Igniting Hope for Health Equity

Igniting Hope for Health Equity

Exposing the social norms, policies and systems that contribute to health inequities in Black America. Our mission is to report the facts and offer solutions to eliminate race-based disparities and achieve health equity. The conversation is led by Pastor George F Nicholas the Senior pastor of Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church and Chairman of the Buffalo Center for Health Equity.

Episodes

February 23, 2024 49 mins
Ep. 32 Pastor George Nicholas and Dr. Henry Taylor discuss their plan to transform Buffalo's Black east side. This episode explores the concept of a neighborly community built on principles of solidarity, community governance, shared ownership, cooperative economics, and community wealth. We must own and control the land on which we are building our community." - Dr. Henry Lewis Taylor Dr. Henry Taylor is a University at Buffalo fa...
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Ep. 31 Pastor George Nicholas and Sherman Webb-Middlebrooks discuss the issue of gun violence as a public health concern. They explore the historical roots of gun ownership in America, particularly its connection to the control of Black people, and the disproportionate impact of gun violence on Black youth. They also highlight the need for upcoming community events to address the culture of violence and trauma that perpetuates gun ...
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Ep. 30 Guest host Ebony White delves into the depths of community resilience and grassroots advocacy with guest Dion Green. This show promises to unravel the tapestry of a community's struggle for health equity and the individual journeys of empowerment that fuel collective hope and healing. Dion Green is the founder and CEO of the Fudge Foundation in Dayton, Ohio. Dion shares his personal story of losing his father in the Oregon D...
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Ep. 29 In this episode of Igniting Hope Radio, guest host Ebony White interviews Isiah Gary, the Director of Diversity, Community, and Health Equity at Health Sciences Charter School in Buffalo. Isiah discusses his role in helping students plan for their future careers and promoting health equity within the school. He highlights the importance of Wellness Wednesdays, an initiative that educates the school community about social det...
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Ep. 28 The Sensory Garden was created in response to the mass shooting at a Buffalo grocery store on May 14 2022. This is just one of seven Urban Gardens our guest has his green thumb on! Dwight Lowe, the executive director and founder of Home Beneath Our Feet, joins Ebony White on Igniting Hope Radio to discuss the importance of gardening and providing programming for inner-city children. Dwight shares his inspiration for starting...
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Ep. 27 Tobacco use is a major contributor to the three leading causes of death among African Americans—heart disease, cancer, and stroke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 40,000 Black people die annually from cigarettes annually but on Saturday June 24th the Tobacco Free Erie Niagara Coalition is holding a funeral for "Menthol" celebrating the death of cigarette use. In this episode Stan Martin gives us ...
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Ep. 26 Sherman Webb-Middlebrooks is on a mission to fill a void in his community by creating a safe space for Black men to engage in conversations about mental, physical, and spiritual health. But with a system designed to benefit from their trauma and struggle, Sherman's journey is anything but easy. Will he be able to break the mold and provide a new path for black men? "Exposure leads to expansion. If I can expose brothers ...
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Ep. 25 Sade Dozan joins Pastor George to talk about their personal experiences with caring for aging parents and the upcoming event addressing the need for care for the caregivers. In this episode we explore the following questions: Should you give up your life to care for elderly parent? How do you deal with the stress of caring for an elderly parent? What resources are available for caregivers in Buffalo, NY   The W...
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Ep. 24 Discover the shocking disparities in health equity revealed by the Erie County Initial Report. Kelly Wofford is the director of the Erie County Department of Health Equity, established by law in 2020. She is responsible for the Health Equity in Erie County: An Initial Disparities Report - This report is intended to serve as a resource for all Erie County residents so that they can better understand the issues and status of h...
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Ep. 23 Stan Martin joins Pastor George to address the leading cause of death among Black American adults. There is a concerted plan to destroy us. We need to be diligent about supporting policy that support us. Tobacco is responsible for deaths needs to held responsible. Big tobacco places profit over people. WE must place public health over Tobacco. Big Tobacco is the villain, and we cannot allow them to divide us. It’s time for ...
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Ep. 22 The need for Black maternal health care has never been more pressing. According to the CDC, in New York City alone, Black women are nine times more likely to die of a pregnancy-related cause than white women, and their rate of infant mortality is more than three times higher. In this episode Pastor George Nicholas is joined by Danise Wilson, Executive Director of the Erie Niagara Area Health Education Center to discuss how ...
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Ep. 21 The Buffalo Center for Health Equity partners with the Future Hope Apprenticeship and Recovery Program to support people who were incarcerated and help them cope with the many difficult aspects of successful reintegration into the community. Our mission is to provide valuable job opportunities in the construction trade, along with life-skills, education and job readiness training for a sustainable future. Key training area...
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Episode 20 The 2022 Igniting Hope Podcast featured speaker Reverend Dr. Heber Brown, III is empowering the black community to take control of their food security. In this episode, you will learn: 1. How did African Americans gain control of the food supply chain in the past, and how can this knowledge be used to create a more equitable food system in the present? 2. What is the connection between the African American church and f...
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Episode 19 Zaneta Everhart's son Zaire Goodman was shot by a domestic terrorist on May 14th 2022 during the White Supremacist attack at the Tops Supermarket in Buffalo, New York. He survived, but has a bullet wound that went through his neck and out his back. Everhart has become an advocate for gun violence prevention since the shooting. She believes that the root causes of gun violence, such as poverty and lack of education, need ...
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Episode 18 If you're interested in health equity, the Igniting Hope Conference is for you. Learn about the work of Dr. Jamal Williams and how to take effective action to improve health outcomes and increase inclusion in medical research.   In this episode you will learn:  1. How exclusion from medical research can impact treatment and resources for chronic diseases among black Americans  2. The importance of inclusivity in medical ...
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Episode 17 Have you ever just stopped on the street to feel the wind on your face or the sun on your skin? These simple mindfulness practices are often overlooked but can really be beneficial to people who are dealing with trauma and grief. In this episode Pastor George is joined by grief coach Troia Butcher who came from Pennsylvania to Buffalo, NY to help the community find a practical path from loss to recovery, enabling them t...
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Episode 16 The 47th Annual Juneteenth Festival in Buffalo, NY has been welcoming people from all over the country to celebrate long before June 19th was recognized as a National Holiday. Ras Jomo, the Executive Vice President for Juneteenth Festival, says, “I think there’s a whole lot of room, opportunity, and solidarity for Buffalo to show the world again why we’re a leading city in this country and in this time.” This year's fes...
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Episode 15 Claire Corwin from the Alzheimer's Association of WNY offers support and resources for those living with Alzheimer's disease AND their Caregivers! It's important that we break the silence and stop the stigma around this form of dementia and utilize the support groups available right here in our community. Unaddressed depression impacts cognitive ability which tangles up the brain and can lead to an Alzheimer's diagnosi...
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Episode 14 Was the domestic attack on Buffalo, NY that killed 10 and injured 3 racially motivated and executed by one disturbed young man? Or was the May 14th planned with a bigger political agenda, just before the mid-term elections? University at Buffalo professor Dr. Henry Taylor joins Pastor George to break down critical information in the case of the Tops Shooter and the State of Black Buffalo. This episode is sponsored by ...
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Episode 13 "To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a state of rage almost all of the time.” - James Baldwin. Is this what happened to Will Smith at the Oscars? Stan Martin joins Pastor George to discuss how we can move past the negative media portrayals of "toxic masculinity" and focus on what is Strong with Black Men. ABOUT THE GUEST: Stan Martin, MM is the Buffalo Office Director for Cicatel...
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