CA Access News

February 2009

In this Issue: Feature | Partner Spotlight | Calendar | Welcome New Partners | In the News | Interesting Information | Contact Us


Getting Healthy Can Start with a Hair Cut

By Dr. Bill J. Releford, Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program

Mr. Mobley, a 60 year old African American male, presents with chronic foot complications related to his long standing diabetes. The patient has a medical history remarkable for hypertension -- five heart attacks and one stroke. The man's social history involves 50 years of smoking. Although aware of the dangers of smoking, he only recently quit due to a tracheotomy and the need to breath.

I wish I were making this up, but this man is a real patient, and his case is far from unique. African American men suffer disproportionately from preventable diseases and have the lowest life expectancy of any other ethnic group. Unemployment, poor education and racism along with ongoing health care disparities have compounded the crisis, and something must be done.


Partner Spotlight

San Diego Black Nurses Association

The purpose of the San Diego Black Nurses Association is to be the premier provider of health education and health promotion to achieve optimum health through a continuum of care for African Americans and other underserved population in the San Diego community.

At the American Nurses Association Convention in 1971, several delegates met and expressed concerns about the status of health care to Blacks in America. From this meeting grew an organization of national prominence known as the National Black Nurses Association, and the San Diego Black Nurses Association became one of its 80 chapters in 1976.

For more than 30 years, the San Diego Black Nurses Association has kept its commitment to its primary objectives of recruiting Blacks into nursing and retaining them for future health care providers, awarding scholarships annually to students enrolled in an accredited nursing program, and providing a support system to nursing students through monitoring and tutoring.

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Save the Date!
CPAT Biotech Training Seminars:
Understanding the Biotech Industry

During this informative seminar, our guests will gain a greater insight into the history and innovative work of the biotech industry. The biotech industry holds great promise to address some of today’s most prevalent diseases, and this is an opportunity to learn more about the science behind the biotech industry and the various medical advancements they are achieving.

Attendees at this luncheon seminar will learn about:

  • BioTech -- the science and technology that is changing healthcare.
  • The difference between a biotech drug and a traditional drug.
  • How a drug is discovered.
  • The process for how a drug is brought to market.
  • How biotech drugs can be used to manage and cure disease.

February 24, 2009
12 noon - 2:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn - Laguna Hills
Pasadena Room
25205 La Paz Road, Laguna Hills, CA 92653
Complimentary parking is available

RSVP Required
For more information, please contact Arlen Valdivia at (323) 466-3445 or


February 26, 2009
12 noon - 2:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn Express - Oakland Airport
Rio Vista Room
66 Airport Access Road, Oakland, CA 94603
Complimentary parking is available

RSVP Required
For more information, please contact Charlotte Phillips at (916) 658-0144 or



CPAT Partner Events

February 9-11, 2009
Integrated Benefits Institute & National Business Coalition on Health
Health & Productivity Forum
Hyatt Regency Century Plaza
2025 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067
For more information, please contact: Susan Dorsey at NBCH or Bill Molmen at IBI or visit the forum web page.

February 12, 2009
Clinicas del Camino Rela
Premier of Spread the Word/Pasa La Voz
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Santa Paula City Hall
970 E. Ventura Street, Santa Paula, CA 93060
For more information, please contact Marina Zamarron

February 14, 2009
Plaza Community Services
Give the Shirt Off Your Back Clothing Drive
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Plaza Community Services
4018 City Terrace Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90063
For more information, please call (323) 267-9749.

February 28, 2009
Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program
2009 African American Men's Health and Empowerment Summit
California Science Center
700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037
For more information, please call (310) 412-8009.


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In the News

California foundations agree to invest more in minority areas
Sacramento Bee, January 29, 2009
Under pressure from minority members of the California Legislature, 10 of the state's largest foundations will give an additional $30 million over the next three years to nonprofits in communities of color. Members of the Legislature's Latino, African American and Asian Pacific Islander caucuses were briefed Tuesday on the offer, which the foundations made last month. Read more

African Americans Often Unaware of Kidney Disease
ABC News, January 28, 2009
One reason that African Americans have high rates of kidney failure is that earlier, treatable stages of kidney disease are not being recognized in this population, according to findings from the Jackson Heart Study reported in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases for February. Read more

Racial gap grows in colon cancer death rates; health care access blamed
San Diego Union-Tribune, December 15, 2008
The racial gap in colon cancer death rates is widening, a new report says, and experts partly blame blacks' lower screening rates and poor access to quality care. Colon and rectal cancer death rates are now nearly 50 percent higher in blacks than in whites, according to American Cancer Society research being released today. Read more

Alameda County battle continues against HIV/AIDS
Oakland Tribune, February 4, 2009
The conversation about how the alarming rates of HIV/AIDS infection, especially in the black community, can be reduced is ongoing. As National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Week continues until Saturday, health and city leaders are joining to see what can be done this week and in the future. Read more


Interesting Information

African American Health Statistics

The African American community is disproportionately affected by obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and certain types of cancer. In 2008, the California Department of Public Health reported the following statistics:

  • In California, 27 percent of African Americans reported that they did not participate in any leisure time physical activity in the past month.1
  • 40 percent of African American adults in California are obese and 36 percent are overweight.1
  • In total, 76 percent of African American adults in California are overweight or obese.1
  • Among African Americans in California, 10 percent reported they had been diagnosed with diabetes, which is 1.7 times the rates of white Californians.2
  • Heart disease and cancer are the first and second leading causes of death for African American adults 18 years and older in California.3
  • Heart disease and cancer combined account for half of deaths among African Americans in California.2
  • Diabetes was the fifth leading cause of death among African American adults 18 years and older, accounting for 795 deaths in California.2

To learn more, please download the information from the California Department of Public Health

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (2006). Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Data. Atlanta, Georgia: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  2. California Health Interview Survey-Ask CHIS 2005. Retrieved May 29, 2007, from

  3. California Department of Public Health, Center for Health Statistics. (2007). Vital Statistics of California 2004. Retrieved May 29, 2007, from


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