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Communities, doctors and drug companies can help reduce healthcare disparities

By Charles E. Crutchfield III, MD


Last week in this column we discussed how individuals and their families can help reduce healthcare disparities by developing and executing Personal Health Plans (PHPs). This week we look at other players who can contribute to this effort


Community programs

For individuals without immediate family willing to participate, the community can help. Local community centers and other organizations like the YMCA and YWCA and even religious organizations and churches have done a great job in the past, and they should continue to develop and refine support programs to assist those in need to follow their PHPs. These organizations can also assist in healthcare access by organizing transportation to eliminate barriers to getting to medical appointments. For organizations with available resources, they can also offer supportive nutritional and fitness programs. Organizations that have made similar commitments are already reaping dividends for their members and the community at-large. Continue Reading →

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Breast cancer advocate tells of personal struggles


By Debra J. Stone

Contributing Writer


Reona Berry is a petite, quiet-spoken woman. She is a 22-year breast cancer survivor and one of the founding members, past president, as well as the executive director of the African American Breast Cancer Alliance, Inc. (AABCA). AABCA is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate and provide an emotional and social support system for African American women and men diagnosed with breast cancer and their supporters, assisting them in their breast cancer journey. During an interview with the MSR, Berry’s (RB) compelling personal story revealed how she became one of Minnesota’s strongest advocates for African American women, men and families in education and support for the fight against breast cancer.  

MSR: Tell us about your experience with breast cancer. Continue Reading →

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