Monday, August 22, 2022

Public Service Announcement - Sharing Your Long Covid Stories Could Benefit Others




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Equity & Inclusion


Can Picking Up the Phone Save Lives & Provide Long COVID Cures? UCSF & Partners' Study To Find Out



UCSF Source: Suzanne Leigh; (415) 680-5133


De Alba Communications Sources:

Victoria Sanchez De Alba; (650) 270-7810


Jackie Wright; (415) 525-0410


San Francisco, San Mateo Co. Residents

Urged to Share Long COVID Stories

Patient Responses May Influence Services and Funding; Help Experts Understand Causes, Treatment, Prevention


UC San Francisco, San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) and San Mateo County Health (SMC Health) are partnering with local community groups in a quest to learn about long COVID. To achieve this, researchers from the project, Let’s Figure Out Long COVID – Tell Us Your Story, Bay Area, will be calling local residents of all ethnicities and backgrounds who previously had COVID.


Long COVID, also known as post-acute sequelae of SARS-COv-2 (PASC), refers to both physical and mental health symptoms that last long after an initial infection. Those symptoms may start during infection and never go away or may appear weeks or months afterwards. Common complaints include fatigue, shortness of breath, pain, problems with concentration, depression and anxiety.



The goals of the project are to learn how common long COVID is in the community -- information that is critical in impacting funding for local health departments and services for those debilitated by the condition -- as well as to learn what causes it, and how to prevent and treat it.


In Phase I of the project, researchers will call San Francisco and San Mateo County adult residents who had COVID at least three months ago. Whether they have fully recovered or still have symptoms, their experiences will inform researchers about the frequency of long COVID. All ethnic groups and neighborhoods will be represented, and researchers are especially interested in hearing from Black/African American, Latino, Pacific Islander and Native American communities who have experienced higher rates of infections, hospitalizations and deaths than other groups.






In Phase II, some people who were previously interviewed will be asked to join a more detailed research study sponsored by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. This study, called RECOVER (Researching COVID to Enhance Recovery), will last three to four years. Study participants will be compensated for their time. 


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Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Revisiting a Classic: Terry McMillan's "Disappearing Acts"

I hear people say that blogs are dead.  I disagree.  I hear people say that newspapers are dead.  I refuse to let them die.  I hear people say that physical books are dead.  There will never be anything that compares to the feel of a book in your hand.

And while I never intended for this to be a blog about books, I ran across an interesting Twitter conversation this week that made me realize that there are some people who are totally missing out on some great works of art because we, as a society, are always looking for the next "new thing."

I'm so excited to see so many new Black authors and books out there, but I wanted to remind folks that there are some classics that have yet to be discovered by a lot of people.

One such book, "Disappearing Acts" by Terry McMillan should be required reading for all Black women.  

If you're not familiar with Terry McMillan (you probably won't be on this page), you're really missing a wonderful writer.  And if you haven't read "Disappearing Acts," do yourself a favor and pick up a copy from your local library or bookstore.  It's a story like no other.

Sunday, December 19, 2021

Book Review: "All Her Little Secrets" by Wanda M. Morris

It's rare that a debut novel is as good as "All Her Little Secrets" by Wanda M. Morris.

Thankfully, I stumbled across it on social media.  

If you know me, you know I love a good mystery.  And when I can find a good mystery by a Black author, I'm thrilled.  Pun intended.

And while my personal "secrets" aren't as intense as those of Elice Littlejohn, I can relate on many levels.  It's really hard to navigate corporate America while trying to keep as much of your private life private as possible.

But when Elise, a corporate attorney, walks in and finds her secret lover dead in his office one morning. . .well, you can only imagine how crazy her life becomes.

This book is so fast paced that I had to stop myself from reading it all in one sitting.

It's a perfect read for chilly weather and hot coffee (or your favorite warm beverage).  

It's a real roller coaster.

Available online and in independent bookstores.  

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Once Upon a Time Before "Black Owned Business" was a Trend

I am feeling a bit nostalgic today.  I know a lot of it has to do with being a person of a certain age, but a lot of it has to do with our current state of affairs.

I grew up in a time and a community where we loved being Black.  We loved living as a community.  We all knew each other's names and we could shop freely within our own communities and were treated with respect.  Whether you were a single mother on welfare or were one of the professionals in the community, maybe you worked at the bank, or the post office or you worked in an automotive plant and made "good money" for our time.  We didn't discriminate against each other.  We were united by God, our community and our southern roots (never forgetting from whence we came).

We didn't have to be reminded to spend our money with folks who looked like us.  We wanted to spend our money with folks who looked like us.  We didn't do it for "likes" or "clicks" or because it was "trendy."  We did it because we did.

I realize that tech has taken over and we don't even have to leave our sofas to order up groceries on our smart phones.  There are very few Black owned small businesses because the owners have passed away and the children are now all well-educated and enjoy successful careers.

This is just a friendly reminder that we can still support each other - even if it's not at the corner store.

(Bonus points if you can spot the pig feet)

Sunday, October 3, 2021

"Seven Days in June" by Tia Williams

I first discovered Tia Williams when I read "The Perfect Find."  Liked it so much, I read it twice.

"Seven Days in June" was so different from "The Perfect Find."  I expected it to be a spinoff.  I'm glad it wasn't.  

So completely different and intoxicating.  I love Black Love.  If you've ever had a teen love that you've never forgotten, you'll totally get it.  I think we sometimes forget how hard we love in our youth.  I needed to remember what that was like.  Age can jade you. It can also make you see what you weren't able to see when you're living it.

A multi-layered love story.  Like peeling an onion.  

I especially appreciated the flaws in the characters, the fact that it was realistic, not sugar-coated, erotic, poetic and so many other adjectives I could use to describe what is one of my favorite reads of this year.

Highly recommend.

Sunday, September 5, 2021

"The Other Black Girl" by Zakiya Dalila Harris

Can you say "on point?"

I've always been super excited to see a sister girl join the company (every company I've ever worked at) and unfortunately more times than not, it hasn't resulted in the bond which I yearned for.  That doesn't stop me for being happy for and celebrating and in the words of Issa Rae "rooting for everybody Black."

For me, "The Other Black Girl" was one of those "It's a Black Thang, You Wouldn't Understand" moments.

This is for all the Black women who have ever tried to "fit in," "code switch" and just plain old survive in Corporate America.  Zakiya Dalila Harris "sees" you.

In fact, I don't know when I have felt so seen.  And, for me, even though I'm not at the beginning of my career, it made me realize that whether you're just starting out or winding down, the game never changes.

Witty, engaging and just a great read.