Ethnic Health Institute Community e-Newsletter
Community e-Newsletter

Wednesday, September 8, 2010 Spring-Summer 2010   VOLUME 1 ISSUE 3  
Community Health
Calendar of Events
Community Resources
Whooping Cough
Breast and Prostate Cancer
Eating Right
His Health
Upcoming Events
Asthma Resources
Cancer Resources
Cardiovascular Resources
Diabetes Resources
Stroke Resources
Whooping Cough
A Disease on the Rise
by Michael A. LeNoir, MD and Brittany Harris, BA

Doctor Examines Child
Pertussis, more commonly known as whooping cough, has been on the rise in recent years. Whooping cough is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis (or B. pertussis). The disease is characterized by severe coughing spells, and its name is derived from the “whooping” sound made from the inspiration of air after a cough. Whooping cough is highly contagious and can be spread from person to person through small drops of fluid from an infected person’s nose or mouth. The disease can become airborne when infected patients cough, sneeze, or laugh and others can become infected after inhaling the drops or getting the drops on their hands and subsequently touching their mouths or noses.
Breast and Prostate Cancer
Guidelines for Screening and Early Detection
by Frank Staggers, Sr, MD and Brittany Harris, BA

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Here at EHI, we recognize the importance of community screening and early detection in order to empower individuals and address diseases that disproportionally affect our community. EHI’s Chairman and founding member of the Prostate Conditions Educational Council, Dr. Frank Staggers, Sr., stresses the importance of patient empowerment and notes, “patients need to be in charge of their own health and know risk factors to detect disease in its earliest stages.” Virtually all chronic diseases are silent, and by the time most patients begin to notice symptoms, they are already complications of the disease itself. As a result, we must begin to focus more on prevention and attacking these diseases during the latent period.
Eating Right
Addressing the Obesity Epidemic
by Gary Bean, MD and Brittany Harris, BA

Dr. Gary Bean, a pediatrician based in Oakland, California, has recognized the obesity epidemic that is quickly overtaking our community and is determined to make a difference. When speaking with his young patients and their parents, Dr. Bean realized that in an age where we are often bombarded with fast food and junk food, many people had forgotten how to cook. Dr. Bean decided to take matters into his own hands, and four years ago, developed, a 7-week program, the We Eat Well (WEW) project, that focused on nutritional health.
His Health
Alameda County Male Health Status Report
by Jessica Luginbuhl, MPH and Brittany Harris, BA

The Alameda County Public Health Department recently released its 2010 Male Health Status Report, a report that provides a detailed description of the health status of males in Alameda County based on a range of health and social indicators. According to the report, “on measures of mortality alone, males of color, especially African American males, have the lowest life expectancy overall and die at the highest rates on ten of thirteen measures – all-cause mortality, coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, lung, colorectal and prostate cancer, unintentional injury, motor vehicle crash, and homicide.”

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