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PHEN’s 12th Annual African American Prostate Cancer - Disparity Summit to take place September 15-16, 2016, on Capitol Hill and Washington Convention Center

(Boston, MA)—August 15, 2016—The Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN) will host its Twelfth Annual “African American Prostate Cancer Disparity Summit,” on Thursday, September 15th, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., at the United States Capitol Visitors Center, (Room HVC 201AB) and on Friday, September 16th, at the Washington Convention Center (801 MT. Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC 20004, Room 144C), as part of the Congressional Black Caucus’s (CBC) 16th Annual Legislative Conference, from 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. This year’s Summit will include the sessions: Prostate Cancer Early Detection PSA Testing – The Next Chapter; Increasing African American Participation in Prostate Cancer Clinical Trials; and Meeting the Challenges of Educating and Mobilizing Black Communities on Prostate Cancer Issues.

African American men suffer the nation’s largest prostate cancer burden with incidence and mortality rates 60% and 150% higher than all other men. Now in its twelfth year, The African American Prostate Cancer Disparity Summit convenes prostate cancer survivors and leaders within medicine, research, government industry, as well as the community, to address policy and medical issues towards eliminating this racial disparity.


African Americans, Hispanics face greater risk of heart failure

DALLAS, Feb. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — More than 915,000 Americans will be diagnosed with heart failure this year, according to the recently published American Heart Association 2016 Statistical Update.

Heart failure, a chronic, progressive condition in which the heart can’t pump blood efficiently to meet the body’s needs, is one of the most common heart diseases in the United States. In the next 15 years, the number of people living with the condition is expected to increase substantially – from 5.7 million to nearly 8 million by 2030 – and treatment costs will nearly double.

The statistics for minorities are even more startling. Studies show heart failure disproportionately affects African Americans, with incidences roughly double that of whites. This population is also at greater risk of developing the condition at younger ages and dying from it.

Hispanics have the second-highest risk of developing heart failure and are more likely to be younger, have diabetes or high blood pressure and be overweight/obese. Studies also show Hispanics with heart failure have higher rates of hospitalizations and readmissions for heart failure.

Numerous studies point to higher rates of modifiable risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity as the reason these groups are more likely to have heart failure.

Education is crucial because people of all races aren’t aware of heart failure symptoms or risk factors. And those who suffer from the condition, may not realize they have it.

“These statistics highlight the need for all Americans to get an annual checkup, and especially for minority populations—who are at higher risk—to start in early adulthood to check blood pressure,” said Mariell Jessup, M.D., a former president of the American Heart Association and a cardiologist at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. “Heart failure is preventable and treatable. Data shows that if we can control blood pressure, we may prevent heart failure. This specifically has the potential to reduce the incidence of heart failure in minority populations.”

Jessup’s advice resonates with twins Kimberly Ketter and Shaun Rivers, of Richmond, Va.

The sisters, both nurses and African American, ignored early warning signs and got their heart failure diagnoses one week apart at the age of 40 in 2009. The diagnosis was particularly surprising, because they did not have the typical risk factors. While their heart failure stemmed from a genetic condition, they now understand the importance of tuning into the body’s warning signals, living a healthy lifestyle and seeing a doctor regularly.

They join a newly established team of American Heart Association Heart Failure Patient Ambassadors through the Rise Above Heart Failure initiative. The group works to increase awareness and understanding of heart failure, sharing personal experiences and helpful resources.

Additionally, Kim and Shaun share their story in hopes of saving the lives of fellow parishioners at The Saint Paul’s Baptist Church, leading the American Heart Association’s EmPowered To Serve™ initiative they’ve established there. EmPowered To Serve is a national strategic initiative partnering with faith-based and other organizations serving minority populations to improve health outcomes in underserved communities

“It all boils down to access to care and education,” said Rivers, Advanced Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist. “We need to go out and educate in schools and churches — where the people are. It’s going to take a whole lot of effort from a whole lot of people to create change on a larger scale.”

Another simple piece of advice they offer: Don’t ignore signals from your body — or from your lineage.

“Many people don’t talk about their health concerns, but knowing your family history is key,” said Ketter, a nurse practitioner. “I tell people to do a family tree. You could be genetically predisposed to high blood pressure, diabetes or heart disease. Education is a huge first step. If people know they are at risk, they can start tackling the problem early.”

The American Heart Association launched the Rise Above Heart Failure initiative last year to increase the dialogue about the condition, empower patients to take a more active role in their care, and encourage small changes that can lead to healthier lifestyles and better disease management to help keep patients out of the hospital. Rise Above Heart Failure is nationally supported by Novartis Pharmaceutical Corp.

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association receives funding mostly from individuals. Foundations and corporations donate as well, and fund specific programs and events. Strict policies are enforced to prevent these relationships from influencing the association’s science content. Financial information for the American Heart Association, including a list of contributions from pharmaceutical companies and device manufacturers, is available at

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Wrong Choices Take Team from Glory to Disaster in New Film

WASHINGTON — It is one of the most storied, yet tragic tales of Texas high school football history, perhaps all of high school football.

In 1988, the David W. Carter High School football team in Dallas seemed a story of success and boundless promise, the stuff of legend. It was the Texas 5A state champion, rated one of the best teams in the nation and possibly the best ever in Texas history. It was chocked with talent, including one player who would eventually become a five-time pro bowler in the NFL.

Bad youthful decisions, however, derailed the team’s legacy, brought shame to the school and its players’ community and landed five of the team members behind bars for armed robbery, including its star player.

It is that part of the story that writer and producer Arthur Muhammad said he is trying to drive home in his new movie, “Carter High,” which screened at Howard University recently and opens in theaters nationwide Nov. 13.

“I want to help these youngsters make better choices,” said Muhammad, 44, who played wide receiver on the team and consequently knows the story intimately.

Muhammad said he made the film with the hope that current African-American youth will be deterred from the mindset of popular culture and Hollywood by watching a true, non-glorified story where wrong decision could change their lives forever.

In 1988, the Carter High Cowboys were considered the best football team in Texas high school football history, but it had its flaws. As Muhammad tells the story in the film, five of the players were irresponsible teenagers who often got themselves into trouble. They started food fights, gambled excessively and generally had disregard for the rules and others.

On the field, however, they were special, with their self-acclaimed “11 Man Posse” defense. Their victory over the Permian High School Panthers on the way to the state championship was depicted in the 2004 film Friday Night Lights.

Just days after they claimed the state championship, however, things began to unravel. Six of the players were accused of 21 armed robberies. Five were found guilty.

Upon sentencing, District Judge Joe Kendall told the teenagers that they had committed “more armed robberies than Bonnie and Clyde did in their lifetime.”

The “totally unnecessary” sentences that the teenagers received was another theme that Muhammad said he wanted to drive home, the unequal treatment African American boys receive from the criminal justice system.

Derric Evans was sentenced to four 20-year concurrent terms; Gary Edwards to three 16-year concurrent terms in state prison; Keith Campbell to four 25-year concurrent terms; Carlos Allen to three 13-year concurrent terms, and P.K. Williams to three 14-year concurrent terms.

The harsh sentences registered with the Howard students, many of them still teenagers.

“The court scene was so emotional for me,” said Howard student Gerald Doe of Ridgeland, S.C. “It was so touching and just a really great scene.”

Today, because of the bad decisions that the players made, there is no record of one of the most talented Texas high school teams ever assembled, no evidence of its dominance. The state title was stripped in January 1991, the trophy returned and the record book revised.

It’s all gone because of youthful indiscretion, Muhammad noted.

At the end of the movie, former Carter players Campbell, Williams and Evans were shown giving advice to the youth to always make good choices. After seven and a half years, all five players were released.

Ashley Blake of Washington, was one of the many viewers who said they liked the film.

“It was a very influential movie,” Blake, 25, said. “If young African American men could see this movie, it would definitely be effective. The timing is perfect and the message is great.”

Muhammad said so far, the film has gotten good reaction. Most importantly, it is having an impact on the people he most wanted to reach.

“We just released the movie in Dallas, and the feedback has been tremendous from young people,” he said. “They said the movie has helped change their lives. And that’s the point we want to make. That you can choose your destiny based on the choices that you make.”

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