Nurses Speak Out

Pending cuts to school district’s health services have nurses worried about caring for students A late wave of influenza cases in Onondaga County has revealed the strain that pending cuts could have on health services in the Syracuse Central School District. City school nurses already are stretched thin by a high number of chronically ailing children, many of whom depend solely ... Read More »

Are You A Match?

A local nonprofit strives to increase the number of bone marrow donors for African-Americans African-Americans face an increasing possibility of not finding a bone marrow tissue match — often the only cure for leukemia and other bloodrelated diseases — because of a low number of registered African-American donors. Read More »

A Helping Hand

Valley Worship Center food pantry is a portrait of hunger in Syracuse When Brenda Taylor thinks of the starving and the hungry, it’s not another country on the other side of the globe that comes to mind. She thinks of herself and her neighbors. Read More »

Fit Kids Clubs in Session

Syracuse Wellness Program Aims to Combat Childhood Obesity Funding was approved for the After School Expanded Fitness and Wellness Program, known as the Fit Kids Clubs, at the Common Council meeting last month. The program started Oct. 13 and will run through Dec. 17. The main focus of the program is to combat childhood obesity. Read More »

Preventing HPV

South Side health center can provide vaccine at little to no cost Waiting at the bus stop on the corner of South Salina Street and McKinley Avenue, Aries Williams plays the big sister role and chastises her little brother after he chases his football into the middle of a busy street. Aries, a 16-year-old junior, is headed home from her ... Read More »

Catholic Charities aims to Educate Hispanic Girls on Teen Pregnancy

Nationally, teenage pregnancy is declining, but in the Hispanic population, that decline is minimal Last spring, Conchita Mazorra bought a couple of prom dresses. Not for herself — at 68 years old, she’s eyeing retirement more than dances. Instead, Mazorra bought them for several of the young women in her Latinamigas program, a pregnancy prevention program run by Catholic Charities. Read More »

Former South Side Doctor Pens Book; Local Free Clinic Opening

Oddly enough, for the last nine years Syracuse’s traditional South Side didn’t have in its midst a medical practice to help take care of its population’s growing health needs. How did we allow this to happen? At the beginning of her book, Dr. Jennifer Daniels offers us some glimpses to help answer this issue, which, according to accounts published at ... Read More »

After losing sight, Donna Reese adapts and brings her message to others

Donna Reese said she used to have problems with both her night vision and her peripheral vision, but she didn’t think about it much. Then, one night, driving home from work, she found she had trouble seeing. Reese, former president of Syracuse’s chapter of the NAACP, blamed it on simply being tired. Read More »

Community Dialog Sparks Ideas for a Health-Based Approach to Drug Policy

A community dialog on local policy around drug use and related health issues, hosted by Syracuse University’s College of Human Ecology, in collaboration with the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM), the Drug Policy Alliance and Families Rally for Emancipation and Empowerment (FREE), was held Monday, Aug. 2, at Syracuse University’s Schine Student Center. Read More »

Diabetes Seminars

Health. Fitness. Eating habits. Diabetes. K. Bruce Simmons, internist at SUNY Upstate Medical University, discussed them all at the “Churches Against Diabetes” seminar hosted April 30 at the New Jerusalem Church of God in Christ, 1641 S. Salina St. The seminar was part of a rotation of community health seminars and discussions within local Syracuse churches provided by the Genesis ... Read More »