Street Beat: Minority Medical Issues

This week on Street Beat, host Amyre Makupson learns about medical issues that are prominent in minority communities.

Remonia Chapman and Kim Zasa from Gift of Life Michigan with Street Beat host Amyre Makupson. (credit: Remy Murrey, CBS 62/CW50)

Remonia Chapman and Kim Zasa from Gift of Life Michigan with Street Beat host Amyre Makupson. (credit: Remy Murrey, CBS 62/CW50)

First, two African American brothers are given heart transplants.  Dominique and Stan Larkin both used artificial hearts implanted by Jonathan Haft, M.D prior to the heart transplant.

Dr. Wanda Whitten-Shurney and Kristian Garrison from the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America – Michigan Chapter with Street Beat host Amyre Makupson. (credit: Remy Murrey, CBS 62/CW50)

Dr. Wanda Whitten-Shurney and Kristian Garrison from the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America – Michigan Chapter with Street Beat host Amyre Makupson. (credit: Remy Murrey, CBS 62/CW50)

Next, Remonia Chapman, Director Gift of Life Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program, and Kim Zasa, Volunteer Coordinator and Secretary of State Liaison, Gift of Life Michigan, talk about the need for minority organ donations and their upcoming event.

Dr. Wanda Whitten-Shurney, Kristian Garrison, and Street Beat host Amyre Makupson demonstrate the #HighFiveGive5 social media fundraiser. (credit: Remy Murrey, CBS 62/CW50)

Dr. Wanda Whitten-Shurney, Kristian Garrison, and Street Beat host Amyre Makupson demonstrate the #HighFiveGive5 social media fundraiser. (credit: Remy Murrey, CBS 62/CW50)

Next, Dr. Wanda Whitten-Shurney, the CEO and Medical Director of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America – Michigan Chapter; and patient Kristian Garrison talk about sickle cell disease and their fundraising walk.

Kristian Hurley and Darren Nichols from the Southeast Michigan American Heart Association with Street Beat host Amyre Makupson (credit: Remy Murrey, CBS 62/CW50)

Kristian Hurley and Darren Nichols from the Southeast Michigan American Heart Association with Street Beat host Amyre Makupson (credit: Remy Murrey, CBS 62/CW50)

Finally, Kristian Hurley, the Multicultural Director for the southeast Michigan American Heart Association, and Darren Nichols, a stroke survivor, talk about heart health in African Americans and the upcoming goREDTALKS, Most Powerful Voices Gospel Concert and Health Expo.

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