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Equitas Health Awarded CDC Grant to Expand Health Services for Transgender & Gender Non-Conforming Youth

COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 27, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Equitas Health is among seven community-based organizations in the U.S. awarded funding by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to implement comprehensive HIV prevention programs focused on young transgender and gender non-confirming people of color. Equitas Health’s grant award totaled $1.9 million over five years to launch this program. These new HIV prevention services will complement the nonprofit’s other specialized health services for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals, which include specialized primary care, hormone therapy through an informed consent model, behavioral health, and…

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Lawmakers Revisiting Requiring Those on Medicaid To Work [Associated Press]

WASHINGTON (AP) — A simple question — should adults who are able to work be required to do so to get taxpayer-provided health insurance? — could lead to major changes in the social safety net. The federal-state Medicaid program for low-income and disabled people covers more than 70 million U.S. residents — about 1 in 5 — including an increasing number of working-age adults. In a break from past federal policy, the Health and Human Services Department under Secretary Tom Price has already notified governors it stands ready to approve…

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Us Enrolls Volunteers in Large Test For Possible Zika Vaccine

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials have begun enrolling volunteers for critical next-stage testing of an experimental vaccine to protect against Zika, the mosquito-borne virus that can cause devastating birth defects in pregnant women.The first volunteer was vaccinated Wednesday at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, as the National Institutes of Health gears up for a two-part study that aims to enroll at least 2,400 people in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and five at-risk countries: Brazil, Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica and Peru. Zika has caused an epidemic of birth defects…

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Yale Study Uncovers Racial Disparities in Treatment of Women with Breast Cancer

Researchers at Yale Cancer Center/Smilow Cancer Hospital found that black and Hispanic women in Connecticut are significantly less likely to undergo gene expression profiling than white women.

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For Colored Girls: Shades, Colors and Coils Hair Care Launch

How many type 3 and 4 naturalistas have yet to find that perfect product to make those curls and coils pop so effortlessly? Shades, Colors and Coils LLC may be your new one-stop-shop for all things natural.     With the best organic ingredients like aloe Vera, shea butter, honey, peppermint, coconut and organic seed oil, this new line promotes nourishment of the scalp needed for healthy hair growth and maintenance. There are seven products available Peppermint Patti Shampoo Rubi Butter-Bridge Leave-in Conditioner Coco Betty Moisturizer Bella Berry Conditioning Cream…

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African Americans Less Likely To Get Flu Vaccine Than White Americans

The U.S. is still in flu season, but many are choosing to forgo vaccination. A new study looks at how people view risks associated with the virus and the vaccine, how views differ between white and African American individuals, and solutions that may help counter misperceptions. MCLEAN, Va., March 13, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Fewer than half of American adults get vaccinated despite strong recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and widespread availability of free and low-cost vaccines. Furthermore, African Americans are less likely to get the…

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Let’s Be Real Society Creators Take on Mental Illness in the Black Community

By Francheska “Fancy” Felder & Quendole “Que” Johnson While more entrepreneurs are coming forward and talking about mental health issues, mental health continues to carry a stigma within the Black community. Through their work with Let’s Be Real Society, co-founders, Fancy (publisher of SwagHer Magazine) and Que (host of The Purple Girl Show) often noticed mental health was and is the source of many issues plaguing the Black community. They also realized it was even causing setbacks in their own personal lives and business. Last month, they decided they would…

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