Through NYDC's partnership with The National Center for Bio Ethics & Research and Health Care at Tuskegee University, we are able to focus attention on the patterns of health care services, the appropriate uses of bio technology and the effect on the population in America and the Western Hemisphere.

The partnership also focuses on national awareness and public education initiatives and forums. The head of the center is Dr. Reuben Warren, a former colleague of Richard T Smith from their days as directors at the Roxbury Medical Technical Institute in Boston, where they focused on issues related to the health awareness of young adults in Boston's neighborhoods.

Health fairs, though important, are just the beginning. The development of a more holistic health consciousness within our communities is essential to our goals of economic, social, and political progress. You can't think clearly if you are not eating well, and eating well is the first step toward being well.

Through individual counseling, group discussions and an upcoming series of planned events, we are going to be making health awareness a priority for our students, using them to spread this consciousness throughout the community through peer relations and through extended family systems. Rather than segregating health consciousness to a single series of events, we want to integrate a more powerful consciousness about diet, exercise, mindfulness, and playfulness into everything we do at NYDC.

This is a win-win situation for us.  In a society where the three-martini lunch - or a a few hits on a bong - is considered an appropriate way to reduce stress, we want to teach our students how to reduce stress naturally, without drugs or alcohol, both by example and by bringing important information to them about how substance abuse affects not only your own body, but the entire community. 

We know that abstinence messages don't work, but messages about right behavior do get through to individuals when they begin to realize that their behavior contributes to the overall conditions in their communities. 

If these ideas strike fire in your heart, then we want to hear from you, use this form to let us know you're interested: