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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Contradistinction: African American men's health and Obamacare

I light of a March 9th JAMA article on African American male health, I thought I’d briefly summarize it and share some personal commentary.


The article was published in the March 9th issue of Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) by Martin, Jack, titled “The Health of Young African American Men.” Please refer to the attached article for details.


Briefly, young African American (AA) men face a 4.7 year decreased life expectancy compared to their young white American male counterpart (THE LOWEST life expectancy of any major demographic in the US) caused by:

1.       Heart disease

2.       Cancer

3.       Homicide

4.       Disproportionate incarceration rates (6x more likely to be imprisoned than white male counterpart); 1/3 AA men born today will be incarcerated


What is the underlying etiology of many growing disparities in AA male health? I personally believe they are found in the barriers to healthcare for young African American men. The authors point out several large scale issues of note (I’ve added links for context):

1.       Violence/shootings, Trauma (physical, emotional), ie Police brutality, etc

2.       Shortage of primary care practitioners in urban areas

3.       Lack of resources to address psychological anguish, or influence behaviors (lack of social support)


The authors conclude the article by addressing barriers to care for young African American men. The suggestions, though obvious to some, may be quite instructional for others:

1.       Advocate for public health and social support (currently US public health fund 3 cents of each dollar in healthcare spending)

2.       Be proactive in establishing a “medical relationship” at encounters such as:

a.       During patient’s partner’s pregnancy

b.      After patient becomes a father

c.       Experience of physical, mental trauma

d.      Presenting to the emergency department

e.      Physical exams for employment

f.        Drug court

g.       Sports physicals, military physicals, occupational screening

h.      Reentry from corrections

3.       Meet men on their own terms

4.       Create an open door and trusted space

5.       Build where medical care works, rebuild where it does not

6.       Engage in thoughtful use of newer technologies (web, mobile, devices, etc)




In 2013, Gov Pat McCrory denied Medicaid expansion to the poorest NC citizens. What does the future hold for our state’s poor?

Unemployment; enduring health ignorance and its consequence, illness; disdain and growing hopelessness in the hearts of those who we may call our brother or sister, neighbor, friend. For when you don’t have your health, what else in life matters?


My concerns:

1. I am concerned about the mounting ignorance of our lay public. Based upon Gov. McCrory's decision to deny Medicaid expansion in NC, many people with whom I've spoken have been unintentionally misguided into believing that they no longer can seek out a PCP due to doctor's offices no longer accepting Medicaid patients. Many people have lost employment, for various reasons.


2. Secondly, I am concerned about the lofty, duplicitous parlance of politicians. Why hasn’t the State’s existing Medicaid program been fixed by now? The underlying origins of the aforementioned unmet needs stem from Gov. McCrory's refusal to expand federal provisions to NC's at-risk populations, which would make it possible for our poorest and sickest to afford their primary, secondary, etc preventative care.


3. Finally, I am concerned about the general lack of backbone on the part of our elected officials and in part, physicians. Acts speak louder than words, yet in the NC State Assembly there is a deafening silence and not enough physician advocacy is happening. Advocacy is now a matter of necessity. Medical student (SNMA, AMSA) and physician advocacy groups (NMA, Durham Academy of Medicine, AMA) are essentially our lifeline. The HK on J People’s Assembly Coalition has made this clear. Politics aside, all elected positions are sworn positions whose seat, in accordance with the US Constitution, must “insure domestic tranquility” and “promote the general welfare.”




1.       Leslie, L. McCrory says no special session on Medicaid expansion. Read more at http://www.wral.com/mccrory-says-no-special-session-on-medicaid-expansion/13045944/#7udkr7ft8a3KUHVE.99WRAL

2.       Leslie, L. McCrory, feds differ on Medicaid rule. http://www.wral.com/mccrory-feds-differ-on-medicaid-rule/13023399/

3.       Wilson, Reid. NC Gov McCrory: ‘Door open’ to Medicaid expansion. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2014/07/14/n-c-gov-mccrory-door-open-to-medicaid-expansion/

4.       Barrett M. NC may reverse course on Medicaid expansion. http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2014/11/15/nc-may-reverse-course-medicaid-expansion/19115499/



Askia K. Dunnon, MS

UNC at Chapel Hill, School of Medicine

ASN Scholar

(c) (252) 412-7214



Friday, February 27, 2015

February Man of the Month: Dr. Louis Sullivan


Link to Disruptive Women in Health Care

February Man of the Month: Dr. Louis Sullivan

Posted: 27 Feb 2015 06:30 AM PST


To celebrate Black History Month we are honoring Dr. Louis Wade Sullivan as our February Man of the Month. He is an active health policy leader, minority health advocate, author, physician, and educator. Dr. Sullivan served as Secretary of Health and Human Services from 1989 to 1993 during President George H. W. Bush's Administration and was Founding Dean of the Morehouse School of Medicine.

Some of his accomplishments while at HHS include:

§ The introduction of a new and improved FDA food label

§ The release of Healthy People 2000

§ The introduction of a public education program focused on the health dangers from tobacco use

§ The inauguration of a $100 million minority male health and injury prevention initiative

In addition to these achievements Dr. Sullivan placed greater emphasis on gender and ethnic diversity in senior positions of HHS by selecting the:

§ First female Director of the National Institutes of Health

§ First female (and first Hispanic) Surgeon General

§ First African-American Commissioner of the Social Security Administration

§ First African-American Administrator (Acting) of the Health Care Financing Administration

§ First female Chief of Staff of HHS

In 1991, Dr. Sullivan formed the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI). WEDI is the leading authority on the use of Health IT to improve healthcare information exchange in order to enhance the quality of care, improve efficiency, and reduce costs of our nation's healthcare system. In 1996 WEDI was designated as an advisor to HHS.

In 2003, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to chair the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

He recently won (along with David Chanoff) a NAACP Image Award for his autobiography "Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine" (University of Georgia Press).

Dr. Sullivan has undoubtedly disrupted healthcare (in a positive way of course). He also helped women move into leadership roles in healthcare. We are proud to name him our February Man of the Month!



Sunday, February 22, 2015

MMM Announcements - Eno Valley Elementary School - Feb. 20th, 2015

Greetings MMM,


I hope everyone is having a great Friday! 


@Undergraduates MMM members, our Men of Honor Service Initiative is now in place! Eno Valley Elementary School is looking for young minority male mentors from the Triangle community to come to the school and help mentor/tutor students. Mark your availability in the doodle calendar below.


Special Video Announcement for Undergraduates members: http://goo.gl/PLDB3l


Pay special attention to the 2 announcements below.

1. (Action) Eno Valley MEN of HONOR - Community Service Partnership

- Location: Eno Valley Elementary School (117 Milton Road, Durham, NC 27712, United States)

- Time: 3:30-5:00pm

- Description: 20-22 young elementary school boys between 10 and 12 years of age. They are looking for us to be mentors. We need to find 2 days out of each month where a minimum of two MMM members can go to the school. Mark your availability on the doodle calendar.

- Dates:

  • January: 6, 8, 13, 15, 27, 29   
  • February: 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26        
  • March: 10, 12, 17, 19, 25, 26           
  • April: 14, 21, 28   
  • May: 5 ,7

- Doodle Calendar mark your availability: http://doodle.com/iyiz9vwve8cyyiiw

- If you need a ride mark this google dochttp://goo.gl/eNwQwE

2. MMM Tutoring/Study Hall NEXT WEEK!

- Location: [Bondurant Hall] Room number coming soon…

- Time: Wednesday, Feb 25th 5pm-8:30

- You don't have to come the entire time. The room will be available for you all to use and we will be there to help with any questions you have. Bring your midterm study material and a snack.

See you all soon!


Anthony McClenny

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School of Medicine c/o 2018

cell. 704-877-0368

skype. antmcclenny





On Feb 8, 2015, at 1:07 AM, Mcclenny, Anthony <anthony_mcclenny@med.unc.edu> wrote:


Greetings MMM!


Quick Reference Guide:

A. Special Thanks

B. Next Meeting 

C. Updates and Action items (3 of 5)



A. Special thanks to...


If you weren't able to attend the event this past Friday, you really missed out on an phenomenal discussion. If you don't believe me, ask anyone who attended! Don't take my word for it! And I encourage you to do so. You need to hear about what was discussed at the meeting.


I want to thank Dr. Bright, Dr. McLean, and especially Dr. Zollicoffer for coming all the way from Baltimore for the meeting and sharing their wisdom about medicine, society, and life! I also want to give a special thanks to Associate Director Claudis Polk for inviting the two exceptional officers to the meeting, Officer Bynum and Assistant Chief Forbes. 


AND, I can't forget Graham Mulvaney! Thank you for allowing us to use your home for the event!



B. Next Meeting - THIS MONDAY


Feb. Monday, 9th 5:30-6:30pm - MMM Meeting: Scheduled Speaker

- Location: Bondurant 3074

- Speaker: Dr. Robert Burkmire

- Director, Residency Program, Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery

- Don't miss this!


C. Announcements 


See the announcements below. Pay special attention to all announcements below. There are 3 action items.

1. (Action) Eno Valley MEN of HONOR - Community Service Partnership

- Location: Eno Valley Elementary School (117 Milton Road, Durham, NC 27712, United States)

- Time: 3:30-5:00pm

- Description: 20-22 young elementary school boys between 10 and 12 years of age. They are looking for us to be mentors. We need to find 2 days out of each month where a minimum of two MMM members can go to the school. Mark your availability on the doodle calendar.

- Dates:

  • January: 6, 8, 13, 15, 27, 29   
  • February: 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26        
  • March: 10, 12, 17, 19, 25, 26           
  • April: 14, 21, 28   
  • May: 5 ,7

- Doodle Calendar mark your availability: http://doodle.com/iyiz9vwve8cyyiiw


2. (Action) Student Interest Google Survey is here! (Takes a few seconds!)

- This is very important for future MMM event and meeting planning!!!

- Complete it here: http://goo.gl/forms/xEpJJVWqJW


3. Krispy Kreme Run Cancelled 


4. (Action) The MMM Network Contact List

- Thank you to all who have filled out the document below ! It is clear that you all understand the importance of this information and networking. 

- Fill out the google spreadsheet with your current contact information.


5. Carborro High School Tutoring -(Will be ongoing throughout the semester)

- We had been invited to tutor students at Carrboro high school. This will be a great privilege and a rewarding experience! We will be sending a schedule out soon for this community service initiative. Stay tuned!

- Recurring Dates and Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 4-5pm




Thank you for being attentive to the announcements! See you all soon!



Over and Out!




Anthony McClenny

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School of Medicine c/o 2018

UNC MMM Sub-Chair

cell. 704-877-0368

skype. antmcclenny


Gold Humanism Honor Society Celebrates Black History Month!

Hey all,


In Recognition of Black History Month, GHHS Presents 


    Iatrophobia: The Roots of Black Americans' Relationship with Medicine and Possible Remedies


- Come learn about the current state of health in Black America and the historical context that has shaped this populations' relationship within our healthcare system -- beyond the Tuskegee experiments.  We will also work to brainstorm ways in which relations between Black Americans and the healthcare system can be improved, despite this troubled history.  


- Presentation and discussion led by 4th year medical student, and GHHS member Matthew Tipton


21 MacNider Hall

Friday, February 27, 2015

12:00 PM- 1:00 PM



Thanks all!!


Matthew Tipton

MD Candidate 2015

UNC School of Medicine

Saturday, February 8, 2014

[toastmasters] 2/12 Open House - Please talk this up

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Room 527 Health Sciences Library


Tom Kost, former Director in Molecular Discovery Research at GlaxoSmithKline, will present concepts that professionals and graduate students should consider when preparing and giving scientific or technical presentations. Kost will give a 30 minute presentation and answer questions from the audience. Portions of a Toastmasters meeting will be demonstrated, also: speech evaluation and short impromptu speaking practice.


Light refreshments will be provided.


Toastmasters prepares you to give presentations with confidence, think quickly and clearly, and become a strong leader.

BELL TOWER TOASTMASTERS Club 1048, District 37

Chapel Hill, NC - Meets Every Tuesday 12:00pm - 1:00pm.
Room 227 Health Sciences Library, South Columbia Street, UNC at Chapel Hill Campus

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Lupus: the great imitator



Posted: 18 Apr 2013 08:05 AM PDT

katherine_greenImagine yourself as a young woman who by all accounts appears healthy. One day you experience flu like symptoms, see your physician, and are sent home with the usual: sleep, hydrate, take two of these, and you get better. But do you? Some time passes and you become sick again, this time with a different gamut of symptoms including recurring infections, joint pains, headaches, fatigue, depression, rashes, etc.  As a result, you find yourself in and out of this complicated domestic health care delivery system, seeing one physician/specialist after another and are left with little to no answers.

Fast forward a few years. You're now in your mid-twenties and have found a personal physician who took the time to listen to your story of diverse symptoms. After reviewing our current symptoms, laboratory tests, and medical history, you finally have the answer to the question you've been asking yourself for years: Why am I always sick? You have systemic lupus.

What is lupus? It is Mysterious. Debilitating. Insufferable. Undiscriminating.

Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can often appear asymptomatic. It evolves over time and manifests with various, signs, symptoms, and clues, which eventually signal its presence. It's also known as the "imitator disease", because the symptoms often point to any number of other diseases. From on-set of initial indicators, to an eventual diagnosis, the process can take anywhere from 3-7 years. People of all races and ethnic groups can develop lupus. Lupus strikes mostly women of childbearing age (15-44). However, men, children, and teenagers develop lupus too. Women of color are 2-3 times more likely to develop lupus.

Can you live a "normal" life with lupus? Sure, but the first step is receiving a diagnosis so you can effectively manage your disease. Lupus is a disease of flares (the symptoms worsen and you feel ill) and remissions (the symptoms improve and you feel better). Lupus can range from mild to life-threatening and should always be treated by a doctor. With good medical care, most people with lupus can lead a full life. But a large subset of people with lupus are underprivileged, underserved, and often times have limited resources, such as health insurance or means to obtain health coverage. With extreme cases of lupus, work is difficult and without a support network comprised of family, a community, and/or employment, many people are left without medical attention.

When I started working with The Lupus Foundation of America, DC/MD/VA (LFA-DMV) my knowledge of lupus was limited. I have been in the Public Health sector for the larger part of my professional career and lupus was not really on my radar. I didn't realize what a mystery this disease in fact was until I started working with the organization. I am a firm believer that health care is a right not a privilege. Upon becoming part of this small chapter team, it became readily apparent what an impact this group of people makes in the lives of 80,000 individuals affected by lupus living in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. We are the only chapter that has a Patient Navigation program that includes support and resources to anyone affected by lupus in our service area at no cost to the individual. A number of the people who seek our help at LFA-DMV are underinsured or uninsured. Many are newly diagnosed, scared, and looking for answers and help.

Lupus is a multifaceted disease that can attack any organ system in the body including the skin, lungs, heart, brain, and kidneys. There is no known cause and no known cure. Research and awareness is needed, as only one drug has been approved specifically for lupus in the past 50 years. Lupus doesn't have to remain a mystery, nor an unknown. Through advocacy and awareness, we can bring this dark disease to light and work towards finding a cure. With all the benefits of the Affordable Care Act kicking in next year, more people will have access to care and resources, but lupus needs a bigger voice. I ask you to join me, and advocate for those that need a voice NOW and help us solve this mystery. The largest lupus awareness event in the area is taking place on Saturday, April 27th. You have the opportunity to walk with us down Pennsylvania Avenue and take steps towards a cure. This powerful event unites members of the lupus community and gives hope to those fighting this disease. Get involved today!

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Katherine Green is a Health Care Advocacy and Communication Consultant with Strategic Partnerships, LLC. Among other health agencies and nonprofits she currently is working with the Lupus Foundation of America, DC/MD/VA. Some of her previous achievements include working with PATH, Malaria Vaccine Initiative on the clinical management team. The RTS,S malaria vaccine  candidate which the team worked on reduces malaria by approximately one-third in African infants. In addition, she worked with the Centers for Disease Control on developing systematic questions about gender and sexuality used by The National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) and other national health initiatives.

Link to Disruptive Women in Health Care

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Watch Your Mouth

ABC News: Watch Your Mouth! http://goo.gl/mag/EX7m4JR