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Rx For Healthier Living

An OnQ Special Report

OnQ partners with Highmark for this series of special reports on health disparities in Pittsburgh's African-American community.


Rx For Healthier Living
Cover Story: Minority Health Disparities - explores the creation of this gap in health care, how it affects everyone, and what's being done to solve the problem. Chris Moore reports.

Live Guest: Angela Ford, Center for Minority Health

Related links:
Pennsylvania Children's Health Insurance Program (Tel: 1-800-986-KIDS)
Pennsylvania Adult Basic Insurance Call 1-800-GO-BASIC or apply online here.

Rx For Healthier Living
Cover Story: Healthy Messages - explores ways to bring good healthcare into Pittsburgh's African-American communities. One innovative program involves barbershops. Tonia Caruso reports.

Related Link: Center for Minority Health

Also Tonight: High Blood Pressure - all too common among African-American men. OnQ contributor Harold Hayes reports on his own medical condition.
Related Information on WebMD

Live Guest: Devra Davis, director of the Center for Environmental Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute.

Related Link:
When Smoke Ran Like Water

Cover Story: Cultural Barriers between doctors and patients are a major obstacle in minority health care. Chris Moore reports on one local doctor, Dr. Bruce Block, who trains others to become more "culturally competent."

Related Links:
Center for Minority Health
Centers for Healthy Hearts and Souls

Also Tonight: Dental Care in the African-American Community - OnQ contributor Lori Savitch reports on a scholarship program at West Virginia University that puts qualified dentists in the communities that need them.

Live Guest: Robin Cole Discusses His Prostate Cancer, how the disease impacts African-American men, and promotes an upcoming race to raise money for prostate cancer research.
Read Post-Gazette article.

Related Events:
First Annual Faith & Health Home Run Breakfast
Saturday, June 11 at 8:30 a.m.
Centre City Marriott, Downtown Pittsburgh

Father's Day 5K/10K Race for Prostate Cancer Education
Sunday, June 19 at 8:00 a.m.
North Shore Riverfront Park

For more information about either event call: 412-765-3190

Cover Story: Healthy Black Family - is a project that closes the disparity gap - by educating parents and kids. Michael Bartley reports.

Also Tonight: Class of 2010. See what one local middle school is doing to help kids eat, learn and play healthier. Michael Bartley reports from Rooney Middle School.

Live Guest: Dr. Stephen Thomas, director of the Center for Minority Health at the University of Pittsburgh.

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