Blacks’ vaccination rates rise as many overcome hesitancy, obstacles
Story updated The devastating impact of the Delta variant helped push John Arthur Brown into action. Brown, an Atlanta photographer, had been reluctant to get vaccinated. “I was the hesitant one,’’ he said. His doubts were based on how quickly the Covid-19 vaccines were developed. He had what he... Read more
Don’t delay! Ban menthol cigarettes
By Dr. David Satcher Race has long been a key determinant of public health in this country, and as U.S. Surgeon General under President Bill Clinton, I saw those disparities – and worse outcomes for Black Americans – every day. In 1998, I released the first Surgeon General’s report on “Tobacco... Read more
Commentary: Fighting lung cancer among communities of color
Statistics show that lung cancer has a disproportionate impact on communities of color. A new GHN Commentary outlines steps that can be taken to end health disparities related to this diagnosis. “Lung cancer adversely affects certain communities partly due to a history of targeted advertisement by tobacco companies, a... Read more
It’s time to address health inequities in lung cancer
By Rochelle Smalls and Dr. Daniel Miller Lung cancer is called the “silent killer” because it is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths and is often diagnosed in its later stages. It is generally associated with cigarette smoking, though it can be caused by pollutants in the air. Additionally, lung... Read more
Employer teamwork boosts vaccine access for Latino community
Three rival Georgia carpet companies took a break from their floor-covering competition to focus on a foe that united them: COVID-19. Mohawk Industries, Shaw Industries and Engineered Floors collaborated on a COVID vaccination event for the workers at their Dalton-area plants recently. Almost 5,000 shots were administered over two weeks... Read more

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