'Community Focus' is EASY 93.1's long-running signature community affairs program, airing each Sunday morning at 6:50 a.m. ET, hosted by correspondents Ellen Jaffe and Jeff Martin.
Movember - Prostate Awareness Month
Guest: Dr. Jonathan Silberstein, Chief of Urologic Oncology, Memorial Health Systems Dr. Silberstein is a 'Movember' Ambassador, encouraging men not to shave during the month of November as a way to spread awareness about Men's Health, and in particular Prostate Cancer Awareness. Silberstein talks about testing for Prostate Cancer, the challenges in determining whether or not treatment is necessary, and shreds the myth that the DRE (Digital Rectal Exam) is the only option for testing. A simple PSA blood test can now show if prostate cancer is present, and how aggressively it may develop. He encourage all men to join the movement and go without shaving during the month, and recognizes the important role women play in encouraging men to get annual medical checkups.
NAMI Miami (National Alliance on Mental Illness - Veterans
Guests: Kathy Coppola, Executive Director, NAMI Miami (National Alliance on Mental Illness).
Anita Herron, National Manager of Educational Programs, Homefront Program, NAMI
The program focuses on mental health challenges Veterans face when transitioning to civilian life, and the impact of their experiences on family and friends. Coppola is the daughter of a World War II Veteran; Herron’s father is a Vietnam Veteran, and her husband is a Veteran of the ongoing war in Afghanistan. They share their personal stories of how each Veteran handled their emotional difficulties differently and explain how a Veteran’s abilities to cope with the lasting effects of war are often dependent on the cultural norms of the time: the public’s reaction to the war, expectations of gender-specific behavior, and the availability of Mental Health Assistance, which until recently has been largely stigmatized by both the Military and the general public. Acceptance of Mental Health Care is growing, and NAMI has programs, such as ‘Homefront’ specifically for Veterans. http://www.namimiami.org
Miami-Dade County Water & Sewer Department
Guest: Jennifer Messemer, Media & Public Relations Officer, Miami-Dade WASD.
Messemer alerts Miami-Dade residents that for two weeks, from November 8th thru November 21st, water pipes will be flushed, an annual process to keep the water from the Biscayne Aquifer as clean and pristine as possible. During this time, residents may notice a slight chlorine taste in their water, or some cloudiness. They can just run the tap for a few minutes and the water will clear. Messemer also provides tips on keeping pipes clear and running smoothly, including their 'Can the Grease' promotion, to prevent people form pouring grease down pipes, which eventually solidifies and clogs the pipes. She also offers water-saving tips, and shares information about rebates the county offers for switching to energy-efficient shower heads, toilets and more.