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The Impact of Diabetes on Racial/Ethnic Minorities

The Impact of Diabetes on Racial/Ethnic Minorities Diabetes Mellitus is a chronic disease that disproportionately affects racial and economically disadvantaged minority groups in America. Nearly a third of all Americans are at risk – over 100 million Americans today have some form of glucose (sugar) intolerance: Diabetes Mellitus (about 25 million) or Prediabetes (several estimates […]

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Men’s Health

By Stephen Wright, MD June is Men’s Health Month! Across the US, Men’s Health Month is celebrated with screenings, health fairs, media appearances, and other health education and outreach activities. Image credit: menshealthnetwork.org As we celebrate and support men’s health awareness, here is some information to consider, based on my experience as a provider at […]

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Teen Pregnancy Prevention

By Hernan Delgado, MD, Lead Pediatrician and Nicole Mitton, Grants and Communications Specialist Teen pregnancy has serious consequences. In the US, 33% of girls and 19% of boys drop out of high school because of teen parenthood. In Massachusetts, approximately 2,600 high school students drop out of school each year because of teen parenthood. That […]

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STD Awareness

By Tracy McCallum, Youth Intervention Counselor, Peer Advocate/HIV Services In the spirit of STD Awareness Month, Whittier Street Health Center encourages our patients and community residents to consider their sexual health. Having good sexual health means feeling physically and emotionally safe and comfortable with your sexual life. It’s also important in preventing STDs like chlamydia, […]

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Minority Health

By Mothusi Chilume, MD and Nicole Mitton, Grants and Communications Specialist April is National Minority Health Month, where we focus on raising public awareness about the health care disparities that continue to affect minorities. Minority Health Month is also a time to recognize the efforts to advance health equity. Health equity means that everyone deserves the […]

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Patient Safety

By Adeola Ogungbadero, VP of Clinical Operations and Nicole Mitton, Grants and Communications Specialist The Institute of Medicine in its epic 1999 report “To err is human” estimates that up to 98,000 patients die annually in hospitals due to medical errors. In 2013, a new study by Dr. John T. James for the Journal of Patient […]

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Caring for Children’s Teeth

By Dr. Rosa P. Shelton, DDS, Pediatric Dentist As reported by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), dental caries (cavities) is not only the most common disease in children, but it is also more common than asthma in adolescents. For us dentists, the data is alarming in great part because the disease is highly preventable. […]

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Understanding Glaucoma

By Esther Yang, OD, Optometrist Glaucoma. This 8-letter word can be a mouthful – and inspires ignorance, confusion, and fear. However, with the proper knowledge, we can take care of our eyes and take the proper steps to manage it. Each of our eyes has an optic nerve, and the nerve carries the image we […]

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Celebrating World AIDS Day

By Nicole Mitton, Grant Writers and Communications Specialist   HIV/AIDS is a global public health concern, with an estimated 35 million people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), approximately 1.2 million people in the United States live with HIV, and 14% don’t know they have the virus. Every […]

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