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Black community has new option for health care: The church

By CARRIE ANTLFINGER Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — Every Sunday at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, the Rev. Joseph Jackson Jr. praises the Lord before his congregation. But since last fall he’s been praising something else his Black community needs: the...

Red Cross faces severe blood shortage as hospital demand increases

Severe blood shortage: Donors needed now to address delays in  patient care  New effects of pandemic leading to significant drop in nation’s blood supply  FAIRFAX, VA (June 15, 2021) — The American Red Cross is experiencing a severe blood  shortage as...

Nonprofit creates app to promote vaccination incentives

By Megan Sayles, AFRO Business Writer Report for America Corps Member Msayles@afro.com Just a few weeks ago, Bright Mind Enrichment and Schooling (BME), a community wellness and education nonprofit, rolled out their mobile app and website: Vaccination Rewards, which aggregates incentives available...

Teenage entrepreneur launches healthy sports drink for Gen Z athletes

By Megan Sayles, AFRO Business Writer Report for America Corps Member Msayles@afro.com If there is one thing to learn from Virginia teen Alana Andrews, it’s that entrepreneurship has no age requirement. In April, the 17-year-old started an online business for her healthy...

#WordinBlack: FDA talks vaccinations for younger students ahead of next school year

By Alexis Taylor Special to the AFRO Though Pfizer-BioNTech received permission to lower the age threshold for their COVID-19 vaccine last month, pharmaceutical companies have yet to present an option for millions of school-aged children younger than 12. According to the National...

Healthy smoothie cafe in College Park finds success in spite of the pandemic

By Megan Sayles, AFRO Business Writer Report for America Corps Member Msayles@afro.com Brave is one word to describe opening a business during the pandemic, but Jetaine Hart and her boyfriend, Sheriff Taiwo, were prepared for the challenge when they opened their healthy...

TasteWise Kids feeds students and families in Baltimore

By Daryl Moore Special to the AFRO Since schools closed over a year ago because of the global pandemic, there are many areas that have been affected. One issue that does not get a lot of attention, however, is the burden...

Prepping summer skin after lockdown: Tips from a local aesthetician

By Nadine Matthews Special to the AFRO The summer weather can be brutal on your skin, whether it's dealing with summer acne, concerns about whether or not to wear sunblock, insect bites and making skin look extra good because...well, there is...

Howard County’s Shot in the arm

By Jannette J. Witmyer, Special to the Afro As Maryland’s COVID-19 positivity and hospitalization rates continue to decline, restrictions for those who’ve been fully-vaccinated have been lifted, and people are returning to enjoying time spent with family and friends....

Chronic homelessness in Washington D.C. increases twenty percent

NNPA NEWSWIRE – According to data from the Department of Human Services, chronic homelessness fell but the number of homeless individuals between the ages of 18 and 24 went up from 243 last year to 325 this year —...

Medical debt: The other part of the pandemic’s fallout

NNPA NEWSWIRE – “If you’re considering bankruptcy as a solution for medical debt, you’re not alone. Unmanageable medical care debt and the hardships that often come along with it – like loss of work or reduced access to credit...

Bishop T.D. Jakes details what the church needs to know about COVID-19 vaccines

By John W. Davis OW Reporter Bishop T.D. Jakes believes there’s power in faith, but it is time for action to end the COVID-19 pandemic, once and for all. “Trouble doesn’t last always but trauma holds on for a while. The church...

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