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Save A Life - WCSU

Oct 27, 2021 WCSUFM is participating in the nationally sponsored Save A Life Campaign. A year-long project featuring stories about the impact of Covid-19 on African Americans and other minority groups. WCSUFM and two dozen other HBCU radio stations across the country are participating in this educational initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

This month, WCSUFM producer Kathryn Mobley speaks with an African American woman who was treated for breast cancer during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

At diagnosis, Keisha Straight was 41 and living with her young son in Indianapolis, Ind. Her mammogram revealed stage three metastatic breast cancer in her left breast. She had no insurance, most of her family was in her hometown of Dayton, Ohio and a respiratory virus was throwing the world into global chaos!

Hear Keisha's story on WCSUFM 88.9 Jazzy. Alone and armed with her faith in God, she faced this difficult challenges alone. Now she's created a book to help others who walk this path. Find it at

The gap in breast cancer incidence and outcome among Black women is complex and multifactorial. According to the American Cancer Society, African American women have a higher incidence of breast cancer than their White counter parts. Forty percent of these black women are more likely to die.

Additionally, social, economic, and behavioral factors partially account for disparities. Numerous medical research studies show Black women are more likely to have diabetes, heart disease, and to be obese. In addition, many are less likely to breastfeed after childbirth. All of these factors put Black women at a greater risk for breast cancer. Compounding the problem, when compared to their White counterparts, African American women are more likely to have inadequate health insurance and poor access to health care facilities, which can impact their ability to get early screenings, follow-up care and complete therapies/treatments.

Learn more about early breast cancer detection at

Dec 10, 2021 During the COVID-19 Pandemic, an estimated 650-thousand became unemployed. According to the Economic Policy Institute, in 2020--about 12-percent African Americans were navigating unemployment.

But in Ohio and in many states across the country…their Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation has been stolen. In Ohio, there is a push to retrieve hundreds of thousands of dollars and return them to their rightful owners. Leading the charge is Ohio State Senator Teresa Fedor (11th District).

Jan 11, 2022 Dr. Sonia Hunt is the director of counseling services at Central State University (CSU) in Wilberforce, Ohio. She joins WCSU FM producer Kathryn Mobley as part of the Save A Life campaign.

Dr. Hunt describes the psychological impact the Covid Pandemic is having on college students at CSU and nationwide.

Save A Life is a nationally sponsored, educational campaign. WCSU FM and about two dozen other HBCU radio stations across the country are producing stories about the impact of Covid on African Americans and other minorities. Save A Life is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Feb 27, 2022 WCSU FM special project producer Kathryn Mobley talks with Michelle Person about her new curriculum, Meanwhile In Africa. Designed for third to fifth graders, the program highlights the amazing contributions of individuals from Africa's many nations.

Mar 25, 2022 Get a free COVID test, vaccinations and booster at Central State University. Open to the public.

Come to the Admin. Annex on Brush Row Road across from the Newsome Administration Bld.

Tuesdays-Thursdays 10am-3pm and Fridays 12:30pm-4pm.

This clinic is open to the public! Save A Life--it may be yours!

May 19, 2022 Anthony Watson is a nurse in the Dayton area with 25-years of experience. While working at an area hospital taking care of a Covid patient, he contracted the virus and became seriously ill. Watson thought he would die and struggled for several months. Since recovering, he's refocused his company, Ace Healthy Products, to provide Covid testing and vaccinations via a mobile unit.

Now Watson and his team are partnering with Central State University to offer a range of health tests and education to the medically underserved in Southwest Dayton and the surrounding area.

Jul 29, 2021 Central State University Health & Wellness Center are partnering with Ace Healthy Products to put on Covid-19 vaccine clinics. The next one is August 1, Sunday, at Central State University. *FREE/Open to Public from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

*University Student Center Amphitheater

*Eligible participants win a $100 gift card!

*No pre-registration

In July, more than a dozen students received their first round of the Moderna vaccine. WCSU Producer Kathryn Mobley interviewed two of these students, Sophomore Davasia Barfield-Hutchins (Cleveland, OH) and Junior Henry Gray (Detroit, MI). Both are Social Work majors.

While they admit they had some reservations, they're encouraging their friends and others to get vaccinated.

This story is part of the national 'Save A Life Campaign'. A year-long educational initiative WCSU is participating in along with more than a dozen other HBCU radio stations from across the country. Each station is producing a series of stories about the impact of COVID-19, vaccines and other related issues upon African Americans and minority groups.