These monthly pages focus on health disparities in the Pittsburgh region. They educate the reader about key health issues and inform them about research opportunities and community resources. All articles can be accessed online at the New Pittsburgh Courier Web site. The monthly series is a partnership of the New Pittsburgh Courier, Community PARTners (a core service of the University of Pittsburgh’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute—CTSI), the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh and the UPMC Center for Engagement and Inclusion.
This month, the “Take Charge of Your Health Today” page focuses on our eyes—understanding eye health and the range of resources available here in Allegheny County. Jennifer Jones, MPH, community engagement coordinator of Community PARTners, and Esther L. Bush, president and CEO of the Urban League, sat down to talk about why having healthy eyes is important for all of us.
JJ: Happy New Year, Ms. Bush! It’s been a few weeks since our last health page, and it’s nice to talk with you again. In the fall we had meetings to pick what health topics we’d focus on each month. You voted for eye health as a topic to which we needed to bring attention. Why is this important to both you and the African American community?