WARREN - Using a board as a teacher would, Dr. Kimberly N. Jackson spoke from her heart to the primarily black audience gathered at the ACOP Center on Niles Road S.E. after a regular NAACP meeting.
The physician's talk was less than a half hour, and the advice was quick, simple and filled with common sense.
She was one of two speakers for the day for a continuing series of ''Education Chats'' arranged in observance of Black History Month.
''Diabetes doesn't kill people; uncontrolled diabetes kills people,'' Jackson said, in a rapid-fire delivery that allowed her to hit all the points she had scrawled on the board.
''My job is prevention,'' she said while comparing the top three killers of all Americans - heart disease, stroke and cancer - to the top three killers of African-Americans - heart disease, cancer and kidney disease.
''These can change and cancer could surpass heart disease because of our aging population. But heart disease affects everyone across the board,'' Jackson said.
The family medicine physician who practices out of St. Joseph Health Center and the Community Care Clinic stressed all the screens used for breast colon and prostate cancer, but she also pointed out how free tests and screens are commonly offered at St. Joe's at the Mall and other places.
She likened cholesterol medicine to Dawn dishwashing liquid and how it clears grease of dirty plates.
But Jackson, 32, offered advice, such as, ''Everything in moderation.''
She pointed out how anyone who is diagnosed with cancer is eligible for Medicaid and how she often argues with the insurance companies to gain pre-authorization for some patients.