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Men's Health Summit Reaches the Masses

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The Inland Empire Concerned African American Churches (IECAAC) and the African American Health Institute (AAHI) of San Bernardino County recently co-sponsored an Inland Empire Men’s Health Summit to celebrate and honor Black men participation in improving their health and the health of their families, and communities.

This event was held in conjunction with Father’s Day, to celebrate the month of June as "Prostate Cancer Prevention Month".

For several years the IECAAC and the AAHI have cooperated in an outreach/ research "Black Men’s Prostate Prevention Project" which has taken them to many locations within California to other states, and to the Caribbean.

Individually as well as through focus groups, fraternaties, veterans organizations, churches, health & other civic groups, Black men have shared their experiences, and participated in designing program materials for a 'TOOL KIT that is more useful and can better serve African Americans.

V. Diane Woods, DrPH, CEO, African American Health Institute, promoted and coordinated the Black Men's Prostate Cancer Prevention Project.

Dr. Woods presented a complete Prostate Cancer Prevention "TOOL KIT" to a representative of several participating groups, asking each to use the KIT and begin work immediately.

'Beauty Inside & Out' Health Outreach Program Continues

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Healthy Heritage Movement, a non-profit health advocacy organization, hosted the first of its 2010 spring series ‘Beauty Inside and Out’ Women’s Outreach Program this past April. The goal is to feature presentations at beauty salons throughout the Inland Empire. True beauty comes from within and is the crux of Beauty Inside and Out founded by Phyllis Clark, CEO of Healthy Heritage Movement.

With the African American community having the highest percentage of health issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure and other such ailments, Healthy Heritage Movement’s mission is to educate and empower Blacks through educational resources and advocacy for people to make the necessary lifestyle changes for healthier living.

The second of the 2010 spring series of Beauty Inside and Out Women’s Wellness Outreach Program takes place Monday, June 21st from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at LaJoyce Coiffures located at 1735 Spruce St. #C in Riverside. Attendees will walk away with pertinent information on the subject of Ovarian Cancer.

Health experts include Dr. Leita J. Harris, a woman’s self care and wellness coach who has over 15 years experience working in the field of obstetrics and gynecology and is currently a clinical professor at University of California Riverside. Dr. Harris enriches women with tools on how to value themselves by staying healthy, reducing stress and spiritual growth. She will also share invaluable information about certain cancer risk factors.

To make reservations call (951) 413-9362, or email hhwcmovement@yahoo.com.

Community Briefs

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Nation’s First 24-Hour Native American TV Channel

A $6 million donation by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians will allow San Bernardino-based KVCR Television to launch the nation’s first 24-hour Native American television channel, tribal leaders and the station announced today.

The Channel is a groundbreaking media initiative emphasizing the factual history, culture and current events of Native Americans and Alaskan Natives. Planned to reach the airwaves in spring 2011, this one-of-a-kind channel will tell the stories of indigenous North American peoples and is the result of an ongoing partnership between KVCR and San Manuel.

“We fully anticipate this unique channel to become a model for public-television programming across the country,” said, Larry R. Ciecalone, President of KVCR, a Public Broadcasting System affiliate.

“The commitment of the San Manuel tribe to informing audiences about the contributions and achievements of Native Americans in history and modern times is precedent setting.”

This is the first time a Native American tribe has taken the lead in using a powerful medium to plan, produce and communicate cultural, historical and contemporary messages to be told on a scale previously not possible, Ciecalone added.

“The power and influence for the good this channel will achieve cannot be overstated,” he said.

James Ramos, chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, said becoming a partner with KVCR supports the tribe’s mission of eradicating stereotypes that often stem from inaccurate depictions of American Indians in commercial television.

“Supporting this endeavor will help achieve that objective by allowing us to tell the story of Native Americans through themes and images that speak the truth and educate our audiences,” said Ramos, who also serves on the San Bernardino Community College District Board of Trustees, Ramos said the content will demonstrate the broad appeal and educational and entertainment potential of Native American filmmakers, actors and story tellers.

“We truly will represent the Native voices of America,” Ramos said.

Noted Native American actor Wes Studi, who earned accolades for his work in Academy Award-winning films such as “Dances with Wolves” and “The Last of the Mohicans,” praised KVCR and San Manuel for their vision and commitment.

“As the first TV channel of its kind, it will be in a unique position to expose viewers to the untold stories of Native Americans. The channel will be in a position to break stereotypes while preserving and celebrating our rich culture and collective history before a larger audience,” Studi said.

Establishing more outlets for Native American produced film and television is an important focus for Native American and filmmakers.

“There is a wealth of content produced by, and featuring Native American talent,” said Georgina Lightning, director of “Older than America,” an award winning motion picture of contemporary suspense that focuses on the lasting impacts of Indian boarding schools.

The Rodeo is Coming

Save the date for this year’s Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo scheduled for July 17th and July 18th. The ticket prices are as follows: $18 for Adult and $15 for Children on a first come first served basis.

Tickets can be purchased at The Black Voice News office, 4290 Brockton Avenue, Riverside. For more information, contact 951.682.6070.

Community Briefs

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SB Got Talent Features Youth

San Bernardino’s Got Talent Variety Show, featuring some of the city’s most entertaining young people, takes place 6 p.m. Saturday, June 19 at the Sturges Center for the Fine Arts, 780 North E Street.

Ticket prices are $7 if purchased online at www.sb200.org or $10 at the door.

Free Bulky Item Drop Off 6/12

On June 12, 2010, the City of Riverside Public Works Department is hosting a free expanded bulky item drop off and mulch pick up event for City residents. The event will be at the City Corporation Yard located at 8095 Lincoln Avenue, Riverside, California from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Proof of residency, such as your utility bill, will be required.

Acceptable bulky items include TVs, computers, mattresses, refrigerators, passenger tires (no rims please), and yard trimmings – basically anything that will not fit into your curbside container and is not hazardous.

For added convenience, the City is launching a new pilot program to collect all household batteries and fluorescent light bulbs. Fluorescent light bulbs include the standard fluorescent tube as well as the newer energy efficient Compact Fluorescent Lights “CFLs”.

With the overwhelming success of the March FREE garden mulch pick up, the City will once again be providing mulch. Mulch will be loaded directly into pickups or vehicles with trailers. Passenger cars or vans must bring containers or bags.

There are many benefits to using mulch for your landscaping and garden needs such as increasing soil’s organic content; reducing water usage; controlling soil erosion; suppressing weed growth; and building sound root structures.

“As more Riverside residents turn to home and community gardens, the City’s free mulch program benefits individuals, and the environment itself,” said Mayor Ron Loveridge.

Free mulch is also available at the Agua Mansa Transfer Station Scale House located at 1830 Agua Mansa Road, Riverside, California Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

If you have Hazardous Waste such as paint, oil, or pesticides, you can drop those items off on any non-holiday Saturday at the Riverside County Permanent HHW Collection Facility located at 1780 Agua Mansa Road, Riverside between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Visit www.rivesrideca.gov/CURE or call “311” for additional information.

DA Pacheco Names New Chief Assistant District Attorney

Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco has named William E. Mitchell as the new chief assistant district attorney, the No. 2 position in the office.

Mitchell, 53, will begin his new duties on Thursday, June 17, 2010. He was named to succeed Sue bSteding who is retiring after steadfastly serving in the Riverside County District Attorney’s office for 34 years. Her last day is June 15.

He and his wife Karen live in Riverside. His son Kevin attends Chapman Law School and his daughter Kasey will begin UCLA Law School in August. His stepdaughter Kasey is a court reporter doing freelance deposition work in Southern California.

Office of Economic Development Attends Groundbreaking for March LifeCare

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SACRAMENTO – Governor’s Office of Economic Development Director Joel Ayala today attended the groundbreaking of the March LifeCare campus in Riverside, California. The complex represents the largest private development project of its kind in the state of California and the Inland area.

March HealthCare Development, LLC is developing “March LifeCare” at an estimated total cost of $3.3 billion. The 6 million square foot 236 acres project is being developed on surplus land of the former March Air Force Base. Once it is completed, the complex will include a hospital, medical office buildings, skilled nursing and ambulatory care facilities, wellness centers, and other facilities with the goal of improving the quality of medical care.

“The March LifeCare health innovation project represents the future of healthcare and a significant investment for Riverside that will result in approximately 20,000 jobs,” said GoED Director Ayala. “This $3.3 billion project is the first-of-its kind in California and its impact on our region’s economy and the well-being of our residents will be profound.”

The Inland Empire’s population represents one of the fastest growing populations in both California and the United States. The Inland area also has the 10th largest population of veterans out all the counties in the country. The March LifeCARE campus will provide services to the underserved veteran population and others who don’t have adequate access.

“The March LifeCare project, is a once in a lifetime opportunity for these organizations to participate in the building of America’s Health & Wellness City on land that was formerly part of March AFB,” said Donald N. Ecker, Founder and Managing Director of March Healthcare Development and CEO Strategic Solutions.

Catholic Healthcare West and St. Bernardine Medical Center today announced that they have entered into a partnership with the Riverside Medical Clinic (RMC) and March HealthCare Development for the purpose of defining a new integrated health care delivery system on the March LifeCare Campus.

Focusing on the development of an Accountable Healthcare Organization (ACO), this delivery system will provide access to high quality, cost-effective care. “We plan to take full advantage of the opportunities offered under health care reform,” stated Steve Barron, President of St. Bernardine Medical Center. “For the first time, there is a true opportunity to align the incentives of hospitals and physicians, and that is a change we welcome,” Barron concluded.

According to the March HealthCare development team, the March LifeCare campus is expected to create over 5,000 construction jobs for the region in the first phase. The total number of jobs the project is expected to create includes 12,700 constructions jobs and 7,200 full-time health care and other related jobs.

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GoED) was launched by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to help stimulate and facilitate economic growth across the state. GoEd serves as a one-stop shop for business needs and can offer assistance, resources, and other tools to assist with the creation, expansion and retention of businesses. GoED’s mission is to make it easier to do business in the state.

 

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