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Color Me Bad? Scientist Calls Negative Stereotypes a ‘Threat’ to Black Health

Posted: February 03, 2017

If current diagnosis rates continue, approximately one in 20 black men, one in 48 black women and one in two black gay and bisexual men will be diagnosed with HIV during their lifetimes, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention projections. CDC estimates show that African-Americans account for almost half (44 percent in 2010) of all new infections and represent more than one-third (40 percent or 498,400 persons in 2013) of all people living with HIV.

While the disease that emerged in the late 80s as a "white gay male disease" has clearly reached epidemic levels in black and brown communities, one University of Southern California scientist insists that stereotypes - ones consciously and unconsciously perpetuated by healthcare providers can be internalized by members of marginalized groups, such as people of color, women who seek to have children later in life and older, poor and LGBTQ people - and it may literally be making them sicker.

With collaborator Dr. Adam Fingherhut of Loyola Marymount University, Dr. Cleopatra Abdou, was the first to lead an experimental study about how stereotypes - specifically "healthcare stereotype threat" - is directly linked to health outcomes among marginalized groups, including black people.


National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Theme is — I am my Brother/Sister’s Keeper: Fight HIV/AIDS

Posted: February 02, 2017

February 7, 2017 marks the 17th year for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD), a national HIV testing and treatment community mobilization initiative targeted at Blacks in the United States and the Diaspora. NBHAAD was founded in 1999 as a national response to the growing HIV and AIDS epidemic in African American communities.

The NBHAAD initiative leverages a national platform to educate, bring awareness, and mobilize the African American community. NBHAAD has four key focus areas which encourage people to:

  • Get Educated about HIV and AIDS;
  • Get Involved in community prevention efforts;
  • Get Tested to know their status; and
  • Get Treated to receive the continuum of care needed to live with HIV/AIDS.

The governing body of NBHAAD has evolved over the last 15 years into the Strategic Leadership Council (SLC).  The SLC provides guidance, direction, and strategic thought to engaging more African American community stakeholders and organizations to make NBHAAD a success.

The theme this year is “I am my Brother/Sister’s Keeper: Fight HIV/AIDS.” We have to challenge the mindset in our homes, communities, workplace, churches, mosques and temples, because we all need to take a stand against HIV/AIDS.

Read more and learn how you can get involved at

Survey: Texas Reduces Homelessness by 42 Percent Since 2007

Posted: February 01, 2017

Advocates for Texas' homeless population are celebrating a federal report showing a significant reduction in the number of Texans who are homeless over the past decade. According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development's annual count, homelessness in Texas dropped by almost 42 percent from 2007 to 2016 - a period when the state's overall population grew 13 percent. Eric Samuels, executive director at the Texas Homeless Network, said the progress is due to better funding and support, as well as new methods for housing the homeless.

"It's either permanent support housing or rapid re-housing, right away. They’re not moving people through emergency shelter and transitional housing programs,” Samuels said. "Because they're doing that and because they're directing their funding towards those programs, we're getting people out of homelessness faster."

The HUD survey measured the number of people on the streets in a single 24-hour period in most American towns and cities. Samuels' network helped conduct the annual point-in-time survey in Texas. The group also provides training to agencies tackling homelessness. Texas had some advantages in the survey, Samuels said, including lower housing costs and a somewhat better job market than in many states. But he said that helping groups like the chronically homeless and veterans remains a challenge.

"To be chronically homeless, you have to be on the street for a long duration of time or have frequent episodes of homelessness and have a disabling condition,” Samuels explained. "One of the disabling conditions often is a mental illness. The news there is good because we are getting a lot of those folks off the street." He said another major factor in the state’s performance was that the federal government has increased funding for homeless programs in Texas by 70 percent since 2005.


NNED Partner of the Month

Posted: February 01, 2017

In order to highlight pockets of excellence across the country the NNED selects an organization to highlight once a month. Communities In Schools of Richmond has been selected as the Partner of the Month for February in celebration of African American History Month.

Communities In Schools of Richmond (CIS) is connected to a national network of over 200 affiliates to form the nation’s largest and most effective organization dedicated to keeping kids in school. By bringing community resources inside public schools, where they are accessible, coordinated and accountable, CIS Founder Bill Milliken changed the picture for millions of kids across the country.

CIS's unique model positions site coordinators inside schools to assess students’ needs and provide resources to help them succeed in the classroom and in life. They partner with local businesses, social service agencies, health care providers and volunteers. Whether it’s food, school supplies, health care, counseling, academic assistance or a positive role model, Communities In Schools of Richmond is there to help. Their mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

View a list of previous NNED Partners of the Month here.

Fighting Opioid Abuse in Indian Country

Posted: January 31, 2017

Nationwide, Native Americans are at least twice as likely as the general population to become addicted to drugs and alcohol, and three times as likely to die of a drug overdose. In Washington state, Indians die of drug overdoses at a rate of 29 in 100,000, compared to a rate of 12 for whites, 11 for blacks, 3 for Hispanics and 2 for Asians, according to the state Health Department.

Compounding the problem, the majority of the nation’s 2.9 million Indians living on and off reservations have little to no access to health care, much less mental health and addiction services. The Muckleshoot and a handful of other affluent tribes in the Northwest and across the country are becoming exceptions. With money from casinos and other businesses, some tribes, mostly near major cities, have been able to build world-class health care systems on their reservations that include addiction treatment programs.

In addition, Washington is one of 32 states and the District of Columbia that have expanded Medicaid to cover able-bodied adults. The federal-state health care program for low-income people pays the bill for treatment.

On the Muckleshoot reservation, population 3,500, a behavioral health center currently treats 170 people for opioid addiction. At least 85 percent of those patients are covered by Medicaid, said Dan Cable, the program’s manager. The rest are covered by a tribal health insurance plan. Developed seven years ago, the Muckleshoot treatment center and recovery housing have so far served everyone in need, with no waiting lists.


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