Welcome back to Revive Omaha! Thank you for joining us in the relaunch of our printed editions. While we have held a presence in the online world for the past several years through ReviveOmaha.com, we are excited to be back in print.
For our relaunch issue, we have focused on the one topic that has changed all of our lives this past year, COVID-19. The team at Revive Omaha would like to offer our condolences to those who have lost loved ones to the virus. Our prayers also go out to those who have suffered and those who are still battling side effects of COVID-19.
We want to thank the community for doing your part to keep the village safe. Thank you for the sacrifices that you have made and for following the health guidelines and directives. We ask that you continue to wear your mask, keep your distance, help your neighbors and other residents, and support Black owned businesses.
The team at Revive Omaha lost one of our members last year. Rev. Bruce Norris was a contributing writer, prominently featured in the Spirit column. His words graced our pages since the inception of the magazine. While COVID-19 was not the cause of his passing, we wanted to honor him in this edition. Our brother will be greatly missed, but we know that his words and his legacy will continue to bless others through the pages and website of Revive.
In this issue, we take a look at community collaboration; mental health care during a pandemic; community based medical, mental and behavioral health facilities; making sure our finances are in check, and more.
While we all continue to tackle the issues of this virus, we also want to share some of the positive things that have come out in the midst of the pandemic and showcase individuals and organizations that have, and still contribute to keeping the village safe. While we are unable to highlight every individual in this issue, we would like to continue to recognize others in our online COVID edition.
If you know someone who should be recognized, send us their name, photo and why they should be highlighted to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Let’s all continue to wear a mask, keep our distance and do our part to keep the village safe!
Revive Center welcomes Chef Jamil to 24th and Lake
The Revive Center is excited to welcome Chef Jamil of House of Bah back to 24th and Lake this weekend. Make a Reservation Now!
Chef Jamil and his now-famous Jerk Chicken were a huge hit during Native Omaha Days. Since that time, he has won first place a the PitchBlack competition hosted by the Midlands African Chamber and received overwhelming support at the recent Afro Fest held at Aksarben.
“This has been an unbelievable time for me, my family and all of our partners,” said Jamil.
“In some ways, I tried to leave the kitchen, but it keeps calling me back. It has been passed down through the generations of my family.”
One of Chef Jamil’s goals is to introduce African food and culture in new ways. Through his non-profit, Eat N’ Talk Africa, he’s doing exactly that. The goal is in his words is “to shed light on African Culinary Heritage and offer forums for intercultural exchange.”
This summer he partnered for the first time with the Empowerment Network’s Step-Up Omaha program to offer hands on culinary training to a cohort of 14 and 15 year olds. The youth advanced to preparing and cooking their own meals and worked with the entrepreneurship and technology cohorts to design and implement the Step-Up Cafe.
“The food is just one part of the vision,” he said. “I want the food to help create conversation, build bridges across different races and nationalities and create knowledge and understanding about Africa. It’s bigger than the food.”
Though his vision is bigger than the food, the food is downright excellent. Jamil brings incredibly delicious food with exquisite African flavor. Customers have given rave reviews. The presentation is second to none.
“One of the primary goals for the Revive Center is to provide a platform for chefs and cooks to introduce new foods options to the community and specifically 24th and Lake,” said Yolanda Barney, co-owner of the Revive Center.
“Not only is Chef Jamil bringing fresh new dishes with an African flavor, he’s working with us to accomplish another goal of presenting more fine dining opportunities in North Omaha.”
Chef Jamil will present the Casual/Fine Dining Experience during a Pop Up at the Revive Center on Friday and Saturday. Space is limited. Its best to make a reservation or order in advance for these nights.
Reservations can be made here. Order in Advance or for Take out here. Chef Jamil will present a three-course meal including Jerk Chicken, Cornmeal Crusted Salmon, Vegan dishes, appetizers and desserts.
On Sunday, Chef Jamil will be the featured Chef at the Revive Center’s popular Sunday Gospel Lunch between noon and 3 pm. Open seating is available as well as curbside and takeout.
In addition to these special events and popups, The Revive Center is open every week Tuesday – Saturday for lunch 11:30-2 pm. Champions Cafe features fried and grilled chicken sandwiches and strips, original gourmet burgers and specialty salads by Darnell Relford. Thursday – Saturday during lunch Wes Zollicoffer of Feeding Royals features shrimp and grits, rasta pasta, croquettes, and other pasta and seafood dishes. Open seating is available as well as take out and curbside.
For more information, please call 402-490-1542.
Ted Lampkin: Rising to Meet the Challenge
Charles Drew Health Center
Growing up down the street from Charles Drew Health Center, Inc., it was no question for Ted Lampkin to give back to the community that helped raise him.
“I’m passionate about public health because I am a product of public health services. Coming up, my family and I used the services at Charles Drew.”
As the Associate Director of Behavioral Health Services, Ted has been on the front-line teaching and training team members in new approaches to behavioral health. It’s no surprise that when COVID-19 struck, Ted was front and center.
“My role was to help transition the Behavioral Health department from doing face-to-face therapy to telehealth therapy.”
While COVID-19 began to escalate, increasing evidence highlighted racial and ethnic minority groups are being disproportionately affected by COVID-19.
“We made it easy for the patients, providing traditional face-to-face, telehealth, and when needed telephonic sessions. A lot of patients had anxiety about COVID-19 and being in the middle of a pandemic, in addition to their other stressers.”
“The benefit of telehealth is we can continue to provide quality service during a pandemic. You take out the barriers to care with telehealth.”
Brenda Avant: Providing Quality Healthcare in the Midst of COVID-19
Charles Drew Health Center
As a North Omaha native, Family Nurse Practitioner, Brenda Avant, understands educating her patients about their healthcare choices is a foundational principle to accessing safe and quality healthcare.
When the pandemic shut down Omaha metro schools, Brenda and the team members at Charles Drew Health Center, Inc. School-based Health Centers had to switch gears. While still providing in-person care, the SBHC Medical providers began utilizing telehealth to remain in contact with their patients.
“The telehealth program at Charles Drew really grew at that time. As Medical providers, we were able to continue serving our student patients through telehealth. The parents really enjoyed it because they felt even through a pandemic their child’s provider is still in tune with their needs.”
As the pandemic surged, the healthcare inequalities within the American health system began to come to the foreground. “It made me proud to see that Charles Drew was a front runner in COVID-19. The community was looking to us to help guide them through.”
“Charles Drew made it very easy for the population we serve to continue receiving care. We may be small, but we are mighty.”