It is an absolute pleasure to welcome you to “The Color of Wellness” Magazine as we kick off our maiden issue of what we hope will be a long and impactful endeavor. 

Black Wellness by Black Nurses was a very intentional theme.  We can no longer work silently, or not make time outside of work to educate our communities.

This publication is an effort to reach the masses and educate in a more impactful way.  The voice of issues such as such as health equity and health inequality must continue to be raised in a big way.  Although the healthcare industry is attempting to address these issues, it continues to go largely unnoticed.  The trend of increased spend on healthcare yet decreased wellness across the entire population, especially members of vulnerable demographics, must be brought to the table.  We have seen this magnified during the time of Covid-19, during which this concept was born.

Blacks have died at a substantially higher rate during this pandemic, and the question begs to differ, “Why”?  Because in many of our vulnerable communities, 

our health lacked wellness, which has been found to be linked and influenced by multiple social factors.

As any nurse understands, medical care can only do so much to help an individual. The reason for this is because it’s such a small piece of what actually contributes to overall health and wellness. “Recent estimates attribute 10 to 20 percent of health outcomes to medical care, 30 percent to genetics, 40 to 50 percent to behavior, and 20 percent to the social and physical environment.” That means most of the work in terms of wellness happens outside of the hospital by social determinants (non-medical factors). These social determinants include factors such as where individuals live, learn, work, and age, in addition to socioeconomic status and race.

“The social determinants can impact health directly but also can indirectly impact health by shaping how people behave. Poverty, unemployment, and housing insecurity are all examples of social determinants that result in poor health outcomes.”

As seasoned health professionals, we have observed multiple health disparities at work, home and at play.  But particularly at work.  We have witnessed firsthand how the lack of health literacy and the deficiency of wellness principles in the black community play a pivotal role in the health of our population. This disparity can’t be allowed to continue, which is why this panel of black nurses has come together to shed light on various issues that affect our vulnerable populations.  

The goal is to get in front of the problem. This means a day to day approach, once that can be addressed every second of the day within our lifestyles.   To me, this meant a lifestyle media vehicle that can be infused right at the point of wellness.  Instead of waiting until poor health drives individuals into acute care and into chronic disease, we hope to educate and advocate for lifestyle changes within our control NOW, early on within the spectrum of health.  These changes are pivotal to our health and the health of those we love. 

We are ecstatic to elevate nurses, from the field and the frontlines, into a position to offer sound guidance and start discussions about important issues that predominantly affect people of color and women.  Many of them are educators on a daily basis right now, so what better way to share what we already do, into populations that need us most?   I urge you to sit back and take in the wisdom being shared with you by these women. I also hope you’ll enjoy the advertisements from companies specifically chosen for their proximity and ability to further our mission.

We are perfectly poised to influence the next generation via our circle of amazing contributors and advertisers; that is a circle of color and wellness. Color and wellness no longer must be at odds with each other.  Look at our logo, and notice how we one, combined.   We are “The Color of Wellness”, lets make it beautiful.

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“Where color and wellness collide.”

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Michelle G. Rhodes, MHS, RN, CMCN

Certified Executive Coach

Editor-in- Chief

Categories: Featured

5 Comments

Aastashia · December 24, 2020 at 1:49 pm

Excited to offer this to clients in my practice

    150930639 · May 23, 2021 at 3:32 pm

    We would love to send you a few extra copies if you have subscribeed!

Mona Clayton · December 31, 2020 at 8:50 am

Congratulations on this epic project! I will support!

April Dorn · January 20, 2021 at 8:27 pm

I am a resource to essential workers and I will love the opportunity to share how!

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