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About The Initiative

NOMAF's Herman Ernest Memorial Health Screening Initiative


The late “diesel funk drummer” Herman “Roscoe” Ernest greatly impacted the Tulane and NOMC medical teams who cared for him during his battle with head & neck cancer. To honor of Herman’s wishes that awareness, prevention, and early detection spread throughout our community, Joyce Ernest, Herman’s widow, collaborated with the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic & Assistance Foundation (NOMAF) and the Department of Otolaryngology at Tulane University School of Medicine to create The Herman Ernest Memorial Health Screening Initiative. The ultimate goal is to save lives through early detection.

This innovative program is conducted in partnership with Healing Hands Across the Divide (HHAD), a non-profit headed by Dr. Paul Friedlander, Herman’s surgeon at the Tulane University School of Medicine. HHAD provides free monthly head, neck and mouth cancer screenings throughout the community, reaching out to those at greater risk for theses cancers, namely African Americans and uninsured patients whose mortality rates are respectively two and three times worse than that of their non-African American and insured counterparts. Many patients at the NOMC meet one or both of these criteria.

The New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic and Assistance Foundation (NOMAF) officially kicked-off its Herman Ernest Memorial Health Screening Initiative on Sunday, August 7, 2011 with a special Satchmo Fest concert, although the screenings had begun in April 2011.

Monthly community head and neck cancer screenings are conducted by the Herman Ernest Health Screening Initiative together with Healing Hands Across the Divide. Please check back for updates on upcoming screening events. Remember, if you cannot make a community screening, you can always ask Catherine or your dentist to perform one of these quick and simple exams.

CONTACT US: Stacey Morigeau programs@nomaf.org


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Herman Ernest 1951-2011 / Photo donated by Nunu Zomot
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