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Oprah Winfrey Puts Black Women’s Health And Wellness First With New Initiative

As a pillar in the Black community and advocate for Black women in her community, Oprah Winfrey and her cable network Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) have announced the launch of its first-ever initiative that aims to offer tools that both empower and uplift Black women’s health and wellness. According to Deadline, Winfrey and the network’s multi-platform OWN Your Health campaign strives to raise awareness and also provide “education, resources, and a sense of community to address the unique health concerns facing Black women today, encouraging them to put their health and well-being first.” The last year has been tumultuous for all of us dealing with the pandemic, especially Black women, so the Own Your Health campaign hopes to get our community’s well-being back on track. “COVID-19 and the racial justice movement have highlighted the need for urgent policy reform to balance disparities that exist in healthcare for Black women and we look forward to working with our distinguished...

Njera Perkins

Apr 9, 2021

Dr. Danielle Richardson Wants to Educate the Black Community on Proper Vision Care

It’s no secret that African Americans have been hit harder than any other group by COVID-19 . However, even before the pandemic, we knew that the Black community was at a disadvantage in the healthcare system. According to Cigna , a leading healthcare provider, Black people are 80 percent more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes, and 20 percent more likely to have visual impairments. Black women are also 40 percent more likely to die from breast cancer. Dr. Danielle Richardson, an LA-based optometrist at Zak , is trying to help reduce these disparities. Dr. Richardson is a glaucoma-certified therapeutic optometrist and hails from Indianapolis, Indiana. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Indiana University Bloomington and a Doctor of Optometry degree from Indiana University School of Optometry. She is also licensed to practice optometry in New York, Texas, and California. Dr. Richardson is passionate about educating communities of color about the importance of proper...

Colleen Williams

Jul 23, 2020

Bernard J. Tyson Shapes the Future of Health Care at Kaiser Permanente

To call Bernard J. Tyson an industry giant would still be a significant understatement. As Chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente , Tyson heads an organization that provides care for 12.3 million members at 600+ locations across eight states and the District of Columbia. We had the fantastic opportunity to talk with him ahead of AfroTech 2019 about his career, the future of health care, and how Kaiser Permanente fights for equitable health care for its members and the 68 million residents in its surrounding communities. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. AfroTech: Mr. Tyson, you’ve been in the health care industry for about 35 years. In fact, your LinkedIn profile indicates that you studied health service management as an undergraduate and also earned an MBA with a focus on health services administration. Can you tell us what sparked your interest in health care? Bernard J. Tyson: When I was a child, my mother spent a lot of time with her doctor and in a hospital...

Colleen Williams

Nov 7, 2019