De Gullah/Geechee and National Public Health Week

by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com)

I had no idea that the week that I scheduled my check up would be during “National Public Health Week,” but as usual for me, my steps were Divinely Ordered!  So, those steps took me into the doors of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) once again to dialogue with a wonderful array of doctors from those in dentistry to public health to cancer research.  It was truly the best doctor visit I have every had!  🙂

The Gullah/Geechee Sustainability Think Tank has been blessed to be able to convene a cadre of doctors that have been working within the Sea Islands of the Gullah/Geechee Nation on numerous environmental and human health studies.  The outcomes of these studies and how the Gullah/Geechee population can be an active part of healing processes has become central to our interactions and our discussions.  So, I felt blessed and impressed to emerge from another enlightening engagement with several of our MUSC community outreach partners to see a banner that indicated that it was “National Public Health Week.”

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Every week is Gullah/Geechee Public Health Week for me!  So, I wanted to know what the US was celebrating through this designation, so I looked it up online and found out:

  • People in other nations are healthier and live longer lives than those in the U.S.
  • There is a movement to help “Make America the Healthiest Nation in One Generation”  People can join the movement by signing the pledge at http://www.nphw.org/2015.

I welcomed the opportunity to stand with others to make America healthy as I also continue to pledge to bring about more healing and improved health for the Gullah/Geechee community.

Tenk GAWD fa disya dey and de journee!  Gladdee GAWD led me ya fa mek sho mi healthee and fe help heal mo ob we!

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation with Dr. Ford and Dr. Cannady of MUSC discussing community research and outreach.

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation with Dr. Ford and Dr. Cannady of MUSC discussing community research and outreach.

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