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Trained doulas can improve childbirth outcomes — Emotional support ‘inseparable’ from cultural support

Trained doulas can improve childbirth outcomes — Emotional support ‘inseparable’ from cultural support

Apr. 17 |         By Michelle Lawrence Contributing Writer   Recent research from the University of Minnesota shows what women like Akhmiri Sekhr-Ra have known for decades: Cultural support during pregnancy has a positive impact on birth outcomes...

What has been erased from the African identity?

What has been erased from the African identity?

Apr. 17 |     “Erasure of identity is the stripping from a people, conscious awareness of their sense of cultural continuity.  Life beyond this time has taken us through a most excruciatingly brutal and painful catharsis of suffering that occupies...

State’s new health exchange weighs how best to enroll the uninsured

State’s new health exchange weighs how best to enroll the uninsured

Apr. 17 |          Outreach and education essential to success   Open enrollment for the new MNsure health exchange program is slated to start this October. “This process of creating a Minnesota [health] exchange was a lengthy one,”...

Oral Cancer: a sneaky yet preventable killer

Oral Cancer: a sneaky yet preventable killer

Apr. 17 |         By Dr. Charles E. Crutchfield III and David Hamlar, MD, DDS    Why should I care about oral cancer? According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, someone dies from oral cancer every hour of every day in the United States...

The Good Wife Works – On soul food

The Good Wife Works – On soul food

Apr. 17 |       Filmmaker Byron P. Hurt (born 12/31/69) presented his documentary Soul Food Junkies at Macalester College in St. Paul during Black History Month 2013. The film was also shown at the Merriam Park Branch of the St. Paul Public Library...

Living, surviving and thriving with a disability — Are we equal yet?

Living, surviving and thriving with a disability — Are we equal yet?

Apr. 17 |       There is something that I must be missing, or the ugly head of discrimination is alive and well in this democracy called the United States. The art of forgiveness appears alive and well for European Americans, while the appearance...

This week’s Editorial cartoon, by Ed Fischer

This week’s Editorial cartoon, by Ed Fischer

Apr. 17 | Share:Share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on StumbleUpon (Opens in new window)Click to email...

Legislature caught whistling in the dark — Financial problems for Viking stadium  construction project

Legislature caught whistling in the dark — Financial problems for Viking stadium construction project

Apr. 17 |     For years I have defined as ill-conceived any planning that mostly serves the planners and their agency/bosses and not those they plan for, that too often leave African Americans out of their equations, purposefully failing or refusing...

Jobs disparities contradict our self-image as  a civilized nation

Jobs disparities contradict our self-image as a civilized nation

Apr. 17 |     Fifty years ago there was a march for jobs and freedom. Is it time for another?       This year will mark 50 years since that historic march on Washington. I find it ironic that 50 years later there is still the need for another...

Designer poverty: Come to the Twin Cities — we do it right!

Designer poverty: Come to the Twin Cities — we do it right!

Apr. 17 |       By Don Allen Guest Commentator   There is something to be said about organizations, politicians and community spokespersons who become ingrained in the process of using humans as a way to gain access for nonprofit funding...
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