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Men’s Health Month – Q & A With Dr. Kenneth Greene




June was Men’s Health Month, and as the month comes to a close, Kaiser Permanente is encouraging men to take care of their health by sharing ways they can take steps to do that.

African Americans are at higher risk of diseases like diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. Oakland Post contributor Brandon Patterson talked to Dr. Kenneth Greene specifically about African American men’s health, what Black men should be mindful of, and how they can stay healthy. Check out the interview below and visit for more information.

OP: What’s the main problem you see with how Black men think about their health?

KG: People have to really be strident about taking the opportunities to learn about ways that they can improve their health. Far too often it’s a very passive process. People will come into the doctor when they have a problem. But there’s a lot you can do every day to make sure you don’t have one.

What do people eat? Where do they shop? What options do they have in terms of what they put into their bodies? Then, there’s some very basic tools that are out there like cooking skills that go a long way. It goes back to choices that we make. Foods that we eat. Things that we drink.

OP: That sounds obvious enough. But if you live in a food desert or are low-income like many Black people and can’t afford healthier foods, it’s harder to do.

KG: What’s amazing to me is that there are so many places now that you can get nutritious and healthy food at lower prices. The food banks in California have been a leader on this for many years. Their goal is to prevent people from getting priced out of the market and not be able to have access to nutritious and healthy food. They’re going out of their way to make that possible in communities in a very real way.

You can [also] save an average family 20% of their income by learning to cook a few things. Keep it simple: the white meat. Chicken. Turkey. Tuna fish. They’ll get you so much more for your health compared to going through a fast food drive-in.

OP: How does the COVID-19 pandemic factor into this?

KG: The inflammatory response from COVID-19 is devastating. The odds of a Black male having a bad outcome like kidney failure, being on a ventilator, or dying is 12 times higher than other groups. The best protection is for people to practice social distancing and wear a mask.



East Oakland Organizer Needed

The East Oakland Stadium Alliance (EOSA) is seeking an Oakland-based grassroots organizer for a short-term engagement to help grow and mobilize our coalition! Comprised of local businesses, workers, labor organizations, and community members, we are deeply concerned about the Oakland A’s proposal to leave the Coliseum site in East Oakland and build a new stadium at the port. An ideal candidate has on-the-ground campaign field experience, a strong awareness of Oakland and Alameda County political figures, and deep ties to East and West Oakland communities. Being a local resident of Oakland is a plus.

Employment with EOSA is a part-time role and will last for a minimum of four months with an opportunity to extend longer. Transportation and cell phone use would be reimbursed and candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to Emily Penrod, For more info about EOSA, visit our website and check us out on Twitter @AllianceOakland.


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