Black Male Health fund-raising banquet June 16

The Third Annual Black Male Health Community Action Team Banquet is set for 6:30 p.m., Friday, June 16, at Cliffbreakers, 700 W. Riverside Blvd. Keynote speaker is Dr. Rodney G. Hood, past president of the National Medical Association.

Tickets for the event are $40 per person for dinner. For tickets and more information, contact Mark Hunter, Black Male Health coordinator for the Winnebago County Health Department, at 720-4268.

The Winnebago County Health Department created a Black Male Health program in 2001 to address the alarming health disparity that exists between African-American males and the general population in Winnebago County. The mission of the program is to provide black males preventive health education, basic diagnostic screenings and referrals to appropriate health care providers.

Monies raised at the banquet fund-raiser will help underwrite future health screening events, which will provide individuals with access to important health information and services.

Dr. Hood is a UCSD Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine and President & CEO of the Multicultural Health Disparities Institute (MHDI) in San Diego. Dr. Hood is a board certified physician of internal medicine in private practice as the managing partner of Care View Medical Group, and serves as president of the Multicultural IPA in San Diego.

Dr. Hood’s areas of expertise include medical history and its role in current health disparities, health policy and advocacy and cultural competency in health care.

A frequently sought-after national speaker, Dr. Hood articulately addresses the current health care concerns in the United States, especially health issues that persist in our most vulnerable populations.

Since the inception of the Black Male Health program in Winnebago County, many African-American men, including other diverse populations, have participated in the health screenings offered. Following are screening numbers, starting with 2002 and continuing to 2005:

Creation of and/or participation in more than 106 health fairs;

Barbershop blood pressure screenings: 8,691;

Manual blood pressures: 2,083;

Cholesterol screenings: 850;

Glucose screenings: 652; and

PSA (Prostate Cancer) screenings: 208.

From the June 14-20, 2006, issue

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