Raising Black Health Awareness

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The following summarizes efforts that seek address racial and ethnic health disparities.

* African Refuge: The African Refuge provides mental health and other services to immigrants who relocated to New York's Staten Island to escape global conflicts.

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Tens of thousands of African immigrants reside in Staten Island and roughly 6,000 Liberian immigrants live in the Park Hill neighborhood where the organization is located, according to the group's founder, Jack Saul, a psychologist who specializes in treating trauma victims and assistant professor at Columbia University. The organization also provides African immigrants assistance with their immigration status, health screenings, employment services and help with food (Richardson, New York Daily News, 11/14).

* Black Health magazine: The first issue of Black Health, a new bimonthly publication that aims to increase awareness of black health issues, is now on newstands. The magazine is published by Marcus Oaks, who created the magazine after he found that aside from the "stray health column" in black publications, few promoted healthy living, the Mobile Press-Register reports.

Oaks said the magazine focuses on key health conditions that affect blacks: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, obesity and cancer. He said he hopes the publication will provide a "positive" spin on health issues and avoid the "bad news" stigma (Brantley, Mobile Press-Register, 11/11).

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