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Fixing Black Healthcare in San Bernardino County

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The African-American Health Initiative (AAHI) recently received a grant from the California Endowment to identify, assess, and implement culturally specific strategies for the prevention and treatment of hypertension and heart disease, HIV/AIDS, prostate and breast cancers for the African-American population in San Bernardino County.


There will be a planning meeting to address how the Black community can work to create a plan that will improve the health and well being in this county to be held at New Hope Family Life Center (formerly the Public Enterprise Center) at 1505 W. Highland Avenue in San Bernardino on Friday, August 22, from 8:00 am - 10:00 am.

According to the grant, the AAHI has been asked to:

Identify all current prevention and treatment services, programs and providers relative to heart disease, high blood pressure, breast/prostate cancers, and HIV/AIDS.

Interview 300 African American residents for their opinions of the healthcare system and how it can be improved. Identify best practices and programs that will help African-American health problems.

Draft a comprehensive strategic plan based on the results of findings.

Conduct three public forums for community comments on the comprehensive plan before final report.

Develop a comprehensive plan, with community recommendations, to improve preventive and treatment services provided by hospitals, clinics, doctorsÂ’ offices, the San Bernardino County Department of Health and other healthcare providers.

A Black certified public health nurse, V. Diane Woods, M.S.N., R.N, will head the planning project. She has worked in healthcare administration for over 30 years. Some of her achievements include:

Director of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Division of Adult Health and Chronic Disease Prevention and division of STD and TB Control where she oversaw a $23 million budget.

Working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Chronic Disease Directors in developing national plans for coronary heart disease, diabetes, sexually transmitted infections, and TB control.

Assisting with the creation of a county health department in Montgomery County Pennsylvania.

Managing several Community Health Centers in Norristown, Pottstown, Reading, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as well as directing community outreach efforts to disadvantaged populations in Alabama, Texas, and Indiana.

A Dr.P.H. Candidate at Loma Linda University, her doctoral studies are focused on the development of primary prevention systems and public health policy analysis.

The community is invited and encouraged to attend the first planning meeting at the New Hope Family Life Center (formerly the Public Enterprise Center) at 1505 W. Highland Avenue in San Bernardino on Friday, August 22, from 8:00 am - 10:00 am.

Please call Carl Dameron at (909) 888-2500 to reserve your place for this important community meeting.

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