85th Third District Health Care Forum

Third District Health Seminar

The Third District of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated held its 85th District meeting at the Marriott at City Center in Newport News, Virginia, April 12-15, 2018 under the leadership of Brother Kevin Brown, District Representative.  The district meeting was hosted by the chapters in Eastern Area III: Alpha Alpha (AA), Zeta Omicron (ZO), Kappa Iota Iota (KII), and Zeta Mu Mu.  The four-day meeting kicked off on Thursday afternoon with a free Health Seminar.  The seminar was part of a combined Social Action project for the brothers in the district that raised and donated $500 and hygiene products to The Menchville House, an emergency housing facility for homeless families, and to the Avalon Center, a domestic violence shelter for women and children.

The Health Seminar was one hour long and free to the public.  Brother Azar Allen (AA) and Brother Cameron Mix (ZMM) co-chaired the event.  The seminar consisted of a panel of three people, all members of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, and all very versed and educated on the topics of preventative medicine and healthy diets.

The panel members were Brother Dr. Mark Innis (ZMM), Emergency Medicine Physician; Brother Charlie Hill (AA), Prostate Cancer Survivor and Enthusiast; and Brother Dr. Anthony Hayes (ZO), Primary Care Physician.  The seminar was held in a town hall format with each panelist sharing from his perspective; questions and answers came from the floor as well. Brother Dr. Mark Innis spoke from the emergency medical care perspective.  He said that when it comes to prostate checks and rectal exams, “it’s not a sexual thing, it’s just a part of the examination.  Doctors don’t look forward to that part of the examination any more than the patient does, but it is necessary.”  He also shared some programs that can help people get the medication they need at a reduced cost.  For instance, Walmart has a $4 prescription program for generic medicine.  You can perform an internet search for Walmart $4 program and find a PDF listing of the prescription medications available. He mentioned a program called Good Rx, and shared that Harris Teeter offers free antibiotics.  None of these programs are income based.

Brother Charlie Hill spoke primarily on the topic of prostate cancer.  He told when you should start getting checkups and exams, why you should do so, and the importance of also knowing your family health history and how all that plays a part in preventative medicine.  He also answered the question, “does having a positive prostate diagnosis or cancer affect your sex drive or ability to perform?”  Brother Hill answered, saying no; medicine has evolved to help with that.  In Brother Hill’s closing words, he suggested that if you have any health or medical issues that you should wear a bracelet with your medical information on it so in case of emergency, a doctor can immediately know your medical history.

Brother Dr. Anthony Hayes spoke on preventing and living with diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Brother Hayes said, “the number one thing we neglect is our diet.”  He told the story of a study that was done on some men in Africa that lived off the land and didn’t eat the processed food that we eat here in America, and how they did not have cancer. But when they came to the United States they would change their eating habits and would get sick with cancer.  He said the movie, “What the Health,” was a real eye-opener and addressed/made some very good points.  Dr. Hayes’s closing remarks listed some foods that we should eat and some foods that we should stay away from such as; 1. Eat fruit; 2. Eat vegetables- green leafy vegetables; 3. Plan our meals; 4. Exercise; 5. Sleep 8 hours a day; and 6. Be conscious of our portion sizes.  Some things he said to stay away from are:  1.Transfat; 2. Granola; 3. An abundance of yogurt; 4. Limit your juice intake- juice is very high in sugar; 5. stay away from simple carbs; and 6. avoid processed food.

The Health Seminar was very informative and well-received; the information was invaluable.  For this to have been the kickoff event for the 85th  Annual Third District Meeting, it not only set the tone for the weekend, but it showed, based on the members of our panel and their respective titles, that our cardinal principles of this great fraternity: manhood, scholarship, perseverance, and uplift, continue to shine through.


Written By: Brother Cameron Mix

Teaming up to Fight Cancer

Suffolk, VA - Tuesday, September 19, 2017, the Brothers of Alpha Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., joined forces with Sentara Obici Hospital, and the LINKS Organization to fight prostate and colorectal cancer. Hampton Roads and northeastern North Carolina are among the nation’s three colon cancer hot spots , according to the ACS. That means more people are dying from colon and rectal cancers here than in most other places in the U.S. The Brothers of Alpha Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and the women of the LINKS organization hit the streets to register people for free prostate and colorectal screenings at Sentara Obici Hospital. 115 men registered, and over 60 attended on the day of the event. The registered participants not only received free screenings, they attended education sessions facilitated by oncologists, and they were also treated to a catered dinner. We did not leave the wives and significant others out. The hospital provided bone density screenings and education sessions on breast health for the women. The brothers of Alpha Iota Chapter are looking forward to more partnerships like this with Sentara Obici Hospital. Early detection saves lives.

By Brother Paul Green

Sigma Mu Mu’s Blood Drive Helps Save Lives

Loudoun County, VA — On October 15, 2017, the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., Sigma Mu Mu Chapter,held its annual Dr. Charles R. Drew Blood Drive. The Brothers partnered with the Inova Blood Donor Services Center of Sterling,Virginia. The initial goal was to have 17 donors give blood. However a total of 26 donors signed up. Almost half of the donors were members of the community who walked in after being encouraged to volunteer by Brothers outside of the building. Inova officials appreciated and recognized the good work of Sigma Mu Mu for bringing in so many donors. This is important because donors are needed now more than ever. The demand for blood is increasing while blood donation levels are decreasing.

The Inova Blood Donor Services Center supplies lifesaving blood and blood products to 24 different hospitals in Northern Virginia and throughout the Washington metropolitan area. They also work with national and international redistribution organizations. The Inova team looks forward to and is eager to again work with Sigma Mu Mu at next year’s blood drive.

Once again, Sigma Mu Mu demonstrated its commitment to service in Loudoun County. By leading this worthy effort to raise awareness of the need for an increase in the blood supply, the Brothers helped to save live

Alpha Omega Chapter Diabetes Awareness Event 2017

On October 29, 2017, the Alpha Omega Chapter Health and Wellness Committee partnered with the Florida Avenue Baptist Church (where our own chapter brother, Adamio Boddie, serves as Associate Pastor) to get a head start on National Diabetes Month, recognized each year in November. The brothers of Alpha Omega Chapter used this opportunity to bring greater awareness and attention to the seriousness of this disease, its impact on the African American community, and provide useful information about diabetes prevention and management. The impact of diabetes on African Americans is significant.  Approximately 13 percent of African American adults have been diagnosed with diabetes, compared to 7.4 percent of white adults, and 8 percent of Asian adults.

The church allotted time for the brothers in attendance to give a presentation and Q&A prior to its normal service.  Approximately 30 church and community members participated in the event, which included insights from guest speaker Loletta Carter, a registered nurse and advocate for diabetes awareness, education, and prevention. Ms. Carter, a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., delivered an informative presentation on the causes, symptoms, importance of getting regular physicals, proper diet, and exercise.  Ms. Carter engaged participants in an enlightening question and answer discussion on how diabetes impacts those with the disease, and their loved ones.

Immediately following the presentation, Reverend Boddie gave a powerful word that spoke to the present day crisis impacting our communities throughout the country, and encouraged those in attendance to protect our most valuable assets - our spiritual and physical health. The event was well received by all, which included members of the Florida Avenue Baptist Church, members of the Alpha Omega Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., family, and friends. The brothers of Alpha Omega Chapter recognized Reverend Dr. Earl D Trent Jr., Senior Pastor, and Associate Pastor, Reverend Adamio Boddie, for being gracious and welcoming hosts!

The goal of the Alpha Omega Health and Wellness Committee is to educate and disseminate information on the prevention and management of diseases impacting our brothers, families, and communities.

Article prepared by:
Bro. C. Delray Brown
Alpha Omega Chapter Reporter
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