Urban Housecall is a multimedia health and wellness resource designed to meet the health information needs of the Black community. Husband and wife team, Dr. Robert C. Robinson III, MD and Dr. Karla L. Robinson, MD developed Urban Housecall Magazine, an online health and wellness magazine in an effort to empower the community to become more active participants in their healthcare by providing relevant and up-to-date health information. Due to the overwhelming response from the community, Drs. Robert and Karla Robinson went on to establish the Urban Housecall Radio Show to promote the message of health and wellness through the airwaves. Their weekly broadcast airing live each Saturday from 11am-12n EST on WGIV Charlotte 103.3FM/1370AM and live streaming on www.wgivcharlotte.com features information on the health issues most pressing in the urban community, celebrity interviews, and practical ways to make the best health and lifestyle choices.
Both natives of Chicago, Drs. Robert and Karla Robinson completed their undergraduate education at Xavier University of Louisiana. Dr. Robert Robinson went on to complete
medical school and Internal Medicine Residency training at the University of Illinois at Chicago, while Dr. Karla Robinson completed medical school at Rush University Medical College and Family Medicine Residency Training at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. After receiving numerous accolades and board certification in their respective specialties, Drs. Robert and Karla Robinson relocated to the Charlotte, North Carolina area with their family.
Prior to launching Urban Housecall, Dr. Karla Robinson spent a number of years in clinical practice as a board-certified Family Physician, while Dr. Robert Robinson is a board-certified Internist working as a hospitalist physician. Their combined inpatient and outpatient medicine experience give them the unique ability to service the community as experts on all the health issues that matter to the urban community the most.
Who we are….
Urban Housecall Magazine is your premier source for up-to-date health and wellness information addressing the healthcare needs of the African American community.
What makes us different….
We are a magazine that is physician owned and physician operated.
Urban Housecall Magazine was founded by African American physicians that have a passion for improving the health of our community. We have seen the impact of the lack of accurate, culturally sensitive medical information firsthand, and know that a change is needed. This is no small task, but can certainly be accomplished through educating our community about health maintenance, preventative medicine strategies, disease management, and the risks of neglecting the care of ourselves physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. We strive to present relevant, relatable, and accurate information you can use. While we realize there are many factors affecting the delivery of health information in the African American community, we KNOW that a foundation of medical information is vital. Knowledge is power! The more we know about our bodies, the more we love our bodies. The more we love our bodies, the more empowered we are to do the very best to take care of them.
What we offer….
- Articles addressing the issues most pressing in the African American community as a unit, as well as specific information relevant to the African American man, woman, and child
- Articles debunking common health myths in the African American community
- Blogs/Forums allowing you to commune with others who are also trying to become more active participants in their healthcare
- Lifestyle modifying resources: healthy recipes, spiritual and inspirational encouragement
- Live, interactive Q &A chat sessions with physicians
- Customized Health Enrichment and Lifestyle (H.E.A.L.) Plan
Editor’s Corner for the Urban Woman
It brings me great joy to present Urban Housecall Magazine to you. Not only has the birthing of this magazine been a labor of love, but a true test of faith. Not long ago, I was in my clinical practice asking God how I could effectively serve the community on a much larger scale. I had no clue that my road would lead me to Urban Housecall. The overall health and wellness of our community has always been a passion of mine. But believe it or not, as a physician in my day-to-day clinical duties I felt as if my destiny was unfulfilled. Although I was treating physical ailments daily, I knew that I had a much greater responsibility to educate and uplift our people regarding the health matters most pressing in our community. Too often as African Americans we are ill-equipped to effectively and efficiently manage our health. This is often due to a lack of knowledge about our bodies, lack of access to medical providers that know enough (or quite frankly care enough) to appreciate cultural differences as it relates to healthcare, and the fear of taking control of our own health. We should definitely be partnering with our healthcare providers to devise a plan of care that we are ALL comfortable with. I want to give you the tools you need to make this a reality. The only way to empower ourselves is through educating ourselves.
On this site you will find relevant, up-to-date, concise information encompassing every area of our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health. We will explore health topics affecting all stages of life. There is something for EVERYBODY….literally! If you find that there are topics that you don’t see represented, or if there is anything you would like to see us do better, please don’t hesitate to let us know. I look forward to a long, exciting, inspiring journey with each of you.
Karla Robinson, MD
Board Certified/Licensed Family Physician
Editor’s Corner for the Urban Man
It is with great pleasure and excitement that we bring to you Urban Housecall Magazine. As Black physicians, it has long been our desire to positively impact the health of our community on a national level. In our professional experiences we were often frustrated to see that despite there being an increase in minority healthcare providers in the nation, African Americans continue to have significant healthcare disparities and are disproportionately afflicted by preventable medical conditions as compared to our majority counterparts. We recognize that it is our responsibility to “buck the trend”. It is this passion that spawned the development of Urban Housecall Magazine.
Within our site you will find relevant information pertaining to disease management, preventative health, spiritual health and a host of other topics all provided by our people for our people. The authors of our health articles are board certified and licensed physicians, nurses, and other health professionals in our respective specialties. This means that the information provided here is free from bias and based solely on the evidence-based practices of the clinicians who actually treat the conditions that we cover.
My specific interest is in improving the health of our Black men. Black men are dying at an alarmingly high rate as compared to other groups, and the vast majority of ailments that we are succumbing to are, in large part preventable. In my career as a clinician, as well as in my personal experience, I have often encountered Black men who have a general distrust of the medical community. This has resulted in a lack of appropriate care and an overall avoidance of the healthcare system. Urban Housecall Magazine intends to bridge this gap, and increase active participation in the healthcare process. We seek to do this through educating our men on the importance of routine health maintenance, preventative screenings, and the management of chronic disease. You will find topics and articles covering every season of life and general men’s health topics that apply to us all.
It is our hope that you find just what you need here in Urban Housecall Magazine. We thank you for your support in our endeavor to improve the health of our community, and we look forward to years of partnering with you towards achieving this goal.
Robert C. Robinson III, MD
Co-Founder Urban Housecall Magazine
Board Certified/Licensed Internal Medicine Physician