2017 NEPO Conference honoring Dr. C. Freeman



The 2017 Building Healthy Communities Summit was held this past October at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim. We are proud to have been able to bring together health providers, community leaders, health advocates, and medical students from across California to share ideas in working to improve efforts to reduce health disparities and increase access to care.

This year’s Summit offered sessions on caring for the undocumented population, pediatric mental wellness, and prioritizing diversity and inclusion. Featured speakers included: Dr. Robert K. Ross, President and Chief Executive Officer at The California Endowment; Senator Ricardo Lara; and Dr. Cara V. James, Director of the Office of Minority Health at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Congratulations to the 2017 NEPO Leadership Honorees:
Ethnic Physician Leadership – Dr. C. Freeman

Outstanding Ethnic Physician Organization – Golden State Medical Association


Healthier Traditions Soul Food Cook Book

Let’s Get Cooking! Start the New Year Right with a Free Healthy Soul Food Cookbook


Joint Project Between Transamerica Center for Health Studies and Association of Black Women Physicians Promotes Healthier Eating


LOS ANGELES – January 10, 2018 – The Healthier Traditions Cookbook: Soul Food, a healthy twist on traditional Southern dishes, features 17 classic recipes and is available for complimentary download today. The cookbook, a collaboration of Transamerica Center for Health Studies® (TCHS) with the Association of Black Women Physicians (ABWP), helps promote making simple ingredient substitutions to classic Southern dishes that increase nutritional value while keeping the soulful heartiness of favorite southern dishes. Each recipe was adapted and tested by two nutritionists to ensure an increase in nutritional value and decrease in caloric value.


Recipes in the cookbook include Red Beans and Rice, Gumbo, Pan-fried Catfish, Smothered Pork Chops, and, leaving room for dessert, classics like Peach Cobbler. Each recipe includes a breakdown of the calories, fat, cholesterol, sodium, carbohydrate, fiber and protein content of the dish. In addition, how-to videos that highlight the preparation of some of the dishes are available on TCHS’s website and YouTube channel.


“This is the third cookbook we have prepared and, consistent with our values, these recipes identify easy steps people can take to improve health and wellness in their day-to-day lives,” said Hector De La Torre, executive director of TCHS. “We have maintained the integrity of the dish while making healthier versions. For example, we had nutritionists make simple substitutions like swapping out regular flour for whole wheat flour in cornbread, and replacing bacon while keeping the smoky flavor with paprika in collard greens.”


With many people starting New Year’s resolutions and others trying to maintain a healthier lifestyle, finding recipes that are both nutritious and flavorful can help to empower positive choices. Soul Food and Southern cuisine have a history as rich as their flavors, and this cookbook includes interesting facts about Soul Food history, in addition to helpful nutrition facts.


“Our patients are always asking for ways to eat healthier, and this cookbook was a great way to highlight the health benefits of certain foods,” said Sherril Rieux, M.D., from the Association of Black Women Physicians. “For example, red beans are high in fiber, which is good for both heart and gut health, while black-eyed peas are high in folate, a vitamin that aids in cell production. The calcium in a serving of collard greens also contains a quarter of the recommended daily allotment.”


The Healthier Traditions cookbook complements other ABWP initiatives like its wellness workshops, which are organized, implemented and facilitated by physician volunteers. The series


is offered in community forums to educate families about diabetes, hypertension, asthma, HIV/AIDS, obesity, and general health and wellness issues. These workshops serve as a bridge between health providers to empower individuals to be more active participants in their own health care. TCHS and ABWP remain committed to empowering consumers to achieve the best outcomes in their personal health and wellness. Please visit our website to download this cookbook for free and browse our previous cookbooks, American Classic and Traditional Mexican.


ABOUT TRANSAMERICA CENTER FOR HEALTH STUDIES® Transamerica Center for Health Studies ® (TCHS) is a division of Transamerica Institute, ® a national non-profit, private foundation. TCHS informs the national healthcare conversation by bringing clarity to the complex decision-making regarding health coverage and personal health and wellness. TCHS is focused on empowering consumers and employers so that they can achieve the best value and protection from their health coverage, as well as the best outcomes in their personal health and wellness.


ABOUT THE ASSOCIATION OF BLACK WOMEN PHYSICIANS The Association of Black Women Physicians (ABWP) is an organized network of African-American women physicians committed to the improvement of public health and welfare, through the advancement of knowledge concerning women and community health. ABWP is a nonprofit organization supporting projects that improve the health and wellness concerns of traditionally under-served communities and assisting in eliminating health disparities. ABWP also endeavors to enhance the personal and professional quality of life for present and future African-American women physicians.


Please click the link below for the entire cookbook in PDF format



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Dr. La Tanya R. Hines Plans On Making A Difference At Kaiser Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw



By Brian W. Carter, Staff Writer

Published September 14, 2017

Kaiser Permanente (KP) Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw Medical opened Thursday, September 7, to the community. The new facility in the heart of South L.A. is a step forward toward bringing easy access to healthcare in an area with specific needs.  Hines, M.D., OB/GYN is about bringing those specific needs to the community.

“I am a California native, born and raised in South Central Los Angeles,” said Hines, “born and raised on 45th and Western, so I’m right down the street.” She remembers that this new facility sits on what used to be Santa Barbara Blvd and the many changes that have occurred over the decades.

Hines’ journey towards becoming a doctor is one that started with the influence of her family. Her grandmother was one of the first African Americans to attend Bishop College in Texas. Her grandparents would later move to California with no family or friends and put down roots.

“[Grandmother] absolutely believed in education, she believed in reading, so I, from a very, very young age, knew how to read and write well,” said Hines.

[see Dr. Hines for the complete article]

HIV and WOMEN: Case Series

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Our most excellent guest speaker:

Princy N. Kumar, MD, MACP
Professor of Medicine and Microbiology
Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases and Travel Medicine
Senior Associate Dean of Students; Georgetown University School of Medicine

@Harold & Belles on September 10th, 2017

Council on Concerns of Women Physicians Awards Luncheon


Council on Concerns of Women Physicians Awards Luncheon was outstanding. The honorees are trailblazers. Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood received the organization award. Dr. Câmara Phyllis Jones, MD, MPH, PhD had the crowd on their feet with her story about sitting at the table of opportunity. Thank you to Dr. Glenda F. Newell-Harris, national president of The Links, Inc., Dr. Edith Mitchell, Past president of NMA and Kaye Husbands Fealing, PhD for your incredible stories and work in medicine. Congratulations to the award recipients. #NMA2017, #ABWP

Why are female doctors introduced by first name while men are called ‘Doctor’?

June 24
Julia Files and Anita Mayer, physicians at the Mayo Clinic, started seeing a pattern: When their male colleagues were introduced at conferences, they were usually called “Doctor.” But the men introduced them and other female doctors by their first names.The pair quickly realized they weren’t alone. Sharonne Hayes, another Mayo doctor, had noticed the same thing. While a male colleague would be introduced as “Dr. Joe Smith,” for example, the women were often simply called “Julia,” “Anita” and “Sharonne.”

So the three decided to study speaker introductions at “grand rounds” — events where doctors, researchers, residents and medical students present medical problems and treatments for discussion. Their research showed that unequal introductions were real — that women were less likely than men to be introduced by professional title when men did the introducing.

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Student blog: Tips for Medical School Application

This topic is difficult to broach for many reasons. In my opinion, as a re-applicant, having been recently accepted into one of my top choice schools (so far), these tips are essential for success:

1.        Know your worth. Regardless of whether you get in this cycle or not, you are WORTHY of medical school. If you have gotten to the point where, like me you know you will not be getting into medical school for the first, or third, time. This is not a reflection of who you are, it just means there is more that you can do to be more competitive next time *If medicine is REALLY what you want*.

2.        Apply EARLY. The American Medical College Application System (AMCAS) opens in late May and you are allowed to submit early June. The three longest sections on the AMCAS application are the grades section, the 15 activities, and the personal statement. ●  Inputting grades can be trumatic for some students. It can feel like reliving moments of failure. Give yourself time to process and reflect on your past, then, LET IT GO. Your grades are not a reflection of who you are and when you become an amazing practicing physician, premeds like you will want to hear your story of TRIUMPH! ●  The 15 activities section, is a section dedicated to your top undergraduate activities. It ranges from community service to research to artistic endeavors and you can list 15 activities max. This list is something you can begin working on way in advance. Do not feel pressured to have 15 activities, in my opinion, 10 or more is sufficient. *Make sure your activities show an obvious interest in health care.* If that is not the case, maybe there is another passion that you have that you are neglecting in a pursuit of medicine that may not be for you. ● Give yourself at least 6 months to work on your personal statement. Have at least three “editors” and make sure at least one of them knows you well. That way if you are selling yourself short, they can call you out and give you anecdotal evidence to prove how AMAZING you are.

3.        *Apply Broadly.* One of my mentors, when speaking to competitiveness, told me that though there is a minimum metric requirement (for GPA and MCAT) to be considered for medical school, one should not aim for that requirement, one should try to do better. I totally understood where she was coming from, competitiveness is relative, in that, you want your metrics to be as high as they can be. However, there are plenty of students who have gotten into medical school on the minimum requirements. This usually means that they also had a great personal statement and overcame adversities in addition to meeting the required metrics. Having been one such student, I want to urge any student applying on the minimum requirement to “apply broadly”. This means that you apply to medical schools across the U.S. and even internationally if you are interested in international schools. The average that I have heard, and from data I have collected, is about 25 schools. This is includes schools in the Midwest who want well rounded applicants from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities. This also includes your top choices schools and schools with a track record for selecting students like you, whomever you may be.

4.        Be Real With Yourself. When you look at your metrics, if they are not competitive (See Master’s vs. Post Bacc), do NOT rush into applying. Give yourself YOUR BEST CHANCE to get in. I say this because time will pass either way, so you might as well take your time and get it right Overall, know that anyone can get into medical school. Meaning, that if you put the time in and get the scores you need, and have an obvious commitment to the medical field, YOU can get into medical school P.S. If you do not choose to do a formal post baccalaureate or master’s program, but you need to boost your science gpa, FEEL FREE to do an informal post bacc. This means you take science classes on your own and at your own pace. DO NOT RETAKE classes you got at least a C in. Just move on, because there are some many upper division science courses you can take like Immunology, Histology, and Embryology, that will showcase your ability to do well, better than trying to retake the Organic Chemistry class you got a C in during your time in college. I hope this post makes you feel better equipped to tackle whatever path to medicine you choose. Sincerely

Your Sister in Solidarity,                                                                                            

Onome Oboh, MSMD Candidate ‘21