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Health Equity Reduces Health Disparities-That is A Question

In late April, CBC Chairman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) participated in a discussion hosted by the House Energy and Commerce Committee Democrats in partnership with the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus to highlight the need for health equity. April was National Minority Health Month.

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Is Curing Cancer A Long Shot

As OGTV (www.opengovtv.com) prepares for a launch of our national campaign entitled Black History is “ EveryDay" in Honor of STEM Diversity, we want to take a moment to salute a a mission, and a motive that defies political debates, and that unifies America, and signals to the Globe that the United States of America is better off operating from a spirit of alliance, partnership and coalition building to Move the world forward, and to rid our nation of Cancer.  It was only 55 years ago that John F Kennedy said that to America: Ask (All of America) "not what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do to your country".   

"The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life. And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe — the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God”  John F Kennedy January 20, 1961.  Check out todays OGTV feature story and video. 

 

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Can Precision Medicine Advance STEM Diversity

A revolution in medicine is under way, and everyone is supposed to be able to benefit - as patients and as taxpayers. Precision medicine uses genomics, medical devices, computer science and other fields to treat individual patients, instead of broad populations, with the safest and most effective therapies for their specific conditions. This offers hope of better treatments and cures for the very young (birth defects), the very old (neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's) and everyone who is at risk for cancer. California is the global center of information technology, social media tools and mobile applications, and it also boasts top-tier medical research centers. How can the Golden State build on those assets and expand its role as a powerhouse of precision medicine innovation? How can we corral collaborative investments by industry, academic research institutions and government to accelerate progress against disease? What will the benefits to communities of color. minority medical and bio medical science researchers?   How should Historically Black Colleges and Universities be able to contibute to Precision Medicine?  In 2015, President Obama announced that he’s launching the Precision Medicine Initiative and a “bold new research effort to revolutionize how we improve health and treat disease.   The advances made in Precision Medicine are starting to prove the difference between traditional medical treatments have been designed for the "average patient" OGTV thanks to The Milkin Institute for making available this video published on April 20, 2014 to help us bring this forst of many Feature stories to you today about Precision Medicine.  

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Brainstorming Medicare: Some Common Sense Ideas for Reducing Long-Term Medicare Costs

We've heard a lot of talk from pundits and politicians with dire warnings that Medicare is headed towards bankruptcy, but there has been precious little action. Here are some common-sense ideas for reducing the costs of Medicare without sacrificing recipient benefits. All will require political will, but that is not all that is required. There is a role to play for patients, providers and insurers, as well as government. While some of these ideas will require Federal action, others can be implemented at the state level, providing opportunity for forward-thinking states to take a leadership role in health reform.

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