June is Men’s Health Month, a national observance used to raise awareness about health care for men and focus on encouraging boys, men, and their families to practice and implement healthy living decisions, such as exercising and eating healthy. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, men in the United States, on average, die 5 years earlier than women and die at higher rates from the three leading causes of death, heart disease, cancer, and unintentional injuries. During Men’s Health Month, we encourage men to take control of their health, and for families to teach young boys healthy habits throughout childhood.
World AIDS Vaccine Day
Since the first cases of AIDS were reported in 1981, hundreds of thousands of health professionals, scientists, volunteers, and community members have worked tirelessly to combat AIDS and find an AIDS vaccine. On World AIDS Vaccine Day, May 18th, not only do we give thanks to all those who have worked to fight this disease, but we also honor all the people who have succumbed to the disease. While recent advances for AIDS vaccines have moved the needle and got us closer to a cure, we are not there yet.
The Race for an AIDS Vaccine
There have been many breakthroughs in AIDS treatments, and we are closer than ever to a vaccine, but there is still work to be done. The AIDS virus is unlike other viruses which makes developing a vaccine for it so difficult. Currently, researchers are working on different types of experimental vaccines in the hopes of finding a cure for this deadly disease.
It is important to continue to educate communities on HIV and AIDS prevention. Educating under-served communities and minority populations is important to preventing HIV. Using proper protection and not sharing needles are just two things you can do to protect yourself against contracting HIV. Donating to the research for an AIDS vaccine also helps in the effort to quickly find a vaccine for the disease.
How to Celebrate World AIDS Vaccine Day
The best way you can celebrate World AIDS Vaccine Day is to not only get the word out to others but also thank those in the health industry who have worked to combat the disease. Post to your personal social media pages announcing this national awareness day and make sure you tag us at https://www.facebook.com/WestOaklandHealth. Donate on World AIDS Vaccine Day. You can make a donation here. The more awareness people can raise about finding a cure for AIDS, the faster we can find a cure.
For more information on World AIDS Vaccine Day check out this link.
Community Clinic Helps Close Disparity
With the spread of the novel COVID-19 virus, healthcare disparity between races became impossible to ignore. The numbers for the African American community were staggering. Unfortunately, the coronavirus is not the only illness that hits non-white communities harder. Diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease are all diseases that affect the black community at disproportionate rates. Access to proper healthcare is critical for prevention, early intervention, and proper treatment. Luckily, West Oakland Health has been providing quality healthcare to the local community for over 50 years that has been closing the health disparity.
Disparity in Numbers
According to the CDC, African Americans are more likely than the non-Hispanic white population to die at an early age. Across the board, they are more likely to suffer from Diabetes, Hypertension, and heart disease. The CDC cites that socioeconomic circumstances might account for the disparity. Having less access to proper healthcare, housing, and nutrition are all factors that lead to more health problems. However, these factors do not explain the gap in its entirety.
Studies released by the National Institute of Health in 2005 indicate that African Americans received lower-quality care besides less access. The study’s findings provided concrete proof that the black communities received subpar healthcare even when insurance status, income, age, and severity of conditions were comparable to their white counterparts.
Community Clinic, you can count on.
Understanding the challenges local communities face, four African American mothers formed the West Oakland Health Council. Today the WOH is proud to offer quality care to all races throughout the local communities. Among the many services offered, WOH provides screening and treatment for diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. Without treatment, all of these diseases can lead to serious complications and death, but with proper treatment, patients can enjoy a happy and healthy life. For more information or questions, contact us today.
Congratulations to President-Elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris
Kitchen to Ward
Kitchen to Ward is an amazing organization that is donating lunches to West Oakland Health Council Essential workers. West Oakland Health Council has received delicious sandwiches from Sierra Deli in Oakland as part of the generosity of a caring community through Kitchen to Ward.
California Voter Registration
To register online you will need your California driver license or California identification card number, the last four digits of your social security number, and your date of birth.