The first time Jaime Carr called the cops on herself, she was in the middle of a psychotic delusion. It was early 2007 and pop star Britney Spears was in the news for having shaved her head. Convinced she had morphed into the famous singer, Carr feared that the gardener, mail carrier and upstairs neighbors were watching her every move. Even the paparazzi, she thought, were hiding out, waiting to snap her picture.
The Baltimore Sun: Non-profit Aids Breast Cancer Patients
After more than a year juggling the family finances to handle the expense of battling breast cancer, Ronda Badiang was surprised a few months back when she found she was unable to pay a $1,000 deductible for her treatment. She was even more surprised when the Red Devils stepped in to settle the bill, no questions asked.
Flash of Life: Ending Mother-to-child HIV in South Africa
Durban, South Africa boasts some of the most beautiful beaches and busiest ports in the country, but the country is also known for its staggering HIV rate among women and children. In March 2009, I traveled to South Africa to report on the innovative ways that researchers and public health experts are helping HIV-positive mothers breastfeed their babies without transmitting the virus. This video examines the pros and cons of a PMTCT (prevention of mother-to-child transmission) method called "flash heating," as told by experts and a 34-year-old HIV-positive mother of one, Nosipho Hilda-Dludla.
Confidential Shelters for Bay Area Women
BAY AREA, Calif. San Francisco Bay Guardian Superlist No. 829: Safe Houses* In 1971 community activist Bea Robinson improvised a battered-women’s shelter in the garage of her San Jose home. Thanks to demands for shelter legislation by women’s rights groups…
Center Studies Discrimination Against Nurses of Color
Originally published in the August 2005 issue of Bay Area Business Woman News, which went out of business in 2010. BAY AREA, Calif. In 1990, Registered Nurse Zenei Cortez was denied a position at a local hospital* for which she…
Cancer Salon Confronts Disparities with Faith, Love
OAKLAND, Calif. What does it suggest about today’s medical world when a woman of color braves a potentially life-saving mastectomy only to receive an artificial breast meant to match the pinkish white skin tone of a Caucasian? Many African American,…