28 Sep

Our Team

The Renewing Health Foundation is led by a team of physicians who volunteer their time to design and implement programs in an effort empower their community. Led by Dr. Michael G. Knight, the Executive Team works in an advisory capacity, and oversees all activities of the foundation. Once an initiative is approved by the Executive Team, volunteer program assistants work on the design and implementation of each community program.


Executive Team

Michael G. Knight, MD
Founder & President


Yvonne E. Knight, MBA
Purpose and Passion in Pink! Program Coordinator


Beverly Lewin
Purpose and Passion in Pink! Program Coordinator


Board of Directors

Travelle Franklin-Ford Ellis, MD, PhD
Chair of the Board


Michael G. Knight, MD


Kene Chukwuanu, MD, MPH


Jennifer J. Parker, MD, PhD


Kendrick Gwynn, MD, MPH


Krystilyn L. Washington, MD



28 Sep

Minority Health

Living Your Best Life! is a health education program focused on chronic disease prevention and awareness in urban minority communities.

Chronic medical diseases continue to have a disproportionate impact on minority communities. Though medical research has made great strides in the diagnosis and management of diseases such as Hypertension, High Cholesterol, and Type 2 Diabetes, the effectiveness of the current approaches in disease prevention lag in communities of color.

Living Your Best Life! was designed to promote chronic disease prevention, through health awareness education in urban communities through live, interactive community sessions, health fair participation, and a video health series.

Since 2012, Living Your Best Life! has been implemented in communities and faith-based institutions in the Bronx and Harlem areas of New York City. Interactive, community sessions have been held with up to 300 participants on topics such as Obesity, Diabetes, and High Blood Pressure.

In the spring of 2015, in collaboration with the Greater New York Conference of SDA, production began for a “Health Minute” video series, on health topics from Cancer Screening to Heart Disease. These 13 episodes will be made available to the public for use as online aids, visual aids for a “Health Minute” segment during the transition between church services, aids for Health fairs and events, or as a part of a church’s health ministry program.

25 Sep

Breast Cancer in African American Women

Nationally, African-American women have the highest breast cancer death rates of all racial groups, and are 40% more likely to die of breast cancer than Caucasian women.

African-American women were less likely than white women to get regular mammograms in the past, and these lower screening rates may have increased the chances of African-American women being diagnosed with more advanced breast cancers. However, today African-American women and white women have about the same rates of mammography use.

Access to follow-up care after an abnormal mammogram may explain part of the survival gap between African-American and white women. Some, but not all, findings have shown that African-American women may have more delays in follow-up after an abnormal mammogram than white women. These delays in follow-up may play a role in the lower survival rates among African-American women.

Even after accounting for differences income, past screening rates and access to care, African-American women are diagnosed with more advanced breast cancers and have worse survival than white women.

Differences in reproductive factors and breast cancer biology between African-American women and white women also appear to play a role in these disparities.

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