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Vaccines for Ages 5-11

Dr. Cynthia Morrow

by Cynthia Morrow,
MD, MPH

Last week the Food and Drug Administration approved a COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11years old. At the time of writing this column, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACP) will meet soon to consider this recommendation. If the ACIP and the director of the Centers for Disease Control recommend this vaccine, parents may be able to get their children vaccinated later this week. Here are a few common questions that parents may have about the vaccine: Continue reading Vaccines for Ages 5-11

Virginia Council of Deliberation awards the “Commander-in-Chief of the Year”

Benjamin Harrison (l) and Dr. John Vernon, Jr. (r)

On Saturday, Oct. 30, at Richmond, VA’s Double Tree Hotel by Hilton, Dr. John W. Vernon, Jr. was recognized as the State of Virginia Council of Deliberation (VCOD) “Commander-in-Chief of the Year.” He was awarded this honor by Sovereign Grand Inspectors General (SGIG) Most Illustrious Commander in Chief Benjamin Harrison at the Annual Convocation.

GIG Dr. John W. Vernon, Jr. was honored for the charitable work, leadership and community service noted over the proceeding year. He commented to State Leaders that Acorn Consistory #103 has worked together and submitted all work in a timely manner and its their combined effort that allowed him to be recognized.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. partners with National Disability Institute

BALTIMORE, MD — Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the nation’s oldest intercollegiate fraternity for African-American college men in the nation, has established a partnership this month with National Disability Institute (NDI) the first and only national organization exclusively focused on the financial health and well-being of people with disabilities. Notably, October is National Employment Disability Awareness Month.

The partnership, which aims to raise awareness of the social, economic, and attitudinal barriers faced by those with disabilities and their families, will help to advance the financial, physical, and mental health for members of the fraternity as well as for students, family members, coworkers, and other individuals through social and community relationships. It also hopes to institute concrete methods and initiatives to combat and alter the stigma around disability and those it affects. Continue reading Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. partners with National Disability Institute

Announcing RRHA’s Canned Food Drive to Fill Reusable Bags

by Kaelyn Spickler

The City of Roanoke Redevelopment and Housing Authority is hosting a canned food drive for RRHA to Fill Reusable Bags, now through November 30 to benefit their residents.

The goal is to uplift the health and well-being of the 1,500 families living in RRHA’s eight neighborhoods. Community-wide donations are being accepted at RRHA’s Central Office, located at 2624 Salem Turnpike N.W., and participating community locations. Any non-perishable food item (i.e. pasta, rice, cereal, peanut butter, canned fruits and vegetables as canned beans, soup, tomato sauce, etc.) is welcomed. Continue reading Announcing RRHA’s Canned Food Drive to Fill Reusable Bags

Join the process and VOTE!

As Virginia goes, so goes the nation. GET INVOLVED!

by S. Hale and Shawn Nowlin

It’s off-year election time again and in less than two weeks, citizens nationwide will cast their vote in a host of races. The race for governor in Virginia is a critical warning – fueled by the notion that as Virginia goes so goes the nation – a statement that.

Recent polls show McAuliffe and Youngkin tied at 48 percent each with a small percentage of voters reportedly undecided. Also on the ballot is Libertarian Princess Blanding who trails with 1%. Continue reading Join the process and VOTE!