Welcome to The Multicultural Health Institute (MHI)
The Multicultural Health Institute (MHI) seeks to level the healthcare playing field by promoting, educating, and ensuring equal healthcare access and treatment for individuals and communities who are traditionally uninsured and receive a poor quality of care. We support programs that educate, identify, and test for diseases such as Cancer, Diabetes, Obesity, Stroke, Cardiovascular Disease, Infant Mortality, HIV/AIDS, and other health issues affecting under-represented communities across the United States which also help reduce the costs of healthcare.
Letter from President of the National Medical Association, Oliver T. Brooks, M.D.
On March 13, 2020, President Trump declared a national state of emergency due
to the rapid spread in the United States of SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus
that causes clinical COVID-19, a clinical respiratory infection with clinical
findings anywhere from asymptomatic carrier to respiratory failure and death.
The NMA is closely monitoring the developments of COVID-19 and its effects on
our health care providers and our broader community. This is a very serious
situation affecting all areas of function of society, beyond medicine, including
but not limited to financial markets/commerce, diversity, legal issues, politics
and telehealth. There is also the added psychological stress that comes with
worry for the health and welfare of ourselves, our families, our colleagues and
As of March 18, 2020, 1:00 p.m. EST, in the U.S., there are 7,324 cases reported
with 115 deaths, with cases reported in all 50 states and 3 of 8 territories. The
number of cases and deaths is increasing daily. The statistics are very
regional and it is clear that we, as health care providers, need to stay
up to date with the activities relevant to our individual locale. I urge
you to monitor, daily, your local or state public health department’s
Related to the NMA, our practice of medicine, and our community I recommend
the following links. All are reputable sources of information. They address a
variety of situations related to COVID-19. STAY INFORMED.
1. For information regarding Screening for SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19:
2. For information of the Economic Effects of COVID-19 on Minorities:
3. For information regarding Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Patients with Suspected or Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Healthcare Settings:
4. For information on Managing Stress associated with COVID-19:
5. For information of the level of Global Disease Burden:
6. For information on the Outpatient Management for Pregnant Women With Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19:
7. For information on COVID-19 in the Pediatric Population:
8. For information on Hospital Care of COVID-19 patients, including ICU:
9. For information on Updated Telehealth and HIPAA guidelines:
10. For information regarding Legal Issues and COVID-19:
U.S. Containment Measures
The U.S. containment measures have so far been mild compared to the nationwide lockdowns imposed in Italy, France and Spain. The virus has infected more than 156,000 people in 142 countries, resulting in over, 5,800 deaths.
Clinical Trials at SMH
Sarasota Memorial is joining two national clinical trials related to the treatment of COVID-19. The first study is testing the antiviral drug remdesivir, while the second trial is evaluating the use of plasma donated by people who have recovered from COVID-19 to treat current patients.
Remdesivir has previously shown promise in the treatment of other types of coronaviruses. SMH is one of the first hospitals in the Southeast region to participate in this worldwide study to assess the medication’s safety and effectiveness in treating COVID-19. To be given the option to participate in the FDA-approved remdesivir trial at SMH, COVID-19 positive patients must be hospitalized, on a ventilator and meet other clinical criteria.
The convalescent plasma study is a clinical trial that is coordinated with the Mayo Clinic to evaluate whether the antibodies in plasma from patients who have recovered from COVID-19 can help newly infected patients. The plasma from just one donor can be used to treat up to four patients. SMH will partner with the Suncoast Blood Centers, which will collect and provide the donated plasma for this FDA-approved trial. Sarasota Memorial Hospital - Florida State University Internal Medicine resident physicians will collaborate with the SMH Clinical Research Team to help gather data to conduct this research.
There is currently no proven, established treatment for COVID-19, which is why participating in this important research is a priority for SMH. We are grateful to the Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation, Inc. for its support of this work.
In addition to participating in the two clinical trials, Sarasota Memorial also is using the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine as well as high dose steroids and specialized antibiotics in the treatment of patients hospitalized with COVID-19.
March Health & Holiday Observances
Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month
National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
National Kidney Month
March 1 - Zero Discrimination Day
March 2 - Read Across America Day
March 3 - World Wildlife Day
March 8 - Daylight Saving Time Begins
March 8 - International Women's Day
March 17 - Saint Patrick's Day
March 19 - Start of Spring (Spring Equinox)
March 24 - American Diabetes Alert Day
March 28 - NAACP Image Awards
March 30 - National Doctors' Day
March 30 - April 3 - National Youth Violence Prevention Week
Newtown CHAT Meeting
Every 4th Tuesday
Robert L. Taylor Community Center.
Next Meeting: Mar 24th
Quit Your Way (Free Nicotine Patches)
Orange Blossom Garden
Next Gathering: Mar 7th
9 AM - 12 PM
Amaryllis Park Neighborhood Association Meeting
Every 4th Thursday
MHI Community Room
Next Meeting: Mar 26th
Cancer Survival Tips
A collaboration between Florida Department of Health and Comprehensive Cancer Control Program shares tips for surviving cancer.
Every 3rd Tuesday
North Sarasota Library.
Next Meeting: Mar 17th
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