The Winnebago County Health Department created a Black Male Health program to address the alarming health disparity that exists between African-American males and the general population in Winnebago County. The program began in 2003. The mission of the program is to provide black males preventive health education, basic diagnostic screenings, and referrals to appropriate health care providers.
To enhance the health education and screening efforts, the Black Male Health Community Action Team is holding its 2nd annual fund-raiser on Friday, June 17 at Cliffbreakers Restaurant. Monies raised at the fundraiser will help pay for future health-screening events, which will provide individuals with access to important health information and services.
Dr. Beverly Coleman-Miller, Visiting Scholar at the Harvard School of Public Health, will deliver the keynote address at the event. Dr. Coleman-Miller is a nationally renowned authority on the impact of community social and environmental issues on public health. As an internal medicine physician, she has spent many years providing direct patient care to the medically underserved.
In addition to being a national expert advisor in the field of minority health and health disparity elimination, Dr. Coleman-Miller specializes in the areas of: social marketing for health care, youth violence and domestic violence. Dr. Coleman-Miller will bring a dynamic, fresh perspective on health disparities that will enrich our health outreach efforts in our community.
Since the conception of the Black Male Health program here in Winnebago County, several African-American men have participated in the health screening offered. Listed below are numbers from 2003/2004:
Creation and/or participation in more than 79 health fairs
Barbershop blood pressure screenings: 5,929
Manual blood pressure screenings: 1,340
Cholesterol screenings: 554
Glucose screenings: 434
PSAs (Prostate Cancer) screenings: 154.
The Black Male Health Community Action Team has seen many successful projects take place since the programs conception. Through the efforts of this committee, significant health services have been provided to the African-American community and the community at large.
Tickets are $35 per person for dinner or $50 a person which includes a VIP reception with Dr. Coleman-Miller before the dinner. For more information contact: Mark Hunter, Black Male Health Coordinator, at 720-4268.
From the June 8-14, 2005, issue