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NEWS BRIEFS

Experience the Culture at the Second Annual Pan African Festival of Oregon

Event will take place from 12 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. August 11 ...

Oregon Humane Society Photo Contest Now Open

Submissions for annual pet photo contest open until August 15 ...

Mark Christopher Lawrence to Perform at Harvey’s Comedy Club July 13-15

Former Big Mike of “Chuck” will perform at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7:30 Sunday ...

Dragon Fest 2018

Lions, dragons and breakdancers descend on Seattle’s Chinatown-International District for the Pacific Northwest’s largest...

Editorials from around Oregon

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers:_____Albany Democrat-Herald, July 18, on election reform:On Tuesday, President Donald Trump said he misspoke the previous day about whether he believed the assessment of his intelligence agencies, that Russia meddled with the 2016 elections.During a press...

Advancing wildfire prompts evacuations in Oregon

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has invoked an emergency order in response to a wildfire burning in two north-central counties and mandatory evacuations for dozens of households.The Emergency Conflagration Act announced early Wednesday allows the Oregon fire marshal to mobilize...

Advancing wildfire prompts evacuations in Oregon

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has invoked an emergency order in response to a wildfire burning in two north-central counties and mandatory evacuations for dozens of households.The Emergency Conflagration Act announced early Wednesday allows the Oregon fire marshal to mobilize...

Detectives investigate death of Spokane County Jail inmate

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Spokane County Sheriff's Office says detectives are investigating the death of an inmate at the county jail.The prisoner was found dead in a cell a little after 1 p.m. Tuesday. The death was discovered while inmates on that floor were being released from their cells...

OPINION

A Letter from America’s Children

American children struggling with poverty, violence and homelessness, deserve media coverage, too ...

Rep. Maxine Waters Takes Strong Stand for Fair Housing

Congresswoman Maxine Waters recently stepped up to file legislation designed to cure many of regressive ills pushed by Secretary Carson ...

10 Indoor Plants Every Pet Lover Must Have

Dr. Jasmine Streeter shares her tips on stress-busting plants ...

NAACP Statement on Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

NAACP opposes Kavanaugh's confirmation to the D.C. Circuit ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

South Africa, Obama mark Mandela centennial with charity

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africans along with former U.S. President Barack Obama were marking the centennial of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela's birth on Wednesday with acts of charity in a country still struggling with deep economic inequality 24 years after the end of white minority...

Texas executes man for 2004 slaying of store owner

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas prisoner was executed Tuesday evening for the fatal shooting of a San Antonio convenience store owner after courts turned down appeals that the state parole board improperly rejected the inmate's clemency request because he's black.Christopher Young, 34,...

The Latest: Texas executes man for 2004 store owner slaying

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the Texas execution (all times local):6:45 p.m.A 34-year-old Texas prisoner has been executed for the fatal shooting of a San Antonio convenience store owner during an attempted robbery nearly 14 years ago.Christopher Young received a lethal injection...

ENTERTAINMENT

Film Review: Denzel Washington kills in 'The Equalizer 2'

You won't usually find Denzel Washington in a movie sequel. He just doesn't do them. Something about not wanting to repeat himself. So there must be something special indeed for him to break his own rule for "The Equalizer 2."Fans of the first film will instantly know why Washington is drawn to the...

A Comic-Con without Marvel, HBO gives others a chance to pop

Over 130,000 pop culture devotees are descending on San Diego's Gaslamp District on Wednesday for the annual four-day comic book convention Comic-Con, the big, bright and very heavily branded confab of costumed superfans and the corporate sponsors vying for their attention — and...

Chris Christie to 'set record straight' in 'Let Me Finish'

NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Christie has a book coming out next year and he doesn't plan on holding back.Hachette Books confirmed to The Associated Press on Wednesday that the former New Jersey governor's "Let Me Finish: Trump, the Kushners, Bannon, New Jersey, and the Power of In-Your-Face...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

A Comic-Con without Marvel, HBO gives others a chance to pop

Over 130,000 pop culture devotees are descending on San Diego's Gaslamp District on Wednesday for the annual...

Done deal: Leonard goes to Raptors, DeRozan goes to Spurs

The Kawhi Leonard saga in San Antonio is finally over. So is DeMar DeRozan's time in Toronto.An NBA summer...

Trump: New Air Force One to get red, white and blue makeover

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says Air Force One is getting a patriotic makeover.Trump says the...

Nazi hunter slams right-wing singer at Croatia celebration

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — The Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Center has strongly criticized a far-right...

Australia succeeds in stopping migrants but many in limbo

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — When Abdul Aziz reached Australia's Christmas Island aboard a smuggler's boat in...

1st commercial flight from Ethiopia to ex-rival Eritrea

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Hailed as "the bird of peace," the first commercial flight from Ethiopia to former...

Special to the NNPA from the Washington Informer

The AMA Foundation and the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) have partnered to create a scholarship that will promote diversity in medicine, encourage commitment to eliminating health care disparities, and support future cardiologists, while helping to alleviate medical student debt.

The scholarship will be announced at "Saving Hearts for Generations," the fourth annual ABC awards dinner at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington on Sept. 28, 2013.

With generous support from founding donor Genita Evangelista Johnson, the Dr. Richard Allen Williams & Genita Evangelista Johnson/Association of Black Cardiologists Fund will provide tuition support to first- and second-year African American medical students with an expressed interest in cardiology.

"Because of high student debt and other inequities, we are facing what I call a 'diversity deficit' that must be addressed financially and educationally," said founding donor Genita Evangelista Johnson, an educator and business entrepreneur. "This is why I decided to use my resources to establish this scholarship fund."

Johnson made an initial commitment of $100,000, which will allow the fund to grant an annual $5,000 scholarship. When additional contributions bring the fund to $250,000, the scholarship will increase to $10,000. The goal is to grow the fund and to grant multiple scholarships.

"I hope my message of philanthropy is heeded by others, and that they will pledge money to enlarge this fund," Johnson said.

One in three black Americans will die from cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke. Only 3 percent of all cardiologists in the United States are African Americans, and the percentage of black Americans pursuing careers as physicians is dwindling. Experts warn that this trend could exacerbate health disparities and doctor shortages.

"Since I founded ABC four decades ago, I have witnessed the fact that the number of black cardiologists has not increased, despite an increased need for doctors to deal with cardiovascular disease, the nation's number one health problem," said Dr. Richard Allen Williams, a clinical professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles.

Physicians with racial and ethnic backgrounds that are similar to their patients provide culturally competent care and in turn, have higher patient-satisfaction rates. These physicians also are likely to provide care to underserved populations with higher rates of disease and less access to care.

One of the many barriers preventing an increase in the number of black doctors is the cost of going to medical school, which leaves 86 percent of young physicians with an average debt of $162,000. The purpose of this partnership is to build the pipeline for future black cardiovascular disease specialists through scholarship support.

"This disparity can best be addressed by recruiting more black medical students into careers in cardiology and by helping them to reduce their debt burden," said Williams, who is president and CEO of the Minority Health Institute, Inc. "This scholarship will target both aspects of the problem. In essence, it will help to bring the mandate of the ABC, to reduce and eliminate disparities in cardiovascular disease and to increase diversity, full circle."

"It is comforting to know that my charitable donation is a good investment in the effort to eliminate healthcare disparities in cardiovascular disease," Johnson said.

 

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