Health

Fort Wayne Youththeatre to present premier of ‘The Kid From Kokomo’

Fort Wayne Youththeatre to present premier of ‘The Kid From Kokomo’

| January 27, 2015

FORT WAYNE—Fort Wayne Youtheatre is scheduled to present an “original Youtheatre Premier” of local playwright Gregory Stieber’s “The Kid From Kokomo: The Ryan White Story,” Feb. 6 through Feb. 9 at Parkview Physician’s Arts Lab Black Box Theatre, at the Auer Center for Arts & Culture, 300 E. Main St. In 1985 Hoosier middle schooler […]

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Healthy Lifestyle Fitness Classes offered at Optimistics

| January 27, 2015

FORT WAYNE—Step Up To Fitness Studio is scheduled to present Healthy Lifestyle Fitness Classes from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 6.p.m. to 7 p.m., every Monday at the Optimistic Enterprises Building on corner of Oxford and Warsaw streets. The cost is $5 per class. For more information call (313) 434-6549 Step Up To Fitness Studio […]

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Louis W. Sullivan autobiography wins NAACP Image Award

Louis W. Sullivan autobiography wins NAACP Image Award

| January 20, 2015

ATLANTA—The autobiography of one of the nation’s most admired public health leaders has won an NAACP Image Award. Authored by Louis W. Sullivan, M.D. (with David Chanoff), and published by the University of Georgia Press, “Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine” chronicles Sullivan’s rise from a childhood in the Jim Crow South to become a […]

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Fort Wayne Black History Conversations: Dorothy Cole discusses earliest memories growing up in Benoit, Miss.

Fort Wayne Black History Conversations: Dorothy Cole discusses earliest memories growing up in Benoit, Miss.

| January 14, 2015

Overcoming the trauma of abuse ERIC HACKLEY: What are your earliest memories? DOROTHY COLE: I can remember my mom buying flour and cornmeal in 25-pound bags.  And, what they did was made me a cotton sack out of the flour bag. I wasn’t allowed to chop cotton, but I was picking cotton at the age of three. […]

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Peace will come with meeting food needs

| January 8, 2015

If we are going to spend billions every year on healthcare and food assistance programs, then we need to start investing more of that money into sustainable projects that are nearly free or can pay for themselves over time. Community farms on every block would boost every local economy in this country. I do not think […]

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VA invites veterans, families, public to Fort Wayne ‘Town Hall’

| January 6, 2015

FORT WAYNE—VA Northern Indiana Health Care System has scheduled “Town Hall” for Veterans, families and the public FOR 4 p.m., Jan. 12, in the auditorium of the Fort Wayne VA Campus, 2121 Lake Ave. The Town Hall meeting is design to give people an opportunity  to speak with key leaders of VA Northern Indiana Health […]

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Listen to the elders

Listen to the elders

| January 6, 2015

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. Oliver Manning, my patient, was short in stature but had a giant heart and mind. I took care of this wonderful man and his wife for many years. Before age took over his memory, he shared many instructive poems that I often heard him recite. As you read the following poem […]

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Take a pause with a black Santa Claus

Take a pause with a black Santa Claus

| December 24, 2014

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. While growing up, the only Santa Claus that I believed in was a fat, cheery, robust, white Santa. He was the one that I waited for to climb down the chimney and put a favorite toy under my tree. In fact, I was conditioned by the media that Christmas was […]

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A reason for a spiritual season

A reason for a spiritual season

| December 23, 2014

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. A few years ago, I took care of a beautiful, elderly, blind, African American woman who was cared for by a gentle, sweet, elderly white lady. No one could deny that this relationship was truly a spiritual one. In fact, I was so moved by their love and concern toward […]

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Sani (tation) Claus

Sani (tation) Claus

| December 22, 2014

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. I’m sure that during this holiday season, all of us will be eating foods that are prepared from other hands whether it be from relatives, coworkers, caterers and those in the restaurant business. Most folks are considerate in their preparation with hands that are sanitized. By the way, to make […]

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