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How slavery still shadows health care

March 1, 2021 | jipzttuh | No Comments

first_img Probing how colleges benefited from slavery Related Understanding Harvard’s ties to slavery To Titus, Venus, Bilhah, and Juba In a discussion prior to a major conference, Faust amplifies the expanding effort to document a painful part of the University’s past Slavery in America traces its beginnings to August of 1619, when starving pirates sold about 20 kidnapped Africans to English colonists in Jamestown, Va., in exchange for food. On Monday afternoon an expert panel argued that centuries later, the legacy of slavery still shadows the American health-care system.The event, “400 Years of Inequality,” was sponsored by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard’s FXB Center for Health and Human Rights and held at the Kresge Building. Chan School Dean Michelle A. Williams set the tone in her opening remarks with a quote from Martin Luther King Jr.: “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”Williams provided sobering statistics: The U.S. is one of only 13 countries in the world where more women die in childbirth today than they did 25 years ago, and African American women are three to four times more likely to die than whites. A black woman with an advanced degree, she said, is likelier to lose her baby than a white woman with an eighth-grade education. Worse, certain stereotypes with roots in slavery have endured to the present — notably the idea that black people do not feel pain in the same way whites do, a notion once used to justify whipping and other abuse.“This has wormed its way into scientific theory and a study published in 2016 — yes, 2016 — said that a majority of medical students still believe it.” This makes being black a risk factor in itself, she said.“The inequalities of the health system were built in from the beginning,” said former Harvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds, now chair of the Department of the History of Science. Due to harsh living conditions and various privations, she said that slaves fell victim to a range of diseases and an infant mortality rate double that of the white population, yet much of this was written out of history. In fact, she noted, George Rosen’s seminal “A History of Public Health” (1958) says nothing about race or slavery. “The history of the field you are studying makes no mention of this.”,Also overlooked, she said, is the fact that the health of African Americans barely improved after emancipation, owing to the hurdles former slaves faced procuring adequate food, shelter, and clothing. This led to a disproportionate number of African Americans dying during the early 20th-century smallpox epidemic, fostering arguments in some circles that slavery was better for black welfare. Even in 1981, she said, a North Carolina study found a higher black mortality rate because of lack of access to health services. “The negroes died because they were inferior,” Hammonds said, “And they were inferior because they died.”The event was part of a nationwide attempt by schools of public health and other community organizations and institutions to use the anniversary of American slavery as an opportunity for a soul-searching. It recalls Harvard’s own campaign in the past dozen years to come to terms with its connections to slavery through research and teaching by Sven Beckert, Laird Bell Professor of American History, and others, and the efforts of Drew Faust, now Harvard president emeritus and the Arthur Kingsley Porter University Professor, to foster initiatives such as a major nationwide conference in 2017 on universities and slavery, and unveiling a plaque honoring early enslaved workers.At Monday’s gathering, City College of New York journalism Professor Linda Villarosa, a recent contributor to The New York Times Magazine’s 1619 Project on the history of slavery, recalled an earlier story she wrote for Essence magazine. It focused on an African American woman in New Orleans who lost her first child because doctors ignored warning signs of an impending miscarriage. Treatment was nearly as bad when she was pregnant with her second child, who was delivered by a doctor she’d never met — a common occurrence for black women, Villarosa found. What shocked her, she said, were the letters she received in response to her piece, many of which condemned the woman for having a second child and invoking myths about the inferior health of black Americans. “The level of denial about these issues was surprising and difficult.”A mother herself, Villarosa also found disturbing signs in her own dealings with the system. She noted that in many hospitals, the spirometer (used to measure lung capacity) is given a “racial correction” because of the perception that African Americans have inferior lungs — an infuriating falsehood that she traced back to something Thomas Jefferson wrote. She suspected that such an adjustment was made on her when she was pregnant, which was ironic, since she’d been raised at higher altitudes in the Colorado mountains and so probably had stronger-than-average lungs. Worse, when she developed a complication during her pregnancy, her doctor asked whether she’d used crack cocaine, despite her status as the health editor of a national magazine.Villarosa did propose one solution: providing racial training for OB-GYNs. “It’s about taking our valuable training and marrying it with something else — with respect and caring, kindness and love.”center_img Scholar hopes project will inspire similar efforts: ‘There were thousands of people like Jane Clark’ Radcliffe conference draws historians, scholars to shed light on troubling past while pondering future Second life for slave narrative Faust unveils plaque honoring the contributions to Harvard of four slaves in the 1700slast_img read more

Departing governors reminisce, offer advice

December 19, 2020 | jipzttuh | No Comments

first_img Departing governors reminisce, offer advice Senior Editor“Don’t never give up.”Outgoing Bar President Tod Aronovitz ended his final Board of Governors meeting May 30 with those words, a theme he picked up in college from a golf course groundskeeper who became his friend.The occasion was the annual “Comments for the Good of the Order,” where departing board members offer thoughts and suggestions for the Bar. The comments are typically laced with appreciations of friendship and camaraderie developed on the board, along with serious suggestions on challenges facing the Bar.Topics ranged from attacks on the independent judiciary to lawyer advertising, with speaker after speaker emphasizing that the Bar must remain true to its principles. Or, in other words, don’t never give up.Board member Tony Abate said he has the “highest regard” for the Bar’s grievance process, but thinks the process could move faster.“It’s important to show the public that we police ourselves and we police ourselves quickly,” he said.Abate also praised Aronovitz’s Dignity in Law initiative, but said much of its good work in improving public attitudes toward the profession is undermined by lawyer advertising. Abate called for an overhaul of advertising rules.“If Dignity in Law is bailing water out of the boat, lawyer advertising is holes putting water into the boat,” he said.The Bar should also do more to help lawyers’ quality of life, including those battling depression, and should continue its effort to technologically help lawyers, Abate said. He added that the planned Web portal, free for Bar members, “is one of the biggest things this Bar has done in many years as far as helping members.”Board member Richard Gilbert warned members about attacks on the independence of the judiciary, on the legal profession, and on the public’s access to courts.“Alexander Hamilton, one of the great liberals of his day, said there is no democratic government without an independent judiciary,” he said.Lawyers face challenges from restrictions on their abilities to represent clients to suggested rules that could undermine loyalty to the client.“We need to debate them,” Gilbert said. “Sometimes you have to draw a line in the sand. Sometimes you can’t compromise. Sometimes you need to be brought home dead on your shield rather that be brought home dead of a thousand cuts.”Efforts to reduce awards and cut fees for lawyers are really attempts to keep some people from having access to the courts he said, and that too needs to be opposed.“Some of you will say to me that’s politics, and my suggestion to you is what is happening in politics is the rich and powerful are imposing their will on the legislative and executive branches at the expense of those who are poor and powerless,” he said. Lawyers need to ensure “the scales of justice are not unbalanced.”Public board member Royce Walden thanked board members for the friendship and allowing him to participate, including as a member of the Investment Committee and chair of the Audit Committee.Walden, a former director of the Jacksonville Federal Reserve Office branch, said he was somewhat taken aback four years ago when he realized he would have to work with 50 lawyers on the board.“I prayed to God. I said, ‘Lord, give me patience,’” he recalled. “He sent me an e-mail back. He said, ‘I gave you life, Royce, it’s up to you to learn patience.’“I’ve enjoyed working with you and I’ve found out one thing about you: You’re human beings.”Outgoing YLD President Juliet Roulhac said the experience with the board brought highs and lows. “I’ve worked with some of the most professional and expert lawyers here. That’s a high for me,” she said. The lows, she added, were working on discipline cases and seeing some of the “egregious acts of some of our colleagues.”Roulhac also thanked outgoing President Aronovitz, saying, “You’re always so gracious in everything that you do. Despite different experience levels, you’ve always treated me with the utmost respect.”Board member John Yanchunis agreed that a highlight was working with other board members, including listening to their debates.“I had a phenomenal time and again was humbled many, many times to listen to the greatness of the debate and the intellects in this room,” he said. “I want to thank you again for listening to me when I couldn’t keep my own counsel and rose to make some inane comment.”Out-of-state board member Denny Whalen said out-of-staters have the chance to compare The Florida Bar with other state associations. “The Florida Bar ranks right up there,” he added. “It’s been an honor to serve with you and service is what this is about. The Florida Bar certainly gets high marks.”Board member Andrew Needle cited the debate over multidisciplinary practices as an example of the importance of lawyers sticking to their core values.He noted at his first meeting, the board was “told that MDP was a train that none of us could stop. We had to get out of the way or we would be run over. And one day we picked up the paper and saw Enron and Arthur Andersen and suddenly that train was stopped for the very reasons we predicted it would be stopped,” Needle said. “We stood up. . . and said it was wrong.”Needle also said many Bar members don’t understand what the board does, a view endorsed by board member Buck Vocelle who said board members need to change that.“The work we do is done in anonymity. In my small circuit (the 19th) trying to tell lawyers what we do is like talking to a brick wall,” he said. “In recent years, trying to get lawyers involved in the Bar is like trying to pull teeth. You must keep up the fight.”And Vocelle cited Enron and the MDP issue as showing the importance that even a single lawyer can make, saying if one executive or accountant at Enron had stood up, its problems might have been avoided.“Time after time in the last eight years I’ve seen a single voice turn this entire board around,” he said. “Don’t give up the fight. Don’t give up your passion. Don’t give up your perseverance.”In his eight years, board member David Welch said he’s seen many issues arise again and again, especially legislative proposals that damage the independence of the courts.“Don’t forget who you’re here to represent. There are 70,000 members of The Florida Bar out there who expect us to do the work of The Florida Bar for their benefit and for the benefit of the public, generally,” he said. “One of the most important aspects is the preservation of the rule of law and the preservation of the independence of the judiciary.”Aronovitz closed the session by thanking board members and others for their support.“Ralph Waldo Emerson is quoted as saying, ‘nothing great was ever accomplished without enthusiasm,’ and I want to say to you I undertook every act as president with faith and great enthusiasm,” he said.He also quoted a prayer given by YLD board member Lorna Brown-Burton at a recent meeting: “God help us to remember at this meeting. . . that all things work together for good. I do not need to understand why things are happening the way they are as I trust in the divine plan. Teach us to accept ourselves, other people, and situations as they are, not as we want them to be. Teach us to develop the courage, strength, obedience, and discipline to act on what we know to be true. We all have something to do and contribute to the vision and business of this organization and our profession. Once we understand all of this, then it is with God’s guidance that success is achieved.”Aronovitz added, “We in this room have the talent and the ability under [new Bar President] Miles [McGrane’s] leadership and we have a great message. It’s been my honor to serve as your president. Don’t never give up.” Departing governors reminisce, offer advice July 1, 2003 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

first_imgFraud continues to be the number one reason why a cardholder moves a card from top of wallet. And fraud isn’t cheap, costing the issuer in liability for the fraudulent charges plus the cost of reissue. Additionally, there is the potential of lost revenue from the card being moved from the number one position in the cardholder’s wallet.A previous thought leadership article on ThePaymentsReview.com introduced the concept of putting the cardholder in the middle of the transaction, meaning enlist the cardholder to take ownership of monitoring card purchases and respond quickly to potential fraud.A shining example of success implementing this strategy took place over the 4th of July weekend. FIS, CSCU’s processing partner and international provider of financial services technology and outsourcing services, rolled out a new product called, SecurLOCK™ Communicate.  The product alerts credit and debit cardholders of potential fraud in real time via a two-way interactive text message (SMS), or a voice call, or an email.Cardholders who have a mobile phone number on file with their issuer and had a suspicious transaction received a text message in under 30 seconds on average of the transaction being flagged by a neural network, asking the cardholder to validate the recent transactions, or to confirm the suspected transactions as fraud. A whopping 54% of the text messages were responded to in real-time, showing the cardholder appreciates this level of monitoring and control. This is even higher than the Beta group’s 48% response rate – which was already better than expected. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

CUES measures impact of Aprio board portal

December 17, 2020 | jipzttuh | No Comments

first_imgWith a nine-member board and directors based in different locations across North America, CUES sought out board portal technology to ensure its board operated with optimal efficiency, engagement and security.As CUES President/CEO John Pembroke explains, “CUES chose Aprio to take advantage of industry-leading technology to streamline communication, simplify meeting preparation, and strengthen the engagement with our directors.”Recently our team interviewed Ruth Shirley, CUES executive administrator and board liaison to ask her about the impact of using Aprio board portal software to manage the organization’s directors. Here are some insights from that interview.Q: Tell us about your board. What are its main needs?Ruth Shirley: CUES board meets four times a year—twice alongside our major conferences and two independent meetings. We strive to meet in person at least a portion of the time, and other times members join by conference call. Like many boards, our goals in adopting better board technology were to provide directors with convenient and secure access to board information, achieve efficient board book and meeting preparation, and to offer access to the best possible tools to support engagement and strong governance. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgMasked players The vast cathedral, a World Heritage Site where Christopher Columbus is buried, covers more than 11,000 square meters, with the choir and the orchestra set up in front of an intricately-carved wooden Gothic facade.”It’s a huge space. The cathedral has a capacity of 4,000 people but they have only put in 600 seats,” said Jose Carlos Carmona, musical director of the Seville symphony orchestra and the university choir.”Grant the dead eternal rest, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine on them,” they sang as the mass opened, many of the mourners lost in their thoughts as the music soared through the lofty chamber.Performing together for the first time in three months, 27 musicians — all of them masked except for the wind players — accompanied four soloists and a 53-strong choir who sang without masks. And before communion was distributed, a priest gave clear instructions on how to take the wafers safely, removing masks for just a brief moment.”I think it’s important that there’s a recognition and memorial for the victims and the families of the more than 27,000 people who died.. It means they haven’t died in vain and that they have value, not just for their families but for the whole country.” said Carmen Andrea, another of those in attendance.Cathedral officials had removed all the pews and replaced them with well-spaced individual seats and hand gel dispensers were set up at the entrance.Carmona said a team of professionals had created a detailed plan with “very clear interpersonal distances between each member of the orchestra and the choir” to keep within the guidelines. “This is a solemn event which expresses some of Seville’s pain but also that of Spain and the rest of the world,” he said.  “For me this event is important because my sister has passed away in Madrid.. and we haven’t been able to hold a private ceremony because it’s not allowed in this phase,” said a mourner called Maria who declined to give her family name. “But this [mass] is very much appreciated.” “It is very possible that in the past three months many of us have, like Jesus, lifted our eyes to the heavens and asked ‘My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?’,” he said. Spain went into lockdown in mid-March to slow the spread of the virus that has killed more than 27,000 people, most of whom were over 70. But with the epidemic now well under control, the restrictions have been gradually eased in a staged rollback, with Seville currently in phase two in which places of worship move to 50 percent of normal capacity. Some 600 places were reserved for bereaved family members but the funeral mass was also attended by city and regional government officials, senior military figures, academics and judges.  Topics : Hundreds of people who lost loved ones to coronavirus joined a huge funeral mass at Seville Cathedral on Thursday in one of the largest public gatherings in Spain since the lockdown. As they sat under the cathedral’s towering vaulted ceiling on carefully-spaced folding chairs, some could be seen wiping away tears as a nearly 90-strong choir and orchestra performed Mozart’s RequiemMany were dressed in black and all were wearing facemasks as Archbishop Juan Jose Asenjo opened the service with the account of Jesus’ death from one of the gospels. last_img read more

first_imgLifeSiteNews 18 Sept 2013Top euthanasia advocate Philip Nitschke has taken partial credit for the increase in the suicide rate among elderly men in New Zealand that was revealed in recently released statistics. According to the new statistics, the average suicide rate was 12.10 per 100,000 across the population for the year ending June 2013, but the rate for men aged 85 years plus was 31.38 per 100,000. While the total number of suicides among 85+ men only amounted to nine for the year, the increase has sparked concern in the country, with Chief Coroner Judge Neil MacLean saying that more research is needed to determine the cause.…Exit International, the group founded by euthanasia and assisted suicide advocate Dr Philip Nitschke, said it was not suprised by the news, stating in a press release, “Exit has also been instruments (sic) in providing elderly New Zealanders with supplies of MaxDog nitrogen.” “As a society we should not be alarmed by this trend,” said Nitschke, “and taking steps to prevent access to new developments in end of life strategies or end of life drugs would be counterproductive, forcing people to use undignified and often ineffective methods”. Professor Emeritus David Richmond, spokesperson for Euthanasia Free New Zealand, called Exit International’s provision of information and products to commit suicide an “un-neighbourly contribution to the suicide rate.” He also expressed concern that in order for any such deaths to look natural, someone would have to assist in the suicide.An End of Life Choice Bill is currently in the ballot box in the country.  If it were to be drawn and then passed, anyone over the age of 18 could obtain permission to end their lives due to “unbearable suffering”.http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/euthanasia-advocate-philip-nitschke-takes-credit-for-higher-elderly-suicidelast_img read more

Police investigate fatal crash in Napoleon

September 24, 2020 | jipzttuh | No Comments

first_imgNAPOLEON, Ind. – An Osgood man was killed in a car accident early Sunday morning on US 421 south of Napoleon.Joseph Turner, 40, was driving northbound around 12:30 a.m. in a 2000 Hyundia passenger car when it lost control and struck a guardrail fence and a tree head-on.Police say Turner was the sole occupant of the vehicle and was not wearing a seatbelt.The accident remains under investigation as deputies say speed and alcohol may have contributed to the crash.last_img

first_imgArsene Wenger believes Aston Villa chairman Randy Lerner has met with Remi Garde as the midlands club hunt their new boss. Managerless Villa want to appoint former Arsenal midfielder Garde, and Gunners chief Wenger – who recommended the north London club sign the player in summer 1996 before officially taking up the reins – thinks they have moved a step closer. Garde has been the overwhelming favourite to replace Tim Sherwood since he was sacked on Sunday, with Villa bottom of the Barclays Premier League ahead of Monday’s trip to Tottenham. Wenger confirmed Villa’s chief executive Tom Fox, who used to work at Arsenal, had been in touch and reckons Lerner has held talks with the ex-Lyon boss. “He (Fox) texted me,” the Arsenal manager said. “I think they met Remi Garde with the chairman and they made their opinion. “I don’t think Tom Fox knew Remi Garde. I don’t think he was here (at Arsenal) at the time, but certainly he got some information from people who knew Remi. “It’s a big challenge for him but it’s a big opportunity. You do not get 20 opportunities to come to England and at the moment, in Europe, you find 250 managers who want to come to England.” Garde, 49, is keen on bringing Lyon coaches Bruno Genesio and Gerald Baticle with him, but the French club’s president Jean-Michel Aulas has said they are going nowhere. Kevin MacDonald is currently in caretaker charge and oversaw Wednesday’s 2-1 Capital One Cup defeat at Southampton. MacDonald was previously caretaker boss in 2010 when Martin O’Neill quit on the eve of the season. Since then Villa have battled relegation for long spells, and MacDonald admitted they do not have a right to stay in the top flight. Press Association “There’s a lot of people caning the club at the moment and I think people need to realise once we start to push up the table we hopefully will put it to bed,” he said. “I don’t want to envisage relegation but it’s happened before, to the old First or Second Division. There’s no divine right to stay in the Premier League. People, players and staff all have to push to try to get us out of this relegation battle. “It won’t be easy. It won’t be for five or six weeks like Leicester did at the end of last season – it’ll be for the rest of the season.” MacDonald expects Garde to be Villa’s next manager. ”Obviously, the hierarchy think he is the man for the job,” he said. ”I’ve been told I need to prepare the team for Monday. Whether Remi has been given the position and is maybe in the stand to watch, I don’t know. That is going to be an ongoing thing. ”He was a decent footballer at Arsenal. They don’t have many bad players over the years, and he has got a good pedigree as a coach. ”If, at the end of the season, Aston Villa are still in the Premier League, then it’s a good appointment.” last_img read more

Yaya Toure Quits Active Football at Age 35

September 8, 2020 | jipzttuh | No Comments

first_imgFormer Ivory Coast international Yaya Toure has officially announced retirement from active football.After eight successful seasons with Manchester City, Toure brought an end to his glittering Citizens career at the end of the 2017/18 campaign and subsequently joined former club Olympiacos in September 2018.The Ivory Coast international’s stint with the Greek outfit was short-lived, though, leaving the club via a mutual agreement three months later and has not played a competitive match since. The former FC Barcelona star’s agent Dimitry Seluk took to Twitter on Friday to announce his client’s decision to retire, in addition to revealing that the 35-year-old is set to enter the world of coaching.“Yaya Toure @YayaToure ended his playing career. Next up is a career in coaching,” he tweeted.Yaya Touré (@YayaToure) on TwitterThe latest Tweets from Yaya Touré (@YayaToure). My official Twitter account  Contact: info@officialyayatoure…“I say this for the first time: Yaya decided to end his career as a champion,” Seluk said via Sport24.ru“The farewell match given to him by Manchester City, in principle, was the real end of his playing career. Not only in this team, but in general.“Yaya is one of the best players in Africa and he had one of the brightest careers in the history of African football. Therefore, he should also leave football beautifully, at his peak.“We talked for a long time about this topic. Of course, every football player wants to play as long as possible. In terms of his physical condition, Yaya could do this at a sufficiently high level for another five years. But we came to the conclusion that he, the football player who played for Barcelona and Manchester City, could not lower the bar with his hands.“We see many players who continue their careers at a sufficiently mature age, and this is commendable. But Yaya and I chose a different path: to leave as a champion and start a new stage in life – a career as a coach, in which, I am sure, Yaya will reach even greater heights than those he achieved as a football player. There are no African coaches in the English Premier League. I think.”The former AS Monaco star clinched several league titles in his club career, during which he turned out for Beveren, Metalurh Donetsk, Olympiacos, Monaco, Barcelona and Manchester City.According to Toure’s agent, the three-time UEFA Champions League winner has begun preparations in a bid to acquire his UEFA Pro Licence and has also already received offers to coach clubs in Russia and Ukraine. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By Associated Press Television News LIVE TV First Published: 7th August, 2020 12:47 IST WATCH US LIVEcenter_img Masahiro Tanaka talked to the media on Thursday, one day before facing the Tampa Bay Rays.In the last game, the Japanese right-hander returned from a minor concussion to make his season debut and threw only 2 2/3 innings and 51 pitches.Tanaka said “I would like to improve command of my pitches both fastball and other breaking balls for tomorrow” during an online post-match press conference.Tanaka was struck in the head by a line drive during live batting practice on July 4 and the last game was his season debut in which he was limited to throw only around 50 pitches.”I don’t have any problems at the moment,” Tanaka said.  “I think I was able to prepare well as usual.”(Image Credit Pixabay) Last Updated: 7th August, 2020 12:47 IST Tanaka Says He’s Prepared Ahead Of Second Start After Concussion Masahiro Tanaka talked to the media on Thursday, one day before facing the Tampa Bay Rays. COMMENT FOLLOW USlast_img read more