Harvard director to speak at Black Male Health Banquet

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Cliffbreakers Restaurant will host the Fourth Annual Black Male Health Community Action Team Banquet Friday, June 15, titled “As Much as We Can, While We Can.” The event will begin socially at 6:30 p.m., the dinner program will begin at 7 p.m. The keynote speaker will be Brian K. Gibbs, Ph.D., the director of the Program to Eliminate Health Disparities at Harvard School of Public Health.

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 Black Male Health Community Action Team is a community-based advisory committee of the Winnebago County Health Department’s Black Male Health program. Through the efforts of these dedicated community members, it has delivered substantial preventive health services to the African-American community and the community at large.

To enhance the health education and screening efforts, The Black Male Health Community Action Team is holding their Fourth annual fund-raiser Friday, June 15, at Cliffbreakers Restaurant. Money raised at the fund-raiser will help underwrite future health screening events, which will provide individuals with access to important health information and services. Since the conception of the Black Male Health program in Winnebago County in 2001, many African-American men, including other diverse populations, have participated in the health screenings offered. The following is an overview of health screenings and events.

Creation of and/or participation in more than 126 health fairs

Barbershop blood pressure screenings: 12,561

Manual blood pressures: 2,554

Cholesterol screenings: 1,308

Glucose screenings: 937

PSA (Prostate Cancer) screenings: 281

HIV screening: 27

The keynote speaker for the event is Brian K. Gibbs, Ph.D., MPA, and director of the Program to Eliminate Health Disparities at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Gibbs is an instructor of Public Health Practice, and serves as project director of several community-based regional and national health disparity elimination initiatives. Dr. Gibbs and his colleagues have developed courses, seminars and other materials related to health disparities, and organized consumer and community interests in the health system.

Tickets for the event are $40 per person for dinner. For more information regarding the fourth annual fund-raiser, contact: Mark Hunter, Black Male Health Coordinator, Winnebago County Health Department, at 815/720-4268.

The event is sponsored by the Winnebago County Health Department.

from the June 6-12, 2007, issue

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