Mental health becomes part of New Jersey’s public school curriculum

  New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has signed legislation requiring the Garden State’s public schools to provide mental health instruction to students beginning in kindergarten through the 12th grade. “We are striving to do all that we can to improve health and wellness for our students,” Governor Murphy said. “By ensuring that children in grades K through 12 learn about[Read More…]

Newark distributes bottled water to a specific neighborhood because of high lead content in tap water

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today   Newark, N. J. Mayor Ras Baraka announced the city had begun distribution of bottled water to a certain neighborhood because of elevated lead levels in the drinking water caused by corrosive lead pipes. The bottled water distribution is similar to what had occurred in Flint, Michigan, another American city with a large African-American population.[Read More…]

Diets Rich in Blueberries Yield Diverse Benefits

By Todd Kluss A collection of new studies in The Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences further quantifies how blueberry consumption can contribute to healthy aging. “Since the 1990s, research on the health benefits of blueberries has grown exponentially,” wrote guest editor Donald K. Ingram, PhD, FGSA, in an opening editorial. “Studies have documented that this[Read More…]

San Francisco pushes for free universal mental health care

Homelessness affects the mental health of everyone especially African Americans who represent 40 percent of the nation’s homeless By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today   Two members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and a member of the California General Assembly have announced a ballot initiative to provide free universal mental health and substance abuse care to city residents, including[Read More…]

Candidate for Bobby Rush’s congressional seat in Chicago sees gun violence as a public health issue

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Robert Emmons, who announced his candidacy to unseat U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush in Chicago’s 1st Congressional District, said he considers gun violence a public health issue. If elected, Emmons said he would advocate more funding for organizations whose work is proven to curb violence at its root causes, according to one news report. Chicago, particularly[Read More…]

Apply for the Journalists in Aging Fellows Program; Deadline Is July 19

The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) Journalists in Aging Fellows Program is welcoming applications for its 10th cohort of reporters. The deadline is Friday, July 19. Since its founding in 2010, this program has been responsible for nearly 700 news stories produced by 156 alumni. It has two goals: to educate journalists about issues in aging, better allowing them to[Read More…]

Did Medical Community Recently Miss Signs of Massive Ebola Outbreak in Congo?

( – Just over a month ago, experts at the World Health Organization looked at the growing spread of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo and declined to call it a “global health emergency” because only two provinces were afflicted with the killer disease at that time. Despite over 1,200 deaths to the hemorrhagic disease, “(it) was an almost[Read More…]

Real Men Cook expands the menu to address other issues affecting black men

    By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Real Men Cook, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary Father’s Day, has evolved from black men cooking and promoting healthy meals for their family, friends and guests, to a gateway for discussions about other pressing issues that affect African-American men, Ayinde Cartman, executive director of Real Men Charities Inc., parent organization of Real[Read More…]

“Empire” actress Taraji P. Henson wants a discussion of mental health in the black community to have a leading role

  By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, a new organization that has a goal of breaking the silence and prompting discussion of pervasive mental illness in the black community, will hold a conference and benefit dinner June 7th through June 9th at the Grand Hyatt Washington in  Washington, D. C. The foundation is named in honor[Read More…]

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