Dr K's THOUGHTS & REFLECTIONS
Kendra Outler, MD, MPH
Founder & CEO
I want to share with all of you my best gift ever. It was a note. I was packing up and moving from Atlanta, Georgia to San Antonio, Texas for medical school. A sweet woman, the mother of the dorms, said, “wait, I have something for you.” She took a piece of post-it and handed it to me. It said, “Keep a prayer on your lips and a song in your heart.”
As I read the paper and stuck it to my wallet, she laid a finger on my forehead and prayed for me. It was a simple act of kindness and love. Family, as we listen to the news cycle from Ahmad’s court case to the COVID-19 variants, we must remember it is the simple things in life that matter the most. We have the ability to practice humanity towards one another.
COVID-19 has dropped the life expectancy of all Americans for the year 2019 to 2021 to levels seen only during WWII. The group expected to be most affected by this shortened life-span due to the pandemic is African Americans. It is critical that we concentrate on how to breathe life back into our lives, our families and our communities. This project gives me life and it is my sincere hope that it gives it back to you.
Dr K's MUST READ
From the classical Greeks to the Romans, from the Middle East to the Western Hemisphere, the history of this plant is exhaustive. By the time I heard about it, I was 10 years old walking my neighborhood in Houston, Texas and seeing the guys washing cars belting out the words “Marrryy Jaaannne! I love her just the same!!” At 16 these young men and girls were falling hard for her.