City Hosts Town Hall on Safety

Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan and Assistant City Manager Nathaniel “Trey” Davis listen to the concerns of some city business owners during a recent meeting. Photo by Joe Daniels/Carolina Peacemaker. In an effort to curb violent crime in Greensboro, city leaders have drafted a proposed ordinance that would place responsibility on business owners. A town hall was held on Monday, July 26 at Barber Park Event Center on the proposal to receive public comment. City officials said this discussion has been going on for months and is something that was needed. “This is a Phase I of the safety plan. It’s possible that council could adopt a resolution outlining this policy, which is what these conversations are for. This helps us put a policy and plan in place,” said Mayor Nancy Vaughan. The three-page draft proposal is aimed to prevent violent crime at places …

Black and Latinx adults face greatest financial challenges from chronic lack of affordable health care

More than half (55 percent) of Black and nearly half (44 percent) of Latinx/Hispanic adults said they had medical bill problems and debt, compared to one-third (32 percent) of White adults. According to results from a new Commonwealth Fund survey, Americans who have suffered the most during the COVID-19 pandemic are also the most likely saddled with medical bill problems and debt. The Commonwealth Fund, a foundation that promotes a high-performing health care system that achieves better access and improved quality, noted that adults ages 19 to 64 contracted the virus, lost income, or lost their job-based health insurance coverage. Those individuals also reported higher rates of medical bills and debt problems than people not affected by the pandemic in those ways. Researchers found those who lost income experienced medical bill problems at the highest rates, especially those who also tested positive or became sick …

Beware of tick season

Be sure to check yourself and your family members for ticks after spending time outdoors. Two ticks to be aware of are the deer tick (left) and the Rocky Mountain wood tick (right). The foggy glass of COVID-19 occupies so much of our lives. It takes up all the air in the room. We saw less cases of flu during the fall and winter due to the wearing of masks. We are now in the midst of summer in the south and little to no attention has been given to the subject of ticks, specifically, the Rocky Mountain wood tick and its respective bites. Nor have we heard many people complain about the ticks that bring Lyme disease (deer ticks) our way. So, why might that be? No self-respecting tick would give a hoot about a mask. So, that cannot be the reason. People …

LeBauer Park Splash Pad

A good way for families to beat the heat this summer is by taking a dip at some of Greensboro’s splash pads and pools. Kids cooled down at the Warnersville Recreation Center pool and jumped in the dancing fountains at Barber Park’s splash pad this weekend. The City of Greensboro’s Parks and Rec. Department opened most of the public pool facilities in May. Guests are still encouraged to follow COVID-19 social distancing guidelines when possible. Eve Moseko buckles up her life vest and dons goggles before taking a dip at the Warnersville pool with family members. Photo by Joe Daniels/Carolina Peacemaker.Eve Moseko buckles up her life vest and dons goggles before taking a dip at the Warnersville pool with family members. Photo by Joe Daniels/Carolina Peacemaker.Jaman Smith reacts to the cold water at Barber Park. He is the one-year old son of Johnice Hurdle and Latifah Smith …

The Guilford County Division of Public Health’s COVID-19 vaccination community clinic schedule

High Point, N.C.: Upcoming community clinics will take place on the following dates and locations: Saturday, July 10, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Turner’s Chapel AME Church (7615 Florence Drive. High Point, N.C. 27265) Saturday, July 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Gethsemane Baptist Church (401 Wise Avenue High Point, N.C. 27260) Greensboro, N.C.: Thursday, July 15, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Doris Henderson Newcomer’s School (411 Friendway Drive, Greensboro, N.C. 27410) Appointments may be scheduled: To stay updated on community vaccine clinics in Guilford County: Online at www.GuilfordVaccination.com By Phone at (336) 641-7944 Walk- in appointments are also available however pre-registration is strongly encouraged to ensure the availability of a dose. There will be a limited amount of vaccines available for walk-ins. Subscribe to text message alerts by texting GC19 to 888-777 (GC19S to 888-777 …

Fun Fourth in Downtown Greensboro

Greensboro’s Fun Fourth Freedom Fest made its way back to downtown Greensboro this past Fourth of July weekend. The annual Independence Day celebration, which was canceled last year due to the pandemic, looked a slightly different this year. The Fun Fourth Freedom Run that included a 10K race, 5K race and 1-mile Fun Run was still held in the morning. Organized by Greensboro Downtown, Inc., the downtown business group, the festival began at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 3. Three stages were set up that included a variety of music genres from gospel, folk, go-go and more. While the celebration usually hosts more than 100 vendors, this year no street vendors were allowed in order to comply with COVID-19 social distancing guidelines. Other festivities included a Dunk A Celebrity tank, a mechanical bull and a free COVID Vaccination Clinic. The finale on Saturday night ended with a laser …

Threatening emails to GCS Board of Education

The Guilford County Board of Education has received threatening emails over the last two weeks, filled with racial slurs and derogatory language. The messages were sent through the school district’s “Let’s Talk” messaging program, which allows the public to send comments directly to district leadership. Some of the emails, which are now public, called the board members, “single-cat ladies” and called for Guilford County Schools (GCS) Superintendent Dr. Sharon Contreras’ termination. One of the messages was attributed to an email address that included a reference to the Proud Boys, the far-right group whose members have been associated with both the 2017 White supremacist torch-bearing rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol attack. It was followed by another email that suggested that Guilford County Schools create a ‘Thank You White People Day,’ in order to “celebrate their enormous generosity,” because, “They allowed millions of poor non-White immigrants (expensive) …

Vaccine hesitancy often rooted in medical mistrust

Many patients do not understand that the science behind the development of COVID-19 vaccines is not new technology. It took years to develop and has been successfully utilized worldwide when needed. I recently had the privilege of participating on a panel with a fellow physician to discuss the topic of medical mistrust. This pertinent topic required that we discern the reasons why people are unwilling to consider standard medical care such as getting their COVID-19 vaccination. It could be said that there will always be those who will buck a prevailing trend, even if it’s scientifically sound. For these people it does not matter what is said or what medical research discovers. They belong to a group of people, who will turn left when the rest of the world turns right. That is just their nature. Some people simply do not trust information researched and …

Biden on vaccinations: ‘Just do it’

Dr. Rasheeda Monroe, medical director at Primary Care Pediatrics at WakeMed, listens with North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper as President Joe Biden visits a mobile vaccination unit at the Green Road Community Center in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, June 24, 2021. Photo courtesy White House Press Pool. RALEIGH – Air Force One landed at Raleigh-Durham International Airport at 3:45 p.m. President Biden was greeted by North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan on the tarmac. His motorcade then went on to the Green Road Community Center in north Raleigh in which he arrived at 4:24 p.m. Excited supporters lined the streets to welcome the president’s arrival to Raleigh. High officials and local dignitaries were in attendance Thursday afternoon to hear the president expound on the importance of the COVID-19 vaccine. Pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church and Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, …

Men’s Health Symposium focuses on equal access and safe spaces

On June 10, the NAACP hosted a virtual town hall meeting, focusing on the topic of men’s health in the African American community. This timely discussion, which was moderated by radio personality, Joe Clair, included panelists, Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP; African American medical professionals, Dr. Cameron Webb, Dr. Robert Drummond and Dr. Myron Rolle. Also added to the roster was the actor and mental health advocate, Kofi Siriboe, who is most known for his role in the television series, “Queen Sugar”. Opening the floor for discussion, President Johnson expressed, “Oftentimes we talk about the segmentation of healthcare based on race, but very rarely do we go as specific as talk[ing] about Black men’s health.” He further noted, “Many of us…don’t take care of ourselves, whether it’s physical health, mental health or spiritual health.” Johnson’s opening remarks led the panelists into an informative and “real” dialogue specifically …