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Black Health Equity Collaborative

The Black Health Equity Collaborative works to address health disparities and mobilize for health equity in the Long Beach community.

January is Blood Donor Month, so we would like to bring attention to the impact and importance of donating Blood! #DidYouKnow In the United States African Americans make up about 13% of the U.S. population but less than 3% are blood donors? #NowYouKnow #BHEHealthFacts The red cross is experiencing one of the worst blood shortages in over a decade, due to the COVID-19 pandemic which is posing as concerning risk to patient care. Donating blood can make a huge difference in the lives of patients with blood disease like sickle cell anemia which affect the African American population greatly. There is no blood donation waiting period for those who have received a flu shot or a Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine or booster, so long as they are symptom-free. Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control. Additional precautions – including face masks for donors and staff, regardless of vaccination status – have been implemented to help protect the health of all. You can can register for a local blood drive at redcross.org/give-blood today and make a huge difference!Swipe Right ➡️ for our health facts, information to find blood drives near you, and our references for this post!REFERENCEAfrican American Blood Donors: Red Cross Blood Services. Donate Blood, Platelets or Plasma. Give Life. (2022). Retrieved January 2022, from www.redcrossblood.org/donate-blood/blood-types/diversity/african-american-blood-donors.html #blackhealthequity #longbeach #longbeachca #longbeachcalifornia #bheclb #bhec #bhe #healthawareness #blooddonormonth #blooddonation ... See MoreSee Less
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Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a minister & activist who became the most visible spokesman during the civil rights movement. Today we celebrate him and his achievements! ... See MoreSee Less
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January is Glaucoma Awareness Month so we want to bring awareness to this condition and highlight some of risk factors and prevention strategies! Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that can gradually cause vision loss. Although the most common forms primarily affect the middle-aged and the elderly, glaucoma can affect people of all ages. Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in the United States and black individuals are disproportionately affected by it. Vision loss is caused by damage to the optic nerve, which is responsible for carrying images from the eye to the brain.There is no cure for glaucoma—yet. However, medication or surgery can slow or prevent further vision loss. The appropriate treatment depends upon the type of glaucoma among other factors. Early detection is VITAL to stopping the progress of the disease. SWIPE RIGHT➡️ for risk factors, prevention strategies, and our references. #glaucomaawareness #GlaucomaAwarenessMonth #blackhealthequity #longbeach #longbeachca #longbeachcalifornia #bheclb #bhec #bhe #healthawareness ... See MoreSee Less
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