Reservations due June 19 for Black Male Health Community Celebration

June 17, 2013

Online Staff Report

In recognition of National Men’s Health Month and to spotlight local health promotion and prevention services for men, the Winnebago County Health Department (WCHD) Black Male Health Community Action Team presents the 10th Annual Community Celebration with a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, June 25, at Klehm Arboretum, 2715 S. Main St., Rockford.

This year’s keynote speaker is the director of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), LaMar Hasbrouck, M.D., MPH.

As the 17th director of the IDPH, Dr. Hasbrouck has launched several new health initiatives, including the Colorectal Cancer Initiative, Stepping into Fitness, and Fuel up to Play 60.

Dr. Hasbrouck’s leadership style led to the development of IDPH’s Five-Year Strategic Plan, where his priorities are enhanced stakeholder engagement, improved data quality and dissemination, broadening agency marketing, communication and branding, improving regulatory compliance, and reducing health disparities.

This a community event, sponsored by the WCHD. Tickets for the luncheon are $20 per person, or a reserved table for eight is $160. To make a reservation, contact WCHD Black Male Health Coordinator Mark Hunter at (815) 720-4268. Reservations will be accepted until Wednesday, June 19.

Monies raised at the luncheon will help underwrite future health screening events, which will provide individuals with access to important health information and services,” Hunter said.

The WCHD created the Black Male Health program in 2001 to address the vast health disparities that exists between African-American males and the general population in Winnebago County.

Hunter added: “The Black Male Health Community Action Team is a community-based advisory committee of the WCHD’s Black Male Health program. Through the efforts of these dedicated community members, it has delivered substantial preventative health services to the African-American community and the community at large.”

Posted June 19, 2013

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