Spokane: Deepening the Dialogue


Join the Discussion at East Central Community Center

We’ve all heard that Spokane is a great place to raise a family. But, Spokane Regional Health District’s recent health equity report paints a different picture of Spokane County. Health inequities affect us all, and it’s time to do something about it. Numerous local agencies are banding together to host Health Equity in Spokane: Deepening theDialogue. Join us for this free event and help be a part of the solutions.

October 10, 2012 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm

East Central Community Center 500 S Stone St, Spokane, WA 99202

Light refreshments served.

For more information, please call 324-1542

Visit: http://www.srhd.org/healthequity

If There Is Not Time

Always good to plan ahead, but for those who do forget to thaw something out, can’t decide what to cook, get home late, or are bushed they can stop by Spokane’s Phat Truck coming soon to Spokane Washington. That’s not FAT it’s PHAT which stands for Pretty Hot and Tasty.  Our menu will provide a balanced dinner, lunch or midnight snack.

But if you are not in an area served by Phat Truck you might want to plan ahead. See cousin Jameelah Carter’s article COOK, THERE IS ALWAYS TIME in DC Cooking Examiner.

A Mother’s Love: Nothing Is Greater


Delali Dogbe

For some today is Mothers Day. For some today is graduation. For Delali Dogbe it is Mothers Day. For her son Kelvin Garner it is his graduation from Whitworth College. They celebrated this day together at the North Central Care Center.

Do you remember the Whitworth freshman from Ghana whose story appeared in the March 1, 2011 issue of the Whitworthian? Since June 6, 2009 Kelvin has been semi-comatose. His mother, who left Ghana immediately when she heard of his accident, has been by his side for nearly three years.

We will be continuing Kelvin’s story later this week. Watch for future posts.

Receiving Honorary Alumnus Certificate

Bob and Jay’s Walk

Jay, a friend and photographer, asked if we could walk together some time. In early March my Euro-American friend and I walked the Manito Park – Cannon Hill Park Loop. It was a mild between seasons sort of day. The duck pond at Manito Park was still frozen but very little snow. The Cannon Hill pond was not frozen but no new greenery was yet to be seen. The Japanese Garden was still closed for the winter. We saw many joggers, dog walkers, family groups, and bicyclists enjoying the day. Everyone was smiling and welcoming, but Bob was the only African American to be seen.


See more in the series An African American Walks.

Do African Americans in Spokane walk? If so, where? I would like to take your walk and post the photographs here.

Save Lives and Healthcare $$$$

Such [kidney] transplants ultimately save money as well as lives. The federal Medicare program, which pays most treatment costs for chronic kidney disease, saves an estimated $500,000 to $1 million each time a patient is removed from dialysis through a live donor transplant (the operations typically cost $100,000 to $200,000). Coverage for kidney disease costs the government more than $30 billion a year, about 6 percent of the Medicare budget.

Everybody is looking to Obama to save the world and to save health care. Here is a contribution that you could make to national health care!

Email from a friend:

Subject: Fwd: NYTimes.com: 60 Lives, 30 Kidneys, All Linked

March is National Kidney Month and it is a good time to remind everyone of the importance of organ donation.  I am not asking you to mail me a kidney, but I am asking that you forward this email to as many people as you can.  All it takes to be part of a transplant chain is a willing donor.  For someone who needs a kidney, that person does not have to be a match.  Someone else in the transplant chain can be matched up to the person in need.

Thanks for sharing!


My Response

Thanks for this email. It was personal  for us. My mother lived with us the last 5 years of her life after her kidneys failed. I have forwarded it to my extended family.


Do African Americans Walk in Spokane?

37 years ago might see an African American downtown every month or so. You would give the Black power salute and say “What’s up brother?” Since then the African American population in Spokane has increased. Now you might see an African American downtown once a week but you will never see an African American on a walk through the neighborhoods. It did not encourage me to go for a walk. But since I have been diagnosed with diabetes, wife, doctors and friends have suggested that I walk. Then one day in January 2012 my friend Robert, an African American, asked me if I would accompany him on one of his daily walks.    See where the two Robert’s walked . . . .

Do African Americans in Spokane walk? If so, where? I would like to take your walk and post the photographs here.

Black HIV/AIDS in Spokane by Robert Williamson

Every time I hear the word disproportionate in conjunction with African Americans I cringe.  The reason is, is the information that follows is never good.  Here are a some examples of what I am talking about:  There are a disproportionate amount of African American males incarcerated, there are a disproportionate amount of African Americans with high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, who are unemployed and live in the filthiest neighborhoods in America.  I am sure you get my drift.  This list is not conclusive.  We have a lot on our plates.  The list just got bigger.  Did you know that we have the largest rates of people who are newly infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)?  The following information comes from the Center of Disease Control. . . . .

The rate of new infections among Black NHs is approximately 6.0 times higher than White NHs in Spokane County and 6.4 times higher in Washington State.    Full story . . . .

World AIDS Day

News Release Nov 28, 2011
Media Contact: Kim Papich
(509) 324-1539, c (509) 994-8968

Commemorating World AIDS Day in Spokane
Local event to raise awareness for prevention and treatment, fight prejudice
SPOKANE, Wash. – Dec. 1, 2011 once again marks the arrival of World AIDS Day, an annual event to raise awareness about the global epidemic of HIV and AIDS. Spokane Regional Health District staff encourage the community to join them in commemorating the day by attending Spokane’s annual recognition event on Dec. 1 at Unitarian Universalist Church, near Spokane Falls Community College, from 6 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.

The program will lend visibility to prevention and treatment progress and help fight prejudice. It includes a candlelight vigil to pay homage to those who have passed away. The key takeaway from the event is that HIV testing and associated care can save lives and local agencies like Spokane Regional Health District are working to build on those successes to allow more people to live longer and healthier lives.

During 2010, there were 30 newly-diagnosed HIV infections in Spokane County. It is estimated that Spokane County has 450 people living with the HIV virus. Both Spokane and Washington state continue to see the total number of people living with HIV disease increase. Worldwide, over 7,000 people contract HIV each day. In 2008, over 2 million people died from AIDS.

Spokane Regional Health District’s HIV/AIDS program works to stop the spread of HIV and to provide education and support to those who are HIV positive and those living with AIDS. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends HIV testing as a routine part of health care. Testing can be done through most health care provider offices and clinics. Testing is also available at the Spokane Regional Health District by appointment at (509) 324-1600.  SRHD supports CDC recommendations that:

  • Everyone ages 13-64 get tested at least once.
  • People at high risk for HIV get tested more often. Those at the highest risk (including injection-drug users and their sex partners, persons who exchange sex for money or drugs, sex partners of HIV-infected persons and men who have sex with men) get tested at least annually.
  •  Women get tested during each pregnancy.

 The health district joins several agencies in supporting the Dec. 1 program including the Spokane AIDS Network, Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane, Brighton Court, and Spokane’s HIV/AIDS Speakers’ Bureau. For more information about the event contact Ann Bruce, World AIDS Day event co-chairperson, (509) 324-3606. For more information about World AIDS Day visit worldaidsday.org.

More information can also be found at www.srhd.org. The site offers comprehensive, updated information about Spokane Regional Health District and its triumphs in making Spokane a safer and healthier community.