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Below is an article featuring WISER and it's work with the Gateway Medical Society:
Odell Minniefield inserted a needle in the right side of the chest to let air escape, while a heart monitor beeped quickly. DeVaughn McNary squeezed a bag-valve mask over the mouth of the lifeless figure, providing air.
There are 27 seventh- and eighth-grade boys, mostly from Pittsburgh Public Schools, in Journey to Medicine. In January, 15 sixth-grade boys will be added.
Of the 300 million people in the United States in 2010, 12.7 percent were black, according to the Census Bureau. According to data physicians reported to the American Medical Association in Chicago, 37,833 doctors were black, constituting 3.8 percent of the nation's 985,375 physicians. Black male doctors accounted for 2 percent of the overall total, according to the association.
The most interesting part of their Journey participation has been obtaining certification in CPR and interacting with practicing physicians, they said.
"You know, it's not a quick fix, but we're hoping over time we'll be able to help our community grow by providing care giving from African-Americans, which will help with the disparity in health care, which is how we get to closing the gap," Edwards said.
Other Journey to Medicine supporters include the University of Pittsburgh, Highmark BlueCross BlueShield and the Allegheny County Medical Society.
Article by: Tory N. Parrish is a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review staff writer