WHAT ARE WE ALL ABOUT?
Jean Braxton- Founder
“Ol’Loreece” (pronounced Ola-Reese) may sound like a nonsense word, but the foundation’s name is anything but meaningless. Founder Jean Braxton chose the name from a word created by her oldest son, who passed away in October 2012 from heart disease. He created the word to combine the names of his grandmother, niece and nephew, and the name stuck in the Braxton family.
The Ol’Loreece Foundation is proud to advocate men’s health awareness with Permission to Talk: Men, Medicine & Music. This fundraising event of the foundation is dedicated to getting and keeping men healthy through awareness, support and entertainment.
Permission to Talk: Men, Medicine & Music is a fundraiser created by the Ol’Loreece Foundation to save and extend the lives of men by pairing much-needed health information with music and entertainment into an annual event.
A report from the Center for Disease Control says that women are 33% more likely than men to see a doctor for a medical problem. Plus, women survive men by more than five years on average, compared to just a one-year difference in 1920. The Men’s Health Network reports that men die at higher rates than women for all of the top 10 causes of death, from heart disease, to cancers, to cirrhosis.
This is why the Ol’Loreece Foundation started Permission to Talk: Men, Medicine & Music. What started in 2011 as an awareness effort has become an impassioned movement to bridge the gap between men’s and women’s health and help men covert potentially hazardous behaviors and take control of their own well-being.
We don’t think health education should mean attending a stuffy seminar filled with medical jargon. Our goal is to create awareness through an annual event that pairs easy-to-understand information with music and entertainment, putting a face on difficult topics and opening the door for men to speak about their health and well-being in a comfortable environment.
Throughout the year, Permission to Talk helps men get (and stay) healthy by:
Humanizing health issues: Many men see concern for their health as a sign of weakness. It’s time to say that it’s OK to take charge of your health and welfare.
Educating: Research has shown that men are less knowledgeable about health, putting them at risk for illness or potential accidents. When it comes to staying healthy, knowledge is power.
Increasing awareness: Men who deny and minimize symptoms likely don’t see themselves at risk for health problems. Being informed about possible outcomes can lead more men to take precautions with their own health.
Finding support: Psychologists say that men, on average, have fewer friends and smaller social networks than women, and studies show a link between social support and better health. Whether it’s going to church or starting a poker night, support for men can come from many places.
Creating a Plan: Just like men have a maintenance plan for their car, they need the same for their bodies. Regularly scheduled tune-ups will help recognize problems and ensure things are running just right.
Harnessing strengths: The stereotype of men being achievement-oriented, competitive problem-solvers can work to healthcare providers’ advantages; the key is to explain to them how they can beat diseases by taking control.
MEET THE TEAM
Willie L. Payne
Willie L. Payne is the founder and president of Payne Pest Management Inc., which currently serves San Diego, Orange and Riverside counties. Before starting his own company in 2006, Willie worked for the world’s largest pest control company for 29 years, serving as the number one sales person for seven consecutive years among more than 3,900 salespeople. Willie’s success in business brought a desire to give back, and Permission to Talk channels his lifelong interest in music into a cause that can save lives.
Ola "Jean" Robinson Braxton
Founder Ola “Jean ” Braxton, a retired healthcare professional and active entertainment industry professional. Jean spent 34 years in the medical industry working in radiology and cardiology. During that time, she worked with medical outreach programs, partnering with Oakmont High School’s Health Academy in California and bringing in guest speakers like Dr. Patch Adams and Olympic Gold Medalist Skater Dr. Eric Heiden. After retiring from the medical field, Jean moved into the entertainment industry, and was the executive producer for national recording artist Tom Braxton.
With a passion for music and philanthropy, Jean has a special interest in supporting men’s health. Many years in the medical field, a prostate cancer experience that her business partner shared and the loss of her son to heart disease all factored in for her to begin the charge to draw more attention to men talking about their health.
Jonathan A. Hemphill, MD
Jonathan A. Hemphill, M.D., built his career in invasive and noninvasive clinical Cardiology. Dr. Hemphill is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology and interventional cardiology and is university-trained in all aspects of bedside clinical cardiology, hemodynamic monitoring and cardiac catherization. He is proficient in noninvasive cardiology including M-mode, 2-D and Doppler echocardiography, trans-esophageal echocardiography, treadmill testing and interpretation of stress echocardiograms.
Dr. Hemphill is also an accomplished guitarist and has a band that performs for fundraisers.
Kathleen Payne is the chief financial officer/treasurer for Payne Pest Management Inc. and is a 45% owner of the corporation. Kathleen has more than 30 years experience in the accounting field and holds a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Accounting from the University of Phoenix. Kathleen ran a successful bookkeeping service for five years and still maintains several clients. Prior to owning her own businesses, Kathleen worked in various industries as the head accounting professional including construction, retail and service. Kathleen’s passion for Permission to Talk is inspired by the many men in her family and a drive to keep them—and all men—in good health.
Joyce Myers is a Site Supervisor for the Sutter Medical Foundation Urology Department. She has more than 35 years of experience in the medical field, including radiation oncology and urology. She has also served as a manager, administrator, and executive director during all phases of designing and building a multi-specialty facility. Early in her career, Joyce spearheaded a volunteer driver campaign with the American Cancer Society that provided patients with transportation to radiation treatments. Stemming from her work in the medical industry, Joyce has a passion and desire to bring awareness to men’s health issues, particularly in the area of prostate cancer.
John Chin, M.D
John Chin, M.D., F.A.CC, a practicing cardiologist, is actively involved in clinical research in the areas of congestive heart failure, cardiac transplantation, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and coronary intervention and device therapy. He is the local primary investigator for multiple studies, including Val-Heft, Valiant, Value, Scd-Heft, Companion, Accomplish, Emphasis trial, RED-HF, and COMPARE Trial. Current trials include: Music Study, PROTECT STUDY, and the Relypsa Study. Dr. Chin initiated a VAD (Ventricular Assist Device) program?, and is involved in 77 advanced heart failure therapeutics. He is invited to give lectures locally 4-5 times per month locally, and has also given lectures in China and across the nation for the Heart Failure Society of America.