Retired Congressman William L. “Bill” Clay submitted this piece in January 2020 in response to news reports that developer Paul McKee Jr. plans to use the name “Homer G. Phillips Hospital” for a new, small urgent-care clinic. “It is apparent that many in the St. Louis community are unfamilia…
Vaccines are effective and safe: The research that led to the development of the COVID-19 vaccine is not new. NIH scientists have been working on the technology used in the vaccine for many years. One of the scientists, Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, an African American viral immunologist, was a cen…
A St. Louis doctor is working with the National Institute of Health and CDC to complete COVID-19 vaccine trials and testing studies in local school districts.
The 2021 class of Betty Jean Kerr Scholarship recipients was recently honored during a ceremony at People's Lacy Clay Center for Children's Health.
“This is a second-rate facility,” Zenobia Thompson, former head nurse at Homer G. Phillips Hospital said of the new clinic bearing that name in north St. Louis during a panel discussion at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine on Wednesday.
Cheryl Walker, a retired real estate investor and financial specialist, wasn’t particularly concerned about the coronavirus as she prepared for her 10-day vacation to Elmina, Ghana. She had been planning the trip since March and did the necessary research. Walker knew that Ghana is one of th…
At a reproductive rights rally on the steps of the Old Courthouse Thursday, Congresswoman Cori Bush told a story she had never shared publicly before: the story of a young girl in St. Louis who became pregnant before she was ready, and was ostracized by loved ones after choosing to pursue an…
Pamela Merritt has been wrestling with feelings of unfairness lately. Her older brother, William (Bill) Edward Merritt III, 51, passed away from COVID-19 last month. The unfair part about “Bill’s” passing, Pamela laments, is that he had already suffered so much.
Brandon Ford, 23, isn’t sure why the unmasked customer targeted him for a lesson on how the COVID vaccines have devastating impacts on black people.
After a lengthy legislative and legal battle, around 230,000 additional Missourians are now eligible for the state’s Medicaid program, Mo HealthNet.
An $80 million long-term investment in North St. Louis from Ponce Health Sciences University (PHSU) aims to prepare physicians to work in underserved communities and address chronic healthcare disparities in St Louis and around the country.
Monica Witherspoon, 36, is living proof that an organ donor can help save someone’s life. In her case, the recipient is her mother, 63-year-old Marilyn Witherspoon.
A network of community health centers in North St. Louis County is fighting a different kind of pandemic, one against opiates.
Christian Hospital has been recognized as a 2021-22 High Performing Hospital by U.S. News & World Report.It is honored in Gastroenterology and GI Surgery Specialty, and five common procedures and conditions: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Diabetes, Heart Attack, Heart Fail…
COVID-19 vaccine uptake among African American populations continues to lag in at least 40 states, according to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation Vaccine Monitor report.
Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis plan to build a nine-story outpatient cancer care facility on the Washington University Medical Campus. It is scheduled to open in summer 2024.
A significant challenge in developing therapy and care for Alzheimer’s disease that work for people of different ethnic and racial backgrounds is recruitment and retention of traditionally underrepresented groups in clinical trials.
With the number of new cases and high infection rates with low vaccination rates, public health entities are considering administering a booster shot to vulnerable populations.
Seven-time Olympic medalist Simone Biles withdrew from the women’s team final for mental health reasons in addition to having the “twisties,” which is when one loses control of their body in the air while performing an acrobat move. Her withdrawal was highly criticized online.
State Rep. Rasheen Aldridge (D, 78th District) is demanding that Gov. Mike Parson call a special legislative session to provide funding to nearly 300,000 Missourians who are now covered under Medicaid.
The COVID-19 Delta variant firmly established itself in rural Missouri and is now infecting thousands throughout the state, including St. Louis city and county. As of late July, nearly 30% of COVID-positive swabs were linked to the Delta variant, according to local health officials.
Over the past year, the coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc upon Black communities nationwide and most African Americans know someone who has succumbed to it.
The St. Louis American Foundation's 21st Annual Salute to Excellence in Health Care Awards aired as a free virtual event on Thursday, July 29.
As a mask mandate is reinstituted across St. Louis and St. Louis County, local colleges and universities are nearing opening for the fall semester. They are taking drastically different paths when it comes to COVID mitigation for students and faculty.
“It was a disturbing experience because as a public official you go in prepared to answer questions from council members pertaining to public safety and public health,” St. Louis County Director of Public Health Dr. Faisal Khan said.
Jerome Williams, Jr., officially retired from Williams Medical Practice at 3409 North Union Blvd just over a month ago. For 60 years, Williams carried on the three generational family legacy of Black doctors who served the health care needs of St. Louis’ citizens.
More than 39% of Black children in Missouri are impoverished, which leads to more health problems and lack of healthcare access, according to a study by the United Health Foundation.
The number of coronavirus cases in the city of St. Louis on Tuesday was 38 percent higher than a week earlier and Black residents comprise 80 percent of new coronavirus cases since May.
A new era in north St. Louis County health care began on Tuesday with a blessing and ribbon cutting at the Mercy Clinic Primary Care and Women’s Health facility in Ferguson. The first day of patient care will be Monday.
One of my favorite parts of primary care is women’s health. Contraception, cancer prevention and sexual health and wellness are all important subjects I cover with my female patients. However, the subject that elicits the most conversation and distress is that of fibroids.
Sickle Cell Disease occurs in about one out of every 365 Black child births, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis unveiled a public education campaign focusing on vaccine hesitancy in the African American community on Tuesday, June 6.
YWCA Early Head Start’s pregnant women services will receive a resource boost through a $75,000 grant from Healthy Blue. It can be allocated for assistance with rent or utility bills, food, formula, clothing and essential baby items.
“Let’s see; there’s ‘Vaccine Equity & Action.’ Another campaign is called, ‘Get the Facts!,’ said Christopher Ave.
When two St. Louis Blues hockey players were sidelined because of covid-19 just days before this year’s NHL playoffs, the team said young defenseman Jake Walman had been vaccinated against the deadly illness. But it was mum about the vaccination status of a more well-known player: star forwa…
Rodney L. Heard joined the St. Louis Fire Department in 1999 and quickly earned respect, even reverence, from his fellow firefighters. He spent many years working with Gregg Favre on Truck 14-A in midtown St. Louis.