Racism is a Social Determinant of Health

Racism is a Social Determinant of Health

Junior League Of Nashville Racial Disparities Panel
2021 Junior League of Nashville Health Disparities in the African American Community Panel: Dr. Carmen April (Upper Left) | Dr Herve Damas (Upper Right) | Mr Kwane Drabo (Lower Left) | Dr. Renee Williams (Lower Right)

I enjoyed moderating a great panel discussion last evening on the topic of Health Disparities in the African American Community, for Junior League of Nashville. In my opening remarks, I shared a little bit about exactly what social determinants of health are.

There are very real and structural reasons for these disparities and these reasons have absolutely nothing to do with some sort of genetic or physiologic inferiority. The concept of race is, in fact, a made-up construct with no biological or physiological basis. It’s a social construct created to divide and conquer. The disparities are a result of factors such as geography, where African-Americans live and play, lifestyle factors, education, access to healthcare, economic stability, and a distrust of the healthcare system by some in the African-American community. And racism….

Racism, not race, is a major social determinant of health.

How can we affect change? Social Determinants of Health are responsible for 80-90% of health outcomes while clinical care only accounts for 10-20% of health outcomes! Knowing this, it’s appropriate to say that financial resources, proper funding, and physical resources (and as was mentioned in the chat box during the discussion – “Where the money resides!!”) invested into long-term programs that address food desserts, inequities in education, poverty, and safety issues that disproportionately affect minority neighborhoods can make a huge difference and result in meaningful impact.

I’m proud that we, as a League, held this panel discussion to breakdown the issues surrounding Health Disparities and ways to positively affect change ♥️

To Dig Deeper into Health disparities & Social Determinants of Health, check out the following resources:

Structural Racism: The Root Cause of the Social Determinants of Health from Harvard Law: https://blog.petrieflom.law.harvard.edu/2020/09/22/structural-racism-social-determinant-of-health/

Racism as a Social Determinant of Health Inequities from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: https://healthequity.globalpolicysolutions.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/RacismasSDOH.pdf

Social Determinants of Equity & Social Determinants of Health from the Department of Health and Human Services (96 page PDF) : https://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/Assets/pdf/Checked/1/CamaraJones.pdf

Dr. Carmen April
Dr. Carmen April is an entrepreneur and community leader recognized as a Nashville Business Journal 2020 Women of Influence Award Recipient, Nashville Emerging Leader (NELA) Award Winner, a Nashville Business Journal Top 40 Under Forty Award Recipient, is a Graduate of the New Leaders Council Institute – Nashville Chapter, Young Leaders Council (YLC) Leadership Institute and is a Nashville Power Moves Award Winner. She is a Podiatrist and Owner of The Foot And Ankle Healthcare Center, PC in the Nashville area. She served as one of the chairs of the Inaugural RiseUp! Women’s Summit presented by Junior League of Nashville in 2021. She is a Reiki Master, a Law of Attraction Practitioner, and an advocate for the power of positive thinking! Dr. April is available for speaking engagements on Leadership & Life Leadership for College Students and Young Professionals and is the creator of the “Design Your Story” Women’s Empowerment Series.

RiseUp! Women’s Summit: Presented by Junior League of Nashville

RiseUp! Women's Summit
Dr Carmen April Washington & Kristy Vanderford Brink
RiseUp! Women’s Summit Co-Chairs, Dr. Carmen April-Washington (R) & Kristy Vanderford-Brink (L)

I’m so pleased to announce the launch of the RiseUp! Women’s Summit: Presented by Junior League of Nashville! As one of the 2 chairs for this inaugural event, I am more than excited that registration is now LIVE, our speaker list is available and the schedule is set for Saturday January 30th, 2021!

This summit is sure to be a power-packed day of inspiring panels, workshops, and presentations designed to encourage and motivate women to kick off their 2021 with a renewed sense of purpose and direction.

We have an amazing line-up of professional women who will interact with us on a variety of topics ranging from wealth creation & managing our personal finances to personal & professional development. We’re weaving a lot of “sweet” surprises into the day and can’t wait for all of you to experience them!

Always remember: Your life is an occasion, Rise up to it!

RiseUp! Women's Summit

www.jlnWomensSummit.com

Dr. Carmen April

Dr. Carmen April is an entrepreneur and community leader recognized as a Nashville Business Journal 2020 Women of Influence Award Recipient, Nashville Emerging Leader (NELA) Award Winner, a Nashville Business Journal Top 40 Under Forty Award Recipient, is a Graduate of the New Leaders Council Institute – Nashville Chapter, Young Leaders Council (YLC) Leadership Institute and is a Nashville Power Moves Award Winner. She is a Podiatrist and Owner of The Foot And Ankle Healthcare Center, PC in the Nashville area. She is a Reiki Master, a Law of Attraction Practitioner, and an advocate for the power of positive thinking! Dr. April is available for speaking engagements on Leadership & Life Leadership for College Students and Young Professionals and is the creator of the “Design Your Story” Women’s Empowerment Series.

It starts with 2 simple questions

It starts with 2 simple questions

 

It starts with 2 questions

 

Microsoft Founder Bill Gates asks 2 major questions every time he’s facing an issue he is trying to address. They are “Who has dealt with this problem well? And what can we learn from them?”

“Ever since I was a teenager, I’ve tackled every big new problem the same way: by starting off with [those] two questions. I used this technique at Microsoft, and I still use it today,”

I love this approach because it’s similar to how I solve issues. I enjoy learning from others and people who have traveled a similar road before. I love podcasts, self-help books and documentaries for this very reason. It’s also why I created this blog many years ago…..I love sharing info that not only inspires me, but helps others along their journey as well.

Check out the entire CNBC article on Gates’ approach HERE.

 

Dr. Carmen AprilDr. Carmen April is an entrepreneur and community leader recognized as a Nashville Business Journal 2020 Women of Influence Award Recipient, Nashville Emerging Leader (NELA) Award Winner, a Nashville Business Journal Top 40 Under Forty Award Recipient, is a Graduate of the New Leaders Council Institute – Nashville Chapter, Young Leaders Council (YLC) Leadership Institute and is a Nashville Power Moves Award Winner. She is a Podiatrist and Owner of The Foot And Ankle Healthcare Center, PC in the Nashville area. She is a Reiki Master, a Law of Attraction Practitioner, and an advocate for the power of positive thinking! Dr. April is available for speaking engagements on Leadership & Life Leadership for College Students and Young Professionals and is the creator of the “Design Your Story” Women’s Empowerment Series.

End Slavery Tennessee launches “Someone Like Me” Podcast

End Slavery Tennessee Launches a NEW Podcast :

“Someone Like Me”

 

Someone Like Me Podcast

          End Slavery Tennessee provides specialized case management and comprehensive aftercare for human trafficking survivors and tactically addresses the problem through advocacy, prevention and training of front line professionals.

Survivor stories. Busted Myths. Lives Changed.

End Slavery Tennessee’s official podcast, Someone Like Me, features powerful stories of human trafficking told by those who experienced them firsthand. Someone Like Me is hosted by Leslie Eiler Thompson alongside End Slavery Tennessee’s founder, Derri Smith. On this podcast, you’ll hear real stories from actual survivors who are graduates of the End Slavery Tennessee program. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of how people become human trafficking victims and the many obstacles in their recovery. You’ll also hear updates from program leaders about initiatives in this vital work and educate yourself as they dissolve common myths around human trafficking.

The purpose of this podcast is to amplify the voices of human trafficking survivors, highlight the work of End Slavery Tennessee, and shed light on the complex emotional factors that lead to trafficking and hinder recovery. I encourage you to listen to the stories.

Much of what the survivors discuss is very hard to hear and may even bring you to tears. Hopefully, it will also lead you to action.

Podcast Website: someonelikemepodcast.com

End Slavery Tennessee website: endslaverytn.org

Through my volunteer work with the Junior League of Nashville, I’m a member of the Human Trafficking Public Awareness Committee and provide trainings on behalf of End Slavery Tennessee to educate the community on the realities of Human/Sex Trafficking.

Below, I’ve included another recent way I was able to help supply some needs of this wonderful organization

ESTN donation

End Slavery TN recently put out a call for donations of Yearly Planners to be distributed directly to survivors needing to track their many appointments. Being a person addicted to my planners and weekly schedules, I made a trip to the store to gather up several! I hope they are a blessing to those who receive them 🙂

ESTN Donation

As a Podiatrist, foot health and comfort is extremely important to me. When I was in the store buying planners, I turned around to find several pair of shoes on sale in the next aisle over!! So you know it…..I had to get them! I was able to snag almost 20 pair of the cutest shoes and booties for the survivors and hope these bless them as well 🙂

ESTN has a donation request list on their website. If you ever feel inclined to help or want to know of ways to donate and directly support the organization , here’s the link for the Ways to Give section of their website.

Dr. Carmen AprilDr. Carmen April is an entrepreneur and community leader recognized as a Nashville Business Journal 2020 Women of Influence Award Recipient, Nashville Emerging Leader (NELA) Award Winner, a Nashville Business Journal Top 40 Under Forty Award Recipient, is a Graduate of the New Leaders Council Institute – Nashville Chapter, Young Leaders Council (YLC) Leadership Institute and is a Nashville Power Moves Award Winner. She is a Podiatrist and Owner of The Foot And Ankle Healthcare Center, PC in the Nashville area. She is a Reiki Master, a Law of Attraction Practitioner, and an advocate for the power of positive thinking! Dr. April is available for speaking engagements on Leadership & Life Leadership for College Students and Young Professionals and is the creator of the “Design Your Story” Women’s Empowerment Series.

Don’t Pretend That Stress Doesn’t Exist

Don’t Pretend That Stress Doesn’t Exist

Stress

 

We are in the middle of the COVID-19 global pandemic (whatever “middle” means) and it seems that everyone’s world has been turned upside down by all the cancellations, closures, restrictions, quarantines, and self-isolation. As a physician-entrepreneur, I’ve been in my office seeing patients, even though my patient volume has been down. Several patients have called our office to say they are afraid to leave their homes because they fit the age demographic they’ve been told is at higher risk. Others, who have been impacted financially, can’t afford the co-pay or office visit fee right now.

At any rate, a lot of folks have some level of anxiety about all of this. No matter what industry you are in, where you work, your health status, etc., we are in uncharted territory. Don’t pretend that stress doesn’t exist.

I came across this article from Harvard Health Publishing that talks about “Harnessing the Upside of Stress”. Hopefully, it will give you a different perspective on how to harness this strange energy we’ve all been feeling. Check out this excerpt from the article:

          “Changing your mindset doesn’t mean taking a Pollyanna view of the world. The key isn’t to deny stress, but to recognize and acknowledge it—and then to find the upside, because a full-throttle fight-or-flight response is not the only possible reaction to stress (at least when the stress does not involve a potentially life-threatening situation).”

Take care of yourself and those you love, everyone!

Dr. Carmen April          Dr. Carmen April is an entrepreneur and community leader recognized as a Nashville Business Journal 2020 Women of Influence Award Recipient, Nashville Emerging Leader (NELA) Award Winner, a Nashville Business Journal Top 40 Under Forty Award Recipient, is a Graduate of the New Leaders Council Institute – Nashville Chapter, Young Leaders Council (YLC) Leadership Institute and is a Nashville Power Moves Award Winner. She is a Podiatrist and Owner of The Foot And Ankle Healthcare Center, PC in the Nashville area. She is a Reiki Master, a Law of Attraction Practitioner, and an advocate for the power of positive thinking! Dr. April is available for speaking engagements on Leadership & Life Leadership for College Students and Young Professionals and is the creator of the “Design Your Story” Women’s Empowerment Series.

No Act of Kindness is too small

No Act of Kindness is Too Small

Pray For Nashville

“No Act of Kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”

          When the tornado blew through Nashville in the middle of the night/early morning of March 3rd, 2020 it left with it a path of destruction, unimaginable to any of us who went to sleep Monday night thinking Tuesday would be business as usual. I live about 10 minutes from where most of the damage in Nashville took place and, honestly, slept through it. I woke to tons of text messages from family and friends checking in to make sure we were safe. The news was non-stop that day with live coverage of all the destruction. Having been through a fire to my townhome the first year I lived in Nashville, I remember how good the residents of this city were to me and waited for direction on ways to help those affected by the tornado.

When the call came in for donations of toiletries and cleaning products to help those affected by the tornado, I went to one of my favorite dollar stores, Dollar General (headquartered in Goodlettsville – right outside of Nashville), to grab what I could to help! I filled my basket with as much as I could and donated them to a collection site in North Nashville, Lee Chapel AME Church.

Nashville Tornado Relief

 

Nashville Tornado Relief

 

Nashville Tornado Relief

 

 

I was able to get back to Lee Chapel AME Church with several other ladies from the Junior League of Nashville that Friday to sort toiletries, blankets, etc. It was amazing to see so many Nashvillians, who at the drop a dime, came out asking “What can I do?”, “What do you need” and “show me where you need me to help!” #NashvilleStrong

 

 

Nashville Food Project

 

The Nashville Food Project – I was already schedule to volunteer at the Nashville Food Project the Saturday following the tornado, but the need was a bit more urgent after the storm. My Hubby and a couple wonderful Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority sisters were there as well and we prepped for 1,000 additional meals (in addition to the meals for their regular meal recipients) to support tornado relief.

 

 

 

I don’t think I’ve ever cracked so many eggs in all my life lol! I’m sure that French Toast Casserole was delicious!

Nashville Food Project

    I couldn’t restore the power to those without it like the NES crews did. Handling a chain-saw to cut down trees isn’t in my skill set either, but I did what I could to help those who needed it the most during such a trying time. Let us all remember that at any given time No act of kindness is ever too small.

Dr. Carmen April                Dr. Carmen April is an entrepreneur and community leader recognized as a Nashville Business Journal 2020 Women of Influence Award Recipient, Nashville Emerging Leader (NELA) Award Winner, a Nashville Business Journal Top 40 Under Forty Award Recipient, is a Graduate of the New Leaders Council Institute – Nashville Chapter, Young Leaders Council (YLC) Leadership Institute and is a Nashville Power Moves Award Winner. She is a Podiatrist and Owner of The Foot And Ankle Healthcare Center, PC in the Nashville area. She is a Reiki Master, a Law of Attraction Practitioner, and an advocate for the power of positive thinking! Dr. April is available for speaking engagements on Leadership & Life Leadership for College Students and Young Professionals and is the creator of the “Design Your Story” Women’s Empowerment Series.

Dr. Carmen April: 2020 Nashville Business Journal Woman Of Influence

Dr. Carmen April: 2020 Nashville Business

Journal Woman Of Influence

 

Dr Carmen April Nashville Business Journal Women of Influence 2020

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  I’m honored to be among the 2020 Nashville Business Journal’s Women of Influence Award recipients. I’ve attended the recognition luncheon as a guest the past couple of years and am humbled to be one of those being recognized this year 🙏🏽
❐ Updated, full-length feature from the Nashville Business Journal 8/14/2020: https://www.bizjournals.com/nashville/news/2020/08/13/women-of-influence.html
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“The Nashville Business Journal is pleased to introduce you to 35 Nashville women making a difference.
From holding leadership roles at top companies to starting their own successful businesses to having a positive impact on the community, these are the female leaders making tomorrow’s history today.”
Nashville Business Journal 2020 Women of Influence
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Dr. Carmen AprilDr. Carmen April is an entrepreneur and community leader recognized as a Nashville Business Journal 2020 Women of Influence Award Recipient, Nashville Emerging Leader (NELA) Award Winner, a Nashville Business Journal Top 40 Under Forty Award Recipient, is a Graduate of the New Leaders Council Institute – Nashville Chapter, Young Leaders Council (YLC) Leadership Institute and is a Nashville Power Moves Award Winner. She is a Podiatrist and Owner of The Foot And Ankle Healthcare Center, PC in the Nashville area. She is a Reiki Master, a Law of Attraction Practitioner, and an advocate for the power of positive thinking! Dr. April is available for speaking engagements on Leadership & Life Leadership for College Students and Young Professionals and is the creator of the “Design Your Story” Women’s Empowerment Series.

Mr. Calvin April: Recipient of the 2020 Dorothy Love Coates Living Legend Award

Mr. Calvin April: Recipient of the 2020 Dorothy

Love Coates Living Legend Award by The

American Gospel Quartet Convention

 

Mr Calvin April Pilgrim Wonders

 

I’m so proud of my Daddy and glad to be with him as he received the “Dorothy Love Coates Living Legend Award” by the American Gospel Quartet Convention on January 23rd, 2020!! My Dad, Mr. Calvin April, has been a writer, producer and singer for over 6 decades. He began his career when he was just a teenager with the Canton Spirituals, ventured into the R&B genre for a while, was signed to STAX records and even performed on Soul Train with Don Cornelius! When he returned to his gospel roots, most of his major hits came as the lead singer of gospel group, The Pilgrim Wonders. He wrote, produced and sang lead on hit, “The Time is Now”, a song that stayed on the Billboard Top 10 chart for 16 months! With 18 albums to his credit and a lifetime of ministering to others, this award is well deserved and our entire family couldn’t be more proud!

Mr Calvin April The Pilgrim Wonders

Mr Calvin April The Pilgrim Wonders

 

Dr. Carmen April          Dr. Carmen April is an entrepreneur and community leader recognized as a Nashville Emerging Leader (NELA) Award Winner, a Nashville Business Journal Top 40 Under Forty Award Recipient, is a Graduate of the New Leaders Council Institute – Nashville Chapter, Young Leaders Council (YLC) Leadership Institute and is a Nashville Power Moves Award Winner. She is a Podiatrist and Owner of The Foot And Ankle Healthcare Center, PC in the Nashville area. She is a Reiki Master, a Law of Attraction Practitioner, and an advocate for the power of positive thinking! Dr. April is available for speaking engagements on Leadership & Life Leadership for College Students and Young Professionals and is the creator of the “Design Your Story” Women’s Empowerment Series.

Junior League of Nashville presents Bought & Sold: Nashville’s Human Trafficking Problem

Junior League of Nashville presents Bought &

Sold: Nashville’s Human Trafficking Problem

and

how we can be part of the solution

 

 

Hi everyone!
I’m a member of the Junior League of Nashville’s Human Trafficking Awareness Committee and all month (January 2020) we’ve been presenting a full curriculum of trainings, education opportunities and documentary film screenings on the issue of Human Trafficking.
In partnership with some of our community partners, we are hosting a free, public event at the end of the month to candidly dig in to this issue – happening right here in our city. It would be impactful to have you join us, as influential community leaders, in this conversation.  Learn from local experts about how human trafficking impacts all of us, as community members, and understand more regarding the comprehensive efforts being made to combat human trafficking right here in Middle Tennessee.
The Junior League of Nashville and our partners want to help you learn more about this issue and be a part of the solution. Join us for an insightful program and interactive panel discussion shedding light on Nashville’s human trafficking problem and how our city is working to solve it.
Thursday, January 30th, 2020 at Junior League of Nashville (2202 Crestmoor Rd, Nashville, TN 37215)
5:30 pm  Registration & Networking
6:00 pm  Bought and Sold Program followed by Panel Discussion Featuring:
•Detective Jeff Rowe, Franklin Police Department
•Sarah Wolfson, Davidson County Asst. District Attorney
•Margie Quinn, End Slavery Tennessee
•Rick Stout, Special Agent with Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
•Stacia Freeman, Founder of Epic Girl
•Human Trafficking Survivor
•Moderator: Dr. Nahed Artoul Zehr, President, Junior League of Nashville
For community RSVP’s, please contact Ashley Wood at ashley.wood@vumc.org  . For Junior League of Nashville member RSVP’s, please use Digital Cheetah.
Dr. Carmen AprilDr. Carmen April is an entrepreneur and community leader recognized as a Nashville Emerging Leader (NELA) Award Winner, a Nashville Business Journal Top 40 Under Forty Award Recipient, is a Graduate of the New Leaders Council Institute – Nashville Chapter, Young Leaders Council (YLC) Leadership Institute and is a 2018 Nashville Power Moves Award Winner. She is a Podiatrist and Owner of The Foot And Ankle Healthcare Center, PC in the Nashville area. She is also the creator and owner of Ann DeVeaux, an online fashion boutique donating a portion of its profits to feminine hygiene products for victims of sex trafficking and abuse. She is a Reiki Master, a Law of Attraction Practitioner, and an advocate for the power of positive thinking! Dr. April is available for speaking engagements on Leadership & Life Leadership for College Students and Young Professionals and is the creator of the “Design Your Story” Women’s Empowerment Series.

New Look. New Mission.

New Look. New Mission

 

Ann DeVeaux Boutique

 

I created the Ann DeVeaux Brand in 2017 as a fashion Boutique for curvy fashionistas. Although we did very well meeting the fashion needs of curvy girls everywhere, I felt a void in the area of doing good. That strong desire to help meet the needs of vulnerable populations resulted in what Ann DeVeaux is today – a social enterprise that does well WHILE doing good! Through my membership with and training regarding human trafficking via The Junior League of Nashville, I became involved with assisting victims, survivors and organizations that support them.

Every Ann DeVeaux purchase provides feminine hygiene products & monetary support to victims of sex slavery & trafficking. Sex slavery & trafficking still exists in this country and all over the world.

 

Did you know…………..

❐ Sex slavery and trafficking is the 2nd largest and fastest growing crime in the world (2nd only to #1 drug trafficking).

❐ The average age of entry into sex trafficking is just 13 y/o. 80% of the victims are female. 50% of the victims are children. 2 children are trafficked every minute.

 

Would you join us in doing good? Check out our shirts and necklaces at Ann DeVeaux HERE

 

Dr. Carmen AprilDr. Carmen April is an entrepreneur and community leader recognized as a Nashville Emerging Leader (NELA) Award Winner, a Nashville Business Journal Top 40 Under Forty Award Recipient, is a Graduate of the New Leaders Council Institute – Nashville Chapter and is a 2018 Nashville Power Moves Award Winner. She is a Podiatrist and Owner of The Foot And Ankle Healthcare Center, PC in the Nashville area. She is also the creator and owner of Ann DeVeaux, an online fashion boutique donating a portion of its profits to feminine hygiene products for victims of sex trafficking and abuse. She is a Reiki Master, a Law of Attraction Practitioner, and an advocate for the power of positive thinking! Dr. April is available for speaking engagements on Leadership & Life Leadership for College Students and Young Professionals and is the creator of the “Design Your Story” Women’s Empowerment Series.