African American Medical Study recruiting

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  • African American parents may join this research study about culture and parenting practices and receive a $25 Gift Card for participating. You might be eligible if you identify as African-American (Black American) and you have a child between the ages of 4 and 12.

  • African-American women are needed to participate in this research study exploring depression and involvement in the Pentecostal Church.

    Dawn is looking for African-American women age 20 or older who regularly attend or have attended a Pentecostal church and live or work in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Your participation is completely voluntary and confidential.

    View this project brochure.
    Contact Dawn Davis (413) 233-7195 and by email

  • The Tufts University Department of Occupational Therapy is enrolling participants for its Social Self-Management of Parkinson's Disease longitudinal survey. You'll give comments about how you are doing with Parkinson's Disease over time.
    Learn more about it. Up to $350 in compensation for the patient and/or care-giver is available.

  • McLean Hospital wants you to consider joining a study that examines the effectiveness of internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy for improving depressive symptoms, coping skills, and brain function in people with depression. Go here for more info. $500 compensation is available.

  • Opinions of Black Women wanted - be a paid volunteer
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    Volunteer for group discussion with a Tufts University researcher. African American women aged 18 and older are eligible. A $50 gift certificate will be provided for your time. Your input will help Tufts researchers develop better ways to help black men prevent cancer. Call Amanda (617) 627-4276 or write to to join..

  • THE GABBY STUDY seeks opinions from black women
    The GABBY STUDY seeks African American women volunteers aged 18-34 for testing an online web based software screen with Boston University Medical Center researchers, that addresses preconception care and women's health. $50 to $100 gift certificates are provided for your time.
    Application Deadline: Open Enrollment

    Application Requirements: Must be 18-34, African American and not currently pregnantMore Info: E-mail or call (857) 293-9874 to join.

  • Partners/MGH offers compensation (up to $1,050) when you are selected to join a skin-aging study for African American women in certain age groups.

  • Tufts University is seeking African-American, Hispanic and Latino children ages 8-15 for to volunteer and help improve dyslexia tests. Participants will visit Tufts University to take school like tests. Compensation per child will be provided. Read this info and consider if your children are able to help.

  • Tufts Genes Reading Dyslexia StudyMassachusetts leads the nation in the number of active physicians per capita, with 5.7 physicians per 1,000 residents. ( The Kaiser Family Foundation, 2011).

    Asthma - Professionals at Children's Hospital and Partners Asthma Research Center are on the case, addressing issues in the homes of children with asthma in Roxbury and Dudley Square area.

    Partners Mass General Hospital Skin Aging StudyBoston is home to 12 world-renowned teaching hospitals and 26 comprehensive health centers -- many within Black communities.

    Black Doctors in BostonBlack doctors are being tracked. In 2011, 87 Black graduates of Howard University applied to medical school. And, Xavier University in New Orleans had 68 Black graduates who applied to U.S. medical schools according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. These schools were the leading suppliers of US black doctor talent but you can see there's not that many of us entering the grid, no matter what Shonda Rhimes wants you to believe about her Grey's Anatomy TV show.

    Software that locates a black doctor isn't needed in Boston. That's because each Black Boston neighborhood has clinics located at gateway positions. In Roxbury, there's the Whittier Street Health Center, 1125 Tremont St, Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120, (617) 427-1000.

    Dorchester and Jamaica Plain residents can count on the stable Harvard Health Care Clinic at the intersection of Franklin Park, Blue Hill Avenue and Columbia Road. Codman Square has the Codman Square Health Center, Mattpan has the Mattapan Community Health Clinic - the newest of them all. Uprahms Corner is ready for you and the Fenway has recently been the lucky recipient of BRA endowed treats and has a brand new health clinic facility. Jamaica Plain has one if not more than one.Black Doctors and black babies

    Black Doctors turn up everywhere there's a stethoscope in Boston. Look around Massachusetts General Hospital, the Brighams and Women's, Children's Hospital, Boston Medical Center, Tufts .. and on and on. You'll see a very diverse administrative staff and yes, they will be a few black doctors practicing in those environoments but a majority of physicians of color work in neighborhood clinics, most likely.

    But, you don't need a black doctor in Boston to get quality health care. You don't, so be open to who cares and think less about their colors.

    There are far more technical founders of color starting web based internet companies than there are and may ever be entering med schools. Software is eating the world. mHealth apps rein supreme. The electronc wristband has emerged as the most practical wearable monitor and AfroYoga and yoga studios are the rage. With ObamaCare in place, we best be taking care of ourselves and we can.

    Neighborhood Health Clinics in Black Boston

    "Black residents in Boston face health inequities in almost all health conditions" were key findings of the State of Black Boston 2011 which was authored by the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts.

    Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center is certified as a "Provider of the underserved" by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is located in a federally designated "Empowerment Zone," aka, Blue Hill Avenue across from the Franklin Park Zoo and the William J. Devine Golf Course and Club House. We know a black dude who hadn't had a physical in 40 years before he went in there and was well taken care of.

    Mattapan Community Health Center (MCHC) has a brand new building and a financially secure lease contract with a CVS Pharmacy. MCHC serves primarily Black/African Americans, and Caribbean Immigrants, managing more than 7,000 individuals annually through 26,000 visits.

    Whittier Street Health Center (WSHC) moved to its new location on Tremont street in Roxbury. It was stated somewhere that WSHC attained the highest rate of black male primary care returns in the area. Every Wednesday Evening: 5:30 - 6:30 PM, WSHC has a Men’s Health Education & Intervention meeing in the Meeting Room. Contact Dalton Skerritt at (617) 989-3028 for more information.

    In Recent News

    kidney related
    Touch 106 FM had a kidney specialist on the TMS show. During the broadcast it was stated that there are 5,000 people in Massachusetts who have End Stage Renal Failure and 2,270 were awaiting a kidney transplant in the year 2011.

    NxSTAGE-a Waltham-based manufacturer of home kidney dialysis machines is experiencing fast growth. It was named the 10th fastest growing company in the nation by industry analyst and word is that they are giving Fresnius and Davita, the German and Warren Buffet owned kidney dialysis treatment facilities in Massachusetts - some competition. NxSTage is planning to open local kidney dialysis centers because demand for home dialysis is growing in leaps and bounds. NxStage provides the machines and supplies. It competes against BAXTER in the ancillary supply business. The Boston Business Journal has reported that NxStage hired 200 extra employees last year and plans to increase hiring worldwide through 2014 and 2015.

    Hypertension and Diabetes is causing more and more Americans to suffer from Kidney disease. Predicting a 22% increase in diagnosed patients going forward, its evident that too many people are simply not getting to the doctor earlier enough to prevent kidney failure.

    Multiple Myeloma
    Recently, the cancer drug VELCADE, a popular prescribed component in the RVD regime ( Revilmid, Velcade, Dexamethasone ) applied to multiple myeloma patients, scored a big win. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved VELCADE® (bortezomib) for the retreatment of adult patients with multiple myeloma (MM) who had previously responded to VELCADE therapy and relapsed at least six months following completion of prior VELCADE treatment. The labeling update includes dosing guidelines as well as safety and efficacy findings for the use of VELCADE as a single agent or VELCADE in combination with dexamethasone in patients previously treated with VELCADE.
    see full article.

    Publisher's note: this branded web site accepts articles about interesting medical topics. In addition to having a Wordpress blog where they can go and feed the @blackboston Twitter channel, this web site will re-publish articles about black people and health.

    Send your idea to with the subject: "article submission." I look forward to receiving it. Thank you.
    note posted August 13, 2014.

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