throughout all ethnicities; however, there are some people who have rare blood types. Because of this it is important for all communities to donate so that there is a diversity in blood banks. L.A. County collects about 300,000 units of blood per year. Dr. Herron encourages everyone to donate blood and reminds those who donate 3 or more times a year to eat a healthy diet and to take iron supplements. For those interested in more information visit Redcross.org or search the internet for nearby blood donation centers. Announcements: Wellington Square/Charles R. Drew University Farmers Market, Sundays 9 am – 1 pm, 4394 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016




S.T.A.R. E3 Mobile Engagement Network & App: Regina Greer-Smith

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 Regina Greer-Smith, Chief Engagement Officer of the Strategically Targeting Appropriate Researchers (S.T.A.R) Initiative, discusses the newly launched STAR E3 Mobile Engagement app and network. It was created in 2019 after the need for a mobile app that would allow to match patients and researchers. It has been difficult to engage communities of color in research due to historical harms such as the Tuskegee study. However, the STAR E3 app provides a gateway and source for patients and communities to receive reliable and safe information about their healthcare, research, and clinical trials. It is vital for patients to be engaged in healthcare as it leads to better health outcomes. The community is encouraged to utilize the app by visiting starin.memberclicks.net. It is available through mobile devices and desktops. The listening audience is also invited to participate in the Lupus Engagement program taking place at the LA Arts Center on March 23rd. 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 Updates: Dr. David Carlisle

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 This week’s guest was Dr. David Carlisle, the President of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. He discussed the history of the university as well as updates and upcoming events. CDU is a community founded institution that was created specifically because of the events that occurred in South Central Los Angeles in 1965. It was built in order to create access to healthcare and education. CDU is proud to announce that 80% of its student population and 71.2% of its faculty are from communities of color. Currently the university is undergoing much growth with various new executive roles joining the team. There is significant growth in the number of students entering across all programs. CDU is constantly pursuing new collaborations with various organizations. Recently, an MOU was been signed with Alta Med to create the Health Careers Opportunity Program, which provides financial and emotional sustenance to health professional students. In addition, CDU has partnered with West Angeles Church of God and Christ and with Ross University. The University was awarded with full accreditation last year. The Diplomats on Global Health Disparities Series held at CDU invites guest speakers from other countries. Unfortunately, in the past few months the university experienced the loss of two vital members of its community, Dr. Loretta Jones and Dr. Theodore Quincy Miller. Lastly, Dr. Carlisle invites the listening audience to attend the Legacy Leaders Gala taking place on April 18th at the Marina Del Rey Marriot as well as the Annual President’s Breakfast being held February 19th at the Marina Del Rey Marriot.




The Importance of Blood Donations: Dr. Ross Herron

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 Dr. Ross Herron, Chief Director of the West Division-American Red Cross Blood Services, discusses the importance of blood donation. There has been no substitute in the pharmaceutical environment that has been developed to replace human blood. Blood is vital to those who suffer from trauma or various diseases where blood is required to survive. Blood donations began during WWII for troops. It was Dr. Charles R. Drew who established Blood for Britain, which was the first major U.S. blood banking system. As years continued blood banks became available to civilians as well. Common blood types such as O, A, B, AB are found throughout all ethnicities; however, there are some people who have rare blood types. Because of this it is important for all communities to donate so that there is a diversity in blood banks. L.A. County collects about 300,000 units of blood per year. Dr. Herron encourages everyone to donate blood and reminds those who donate 3 or more times a year to eat a healthy diet and to take iron supplements. For those interested in more information visit Redcross.org or search the internet for nearby blood donation centers. Announcements: Wellington Square/Charles R. Drew University Farmers Market, Sundays 9 am – 1 pm, 4394 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016




The Epidemic of Youth Gun Violence: Rev. Winford Bell

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 Reverend Winford Bell discusses the epidemic of youth gun violence in this week’s episode. About 35 to 40 years ago is when gang activity killing began to start. The value system in many homes began to also erode, and was never properly addressed. Reverend Winford was always concerned with this growing issue; however, he made it a priority when he was directly impacted when his son was one day also shot. As a result, he founded Silver Lining of Hope Ministry which is an organization focused on lowering violence in the community through intervention and prevention programs. He invites the community to attend the organizations 10th year anniversary event on April 5th 2019. For more information on programs visit www.silverliningofhopecrusade.org. Announcements: Wellington Square/Charles R. Drew University Farmers Market, Sundays 9 am – 1 pm, 4394 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016




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

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 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.




Regenerative Medicine: Dr. Randall Maxey

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 Regenerative Medicine is used to replace tissue and organs in the body that have been damaged by disease or trauma. The body has STEM cells which are biologically naive and can enter the body where it needs healing. The STEM cell transforms into whatever cell is needed in the body. Currently it is being used for arthritis, sexual dysfunctions, hair regrowth, skin grafts, and various other pain ailments. The guest speaker, Dr. Randall Maxey explains that people take narcotics and various medications to help treat pain and diseases which ultimately lead to further health complications. However, with regenerative medicine, cures can be obtained with less negative outcomes. He also emphasizes the importance of diet and exercise alongside regenerative medicine—all which are anti-aging and health improving methods. Announcements: Wellington Square/Charles R. Drew University Farmers Market, Sundays 9 am – 1 pm, 4394 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016.




Diabetes Research Study: Dr. Stanley Hsia, Petra Duran

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 Dr. Stanley Hsia and Petra Duran discuss Type 2 Diabetes and the Research Study they are conducting on the Efficacy of Mifepristone in Males with Type 2 Diabetes. Type 2 Diabetes is when the body is unable to control its own blood sugars, which is due to the pancreas not being able to use and produce enough insulin. About 10-15% of the US population is affected with some variation of Diabetes. However, lower income minorities are affected 2-3 times more. Currently, Mifepristone is used for those who produce too much cortisol which can lead to elevated sugars, and ultimately an unusual variant of Diabetes. This study is looking to see if Mifepristone will help those with common types of Diabetes. Eligibility requirements for this study are men who are already being treated with insulin and are between the ages of 18 and 64. There is also a potential total of $480 incentive for participating. If interested in participating in this study, contact Petra Duran at 323-357-3428 or the CTRC at 323-568-3376.




Empaths: Caring for Others and Yourself: Peter Bedard, Dr. David Martins

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 This week’s guests Dr. David Martins, Internal Medicine Associate Professor at Charles R. Drew University and Peter Bedard, Author, Teacher, and Hypnotherapist discuss what an empath is and what having empathy means. Empathy in its nature is a natural phenomenon, where being an empath is a more paranormal event. Being empathetic or compassionate to others suffering relies on the individuals’ understanding of others situations. Empaths have a need or desire to help others in their struggles, but can take on the stress of those struggles as their own. The way they handle those struggles determine whether an empath is immature or mature. Dr. Martins discussed research he conducted on how to better measure ones compassion on an individual scale. The second half of the show opens with a full explanation of what an empath deals with in various environments that cause extreme emotional distress.




The Reason for the Season: Rev. Cecil Murray, Rev. Gary Williams

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 This week’s guests Rev. Cecil Murray and Rev. Gary Williams discussed "The Reason for the Season”. They define the season as a time to reflect on the Life Christ lead for 33 years and also to celebrate his birth. They used a verse from Luke 2:11 as an example of scripture that affirm what the meaning of “Reason for the Season”. They described the challenges that Christ faced during his upbringing and the responsibilities that Joseph had placed on him to protect and raise Christ. They describe that when it comes to different faiths, the one thing they all agree on is that there is a higher power. The conversation moves into current day issues with fewer people celebrating Christmas as a religious day as in years past and why they believe this is happening. One of the common themes is that more and more people say they believe in God but they are not religious. Also the commercialization of the Christmas holiday has deluded the fact that this is a religious season. They discussed how to let the youth know why Christmas is so important and what you can do to inform and teach them of why Christmas is celebrated. Optional ways of worship were discussed to help those individuals that can’t physically attend a place of worship.




The Heritage Clinic: Shawn Herz

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 This week’s guest speaker, Shawn Herz, Community Outreach Coordinator at The Heritage Clinic, shares about the clinics background and services. The clinic provides behavioral health services for older adults (55+). It contracts work directly with the L.A. County Department of Mental Health. The clinic was established in 1979 at Fuller College of Theology, due to the growing demands for services, it became its own entity in 2001. The Heritage Clinic provides behavior health services, such as counseling for the elderly and their families along with a wide range of mental health services. The clinic covers L.A. County’s service planning areas 3, 4, and 8. If you don’t live in these service areas they will connect you with an agency that provides similar services in your area. To qualify for services, you must be low income or receive Medicare. Ms. Herz discusses the programs offered by The Heritage Clinic such as the short-term program, Prevention in Early Intervention, which focuses on grief and the loss of any number of things in an individual’s life. The program lasts between 6 to 18 months. It also has a Full Service Program (FSP), which addresses the needs of the homeless and those who have chronic persistent mental health issues. The clinic goes the extra mile for patients who have difficulty getting to their appointments by providing Uber or Lyft services and making home visits. The Heritage Clinic has community partners who assist them in providing services, they collaborate with over 90 community partners around the Los Angeles area. The Heritage Clinic provides service in several languages, mainly Spanish and English. Individuals who seek services from the clinic will not be asked about their immigration status. To contact The Heritage Clinic call (626) 577-8480 and Press “0” to speak to a live person during work hours. Announcements: Wellington Square/Charles R. Drew University Farmers Market, Sundays 9 am – 1 pm, 4394 W. Washington Blvd; African American women between the ages of 18-70 who have been diagnosed with class 3 or 4 Lupus can enroll in a clinical trial by calling (323)725-0051 or visiting www.lupusnephritistrial.com




Five Tips for Improving Your Spiritual Health: Dr. Cedrick Bridgeforth

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 Dr. Cedrick Bridgeforth shared “Five Tips to Improve Your Spiritual Health”. Dr. Bridgeforth defines spiritual health as the depth to which we are in touch with the divine or the measure of how we love God and our neighbor. The discussion began with the barriers an individual could face to achieve optimal spiritual health such as church hurt, financial problems, social problems, and the lack of spiritual things. The first tip Dr. Bridgeforth gave is to “Investigate”, which means to move outside the bounds and norms you’ve had all your life so that you can better understand yourself and maybe find something new. The second tip is “Integration”, he suggest that you incorporate those values that you investigated that feel best benefit you and make you feel more spiritually complete. The third tip is to “Read other religious texts or engage in religious conversation”, this will open you up to experience different points of view and help you grow spiritually. The fourth tip is “To look for the divine or God in common places”, which means to observe and look for signs of where God shows his presence in everyday occurrences. The fifth and final tip is “Seek Community”, which means to seek community that affirms who you are first, then seek community that help further your connection with the divine and with others.




(Rebroadcast) Recreation and Parks in Los Angeles: Robert Garcia, Dylan Thomason

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 This week’s guest speaker, Robert Garcia, is the Founding Director and Counsel of The City Project, a nonprofit legal and policy advocacy team that seeks to achieve equal justice and livability for all. He founded The City Project when he recognized the social justice issues and disparities in park access. Los Angeles is ranked 74 out of the 100 largest US cities in regards to park access and green space. Around the US, most cities have 6.8 acres of land per every 1000 residents where as Los Angeles has 3.3 acres of land for every 1000 residents. SPA 6 has 0.5 acres of land for every 1000 residents. Mr. Garcia explains that socioeconomic status, race, and color determine a person’s access to green space and parks. The overall quality of life for an individual can be lowered based on park access. It is for this reason The City Project is working to bring equal access to parks and to solve this civil and human rights issues. For more information visit www.cityprojectca.org or email info@cityprojectca.org.




Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, School of Nursing Update: Dr. Diane Breckenridge

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 Dr. Diane Breckenridge, the Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing Dean, shares information on the school in this week’s episode. The first class was admitted in 2010 and its initial 5 year accreditation was given in 2012. This was later followed by a 10 year accreditation in 2017. Currently the school has 322 students enrolled throughout all its programs. There are various degrees offered such as a MS (Master of Science in Nursing-Entry level), PMC (Post Masters Certificate in Nurse Practitioner Program), and BS ( RN to BSN). The school of nursing seeks to advance the science of nursing through research and high quality education to improve the health status of undeserved communities. There are excellent teaching facilities and equipment available to students. Students are also given an opportunity to study and gain experiences abroad. For more information on admissions contact the enrollment office at 323-563-4839 or email at admissionsinfo@cdrewu.edu. Announcements: Wellington Square/Charles R. Drew University Farmers Market, Sundays 9 am – 1 pm, 4394 W. Washington Blvd; African American women between the ages of 18-70 who have been diagnosed with class 3 or 4 Lupus can enroll in a clinical trial by calling (323)725-0051 or visiting www.lupusnephritistrial.com




Patient and Family Centered Care Partners (PFCCpartners): Libby Hoy

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 Libby Hoy, the founder and CEO of Patient and Family Centered Care Partners (PFCC Partners), speaks about its purpose and vision. PFCC Partners was founded in 2010 and the mission was to reinvent the healthcare system by engaging patients, families, community members, and beneficiaries in their own healthcare encounters as well as in the design and evaluation. Patients and families have a unique perspective; and when paired with perspectives of healthcare professionals can bring about positive healthcare outcomes. PFCC Partners conducts many trainings and capacity building programs for patients and families. Ms. Hoy invites the listening audience to attend the 2019 Annual Summit for family advisors. For more information visit www.pfccpartners.com. You can contact Libby Hoy at Libby@pfccpartners.com or call at 562-961-1100. For those interested in the Advisory Network, visit pfanetwork.org. Announcements: Wellington Square/Charles R. Drew University Farmers Market, Sundays 9 am – 1 pm, 4394 W. Washington Blvd; African American women between the ages of 18-70 who have been diagnosed with class 3 or 4 Lupus can enroll in a clinical trial by calling (323)725-0051 or visiting www.lupusnephritistrial.com




Raising a Child with Autism: Florence Bracy

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 Autism is a developmental disability that affects socialization, behavior, communication, and cognitive skills. About one percent of the world population is born with Autism. Every 50,000 adults who turn 18 also have Autism. Guest speaker Florence Bracy speaks about her experience as a mother of an autistic child as well as her book, Help Me Understand My Child. She shares many of her stories and encourages parents to endure patience and persistence. She also teaches parents how to be advocates for their own children or family members. Her book also includes various resources. For more information, visit her website at florencebracy.com or email her at bracyflorence2013@gmail.com. Bracy invites the audience to attend her Autism Support Group that meets every second Monday of the month from 5-6:30pm at 4305 Degnan Blvd. in Los Angeles. She also encourages families to attend the Autism conference taking place on March 22, 2019 from 8am-2pm at Holman United Methodist Church.




Typhus Fever: Dr. Derrick Butler

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 Dr. Derrick Butler, the Medical Director of the To Help Everyone (T.H.E) Health and Wellness Center, discusses Typhus Fever. Typhus is an illness caused by bacterial infections that are spread through fleas. Common symptoms for Typhus include fever, headaches, and rash; and usually appear one to two weeks after exposure. According to the LA Department of Public Health, rates of Typhus are increasing yearly. In 2008 there were 5 cases in LA County. This number increased to 79 cases in 2017. Risk factors are living conditions and exposures to fleas. The main way to avoid infection is to manage pets, avoid stray animals, use flea control, and products with DEET. For more information on this illness, visit www.publichealth.lacounty.gov or www.cdph.ca.gov and search flea born Typhus. Dr. Butler also invites the audience to visit T.H.E clinic or to call 323-730-1920 to learn more about the clinics services and resources. Announcements: Wellington Square/Charles R. Drew University Farmers Market, Sundays 9 am – 1 pm, 4394 W. Washington Blvd; African American women between the ages of 18-70 who have been diagnosed with class 3 or 4 Lupus can enroll in a clinical trial by calling (323)725-0051 or visiting www.lupusnephritistrial.com




The RADD Project: Resiliency Against Depression Disparities: Dr. Bowen Chung, Krystal Griffith

Wednesday, October 17, 2018




Managing Chronic Pain: Peter Bedard

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 This week’s guest speaker is Peter Bedard, whose expertise is in helping people with chronic physical, emotional, and spiritual pain in holistic and alternative ways. He is the author of Convergence Healing, which addresses how we should embrace and love our pains, and use it to help us evolve. His journey in this type of healing began after he experienced many health complications after surviving a nearly fatal moped accident. He was able to heal himself through holistic and hypnotherapy methods. He now has a successful private practice where he does one on one sessions with those struggling with chronic pain. He also conducts workshops, retreats, and talks. For more information, visit Convergence Healing on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.




The Los Angeles Department on Disability: Stephan David Simon, Lourdes Sinibaldi

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 In 1975, Mayor Tom Bradley realized that people with disabilities needed to be better served and he initiated the start of the Mayor's Office on Disabilities. Later in 1990 the Commission on Disability was created, which ultimately led to the free standing Department on Disabilities in 1998. The Department on Disability is committed to ensuring full access and equity to all those with disabilities to employment, services, programs, and facilities. There is about 18-25% of the population that lives with disabilities such as hearing or vision impairments, senior citizens, mental and physical disabilities. For more information about various resources and programs offered, call 213-202-2764 or email at dod.contact@lacity.org. The listening audience is also encouraged to visit the office located at 201 N. Figueroa St. Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90012. The guest speakers also invite the audience to attend the ReelAbilities Film Festival taking place October 11th-14th. The film festival will promote awareness and appreciation of people with various disabilities through art, film, and stories. For more information or to purchase tickets visit reelabilities.org.




Patient Engagement in Healthcare: Regina Greer-Smith

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 Regina Greer-Smith, Chief Engagement Officer of the S.T.A.R. Initiative, discusses the importance of patient engagement. Patient engagement in healthcare is when patients become activated in their participation in taking care of their own health. It helps promote mutual understanding and accountability between patients and their healthcare providers, which usually leads to better health outcomes. It is important to ask questions, be involved, utilize patient portals, and to have an advocate with you during appointments. Many churches also provide various resources through health ministries. For more information and resources on patient engagement visit www.pfccpartners.com or www.healthcarera.com. Regina also encourages advisors to join a 2 part online series, Core Competencies of Effective Partners, on October 5th and 12th from 1:30-2:30 pm. For more information visit www.pfanetwork.org. African American women with Lupus interested in joining a clinical trial can call (323)725-0051 or visit www.lupusnephritistrial.com. Those interested in the Diabetic retinopathy study can call 310-289-2478 (ext: 1232) or visit www.robinstudy.com




(Rebroadcast) Influenza: Dr. Derrick Butler

Wednesday, September 19, 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.




We R Living with Lupus: Regina Greer-Smith

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 Lupus is an autoimmune disease that affects various tissues and organs. There are about 60,000 people who suffer from Lupus in Los Angeles. People of color and women are at a disproportionately higher risk for getting Lupus. Symptoms for Lupus can be pain or swelling of the joints, fever, chest pain, rash, fatigue, sensitivity to the sun, ulcers, and many others. Lupus can be detected through a skin or kidney biopsy or blood tests. There are no known causes of Lupus but it is being studied in various clinical trials. Guest speaker, Regina Greer- Smith, is currently working on a community based program focused on Lupus Nephritis through the S.T.A.R Initiative which has partnered with the First Lady's Health Initiative. For more information, visit the S.T.A.R. Initiative page on Facebook or Twitter.




Charles R. Drew University Updates: Dr. David Carlisle

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 Dr. David Carlisle, the current President and CEO of Charles R. Drew University, speaks on the university’s origins, history and current mission and goals. The University currently has a new dean of the Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing, Dianne Breckenridge as well as a new Academic Senate President, Dr. Lola Ogunyemi. This fall there are over 800 total students enrolled, which is monumental on the path to growing the university. There are also two reestablished residency programs, Psychiatry and Family Medicine. Additionally, there are two construction projects that will take place to incorporate a student’s service center as well as an entrance sign to CDU. The university and all its programs have all been accredited for maximum cycles. Lastly, Dr. Carlisle invites the listening audience to attend Jazz at Drew taking place on Saturday, October 6th, 2018 from 12pm-9pm at the Charles Drew University campus. For tickets call 323-357-3669 or visit www.cdrewu.edu.




Opioid Summit: National Recovery Month: Dr. Judy Redman, Dr. Donald J. Kurth, Bruce Boardman

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 In honor of National Recovery Month, Dr. Rudy Redman, Dr. Donald J. Kurth and Bruce Boardman discuss addiction, Social Model Recovery Systems, and the Western Opioid Summit. Opiates are drugs that are naturally derived from the poppy plant. Examples of opiates include heroin, morphine, and codeine. However, an opioid includes opiates and any substance that is natural or synthetic which binds to the brains opioid receptors. Addiction can affect anyone regardless of race, gender, or socioeconomic background. It is believed that some people are genetically predisposed to addiction. There are many methods to recovery. The Social Model Recovery Center has 17 locations and provides substance abuse treatment, outpatient treatment, education, prevention, and adolescent outpatient treatment. There are also substance abuse hotlines that can be reached at 844-804-7500. The listening audience is also invited to attend the Western States Opioid Summit taking place September 19th - 21st at the Anaheim Convention Center. To register visit opioidsummit.us.




Children’s Institute: Project Fatherhood: Alan Michael Graves, Bobby Martinez

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 Alan Michael Graves, Program Director of Children's Institute: Project Fatherhood, and Bobby Martinez, counselor and group facilitator, discuss the importance of father figures and purpose of Project Fatherhood. It was founded in 1996 by Hershel Swinger as a way to include fathers in the goal of helping families. Fathers are vital to a child's well being and health. Children that grow without a father figure are more likely to live in poverty, have behavioral problems, use drugs, and become incarcerated. Project Fatherhood gives fathers tools and resources to connect with their children. Every year about 1,000 fathers are served. For more information call 213-260-7600 or visit projectfatherhood.org.




Los Angeles Centers for Alcohol and Drug Abuse (L.A. CADA): Bill Tarkanian

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 The Los Angeles Centers for Alcohol and Drug Abuse (L.A. CADA) is a licensed and certified substance use and behavioral treatment provider that focuses on providing services to marginalized populations. LA CADA works to treat addictions and behavioral problems as well as enhance the overall well being of all people. It provides services such as outpatient treatment, residential programs, and also offers HIV and AIDS prevention/interventions, including HIV testing. For more information on LA CADA and all its programs, visit www.lacada.com.




(Rebroadcast) Influenza: Dr. Derrick Butler

Wednesday, August 8, 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.




The Prevention, Treatment, and Control of Cancer in Our Community Conference: Anna “Aziza” Lucas-Wright

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 The CDU/UCLA Cancer Center Partnership to Eliminate Cancer Health Disparities and Healthy African American Families present the community/academic-visioned Building Bridges to Optimal Health- 7th Annual Prevention, Treatment, & Control of Cancer in Our Community Conference. Guest speaker Aziza Lucas-Wright discusses the conference and its goal of planning, developing, and executing activities that aid communities in eliminating health disparities in South Los Angeles. Currently, South Los Angeles has the highest mortality rates due to cancer in all of Los Angeles County. Some topics that will be discussed are engaging youth and millennials, nutrition, after care and adherence, and community engagement. The conference will be taking place on August 16th from 8am-4pm at Holman Methodist Church located at 3320 West Adams Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90018




Recreation and Parks in Los Angeles: Robert Garcia, Dylan Thomason

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 This week’s guest speaker, Robert Garcia, is the Founding Director and Counsel of The City Project, a nonprofit legal and policy advocacy team that seeks to achieve equal justice and livability for all. He founded The City Project when he recognized the social justice issues and disparities in park access. Los Angeles is ranked 74 out of the 100 largest US cities in regards to park access and green space. Around the US, most cities have 6.8 acres of land per every 1000 residents where as Los Angeles has 3.3 acres of land for every 1000 residents. SPA 6 has 0.5 acres of land for every 1000 residents. Mr. Garcia explains that socioeconomic status, race, and color determine a person’s access to green space and parks. The overall quality of life for an individual can be lowered based on park access. It is for this reason The City Project is working to bring equal access to parks and to solve this civil and human rights issues. For more information visit www.cityprojectca.org or email info@cityprojectca.org.




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 4, 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 6, 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 9, 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 2, 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 4, 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 7, 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 7, 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 6, 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 8, 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 1, 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 4, 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 6, 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 9, 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 2, 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 5, 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 7, 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 3, 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 5, 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 8, 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 1, 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 8, 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 1, 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 4, 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 7, 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 9, 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 2, 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 5, 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 7, 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.