Center for Minority Health

National Minority Health Month 2007

Provided by Center for Minority Health
Community Outreach and Information Dissemination Core

Building Healthy Black Families:
Mind, Body and Spirit

March 10, 2007

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

On behalf of the faculty and staff at the Center for Minority Health in the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh, we want to express our sincere gratitude to everyone who has contributed to our efforts to improve health status over the past 13 years. Please join us in celebrating the 5th Annual National Minority Health Month event in Pittsburgh. National Minority Health Month (NMHM) health promotion activities will take place on Saturday, April 14, 2007, from 9:30 a.m to 7:00 p.m. at the Kingsley Association in East Liberty, headquarters of the Healthy Black Family Project. We have designed a day full of educational opportunities, health screenings, demonstration of healthy lifestyles and just plain fun for the entire family. The 2007 theme is “Healthy Black Families: Mind, Body and Spirit.”

Each year the National Minority Health Month in Pittsburgh provides participants with access to health screenings; important health information and resources for health advocacy at no charge. These “signature events” are made possible through the hard work of our Health Disparities Working Groups responsible for program planning and evaluation. Please come ready to participate in demonstrations of fun, healthy physical activities like jumping rope (performed by The Double Dutch Divas from New York City) and African dancing (performed by participants enrolled in the Healthy Black Family Project).

Minority Health Month 2007 also brings you a very special community discussion focused on “Racism and Health.” We are honored to have three of the nation’s leading scholars in medicine and public health to present information and lead the discussion on this important topic.

Camara Jones, MD, MPH, PhD, is Research Director on Social Determinants of Health in the Division of Adult and Community Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, at the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Dr. Jones is a social epidemiologist (a scientist who studies the presence of disease in populations) whose work focuses on the impacts of racism on the health and well-being of the nation.

Adewale Troutman, MD, MPH, MA, is Director of the Louisville, KY, Metro Health Department. Dr. Troutman has a distinguished record of achievement in public health and has written extensively on the topics of health equity and social justice.

Rodney G. Hood, MD, is Past President of the National Medical Association and President and CEO of the Multicultural Health Disparities Institute (MHDI) in San Diego, CA. Dr. Hood is an expert on health disparities, health advocacy and cultural competency in medical care.

The discussion on racism and health begins at 9:30 am. You do not want to miss these outstanding leaders set the stage for what we can do right here in Pittsburgh to promote health and prevent disease.

Immediately following the discussion, the Infant Mortality Working Group will lead our annual “Community Walk for Healthy Families and Babies” through the streets surrounding the Kingsley Association. Following the walk, be prepared to witness the use of drama as a teaching tool about health conditions that we suffer from as a community. Useful information and resource materials on health topics will be distributed. Critical lifesaving information on topics such as what you should know about the HPV vaccination will be provided by the Immunization Working Group. Teams of health professionals will be on hand to provide health screenings. Your entire family will have the opportunity to participate in fun activities such as African dancing, the climbing wall and ever-popular “Bouncy-Bounce.”

At 4:30 p.m., the HIV/AIDS Working Group will host a film festival, featuring Reflections winner of the 2007 BET “Wrap It Up” award.

Remember, knowledge is power and we have planned an exciting day packed with health information that could save lives. We look forward to seeing you at Pittsburgh’s observance of National Minority Health Month. Now is the time to take charge of your own health, do it for the people you love!


Stephen B. Thomas, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Minority Health
Philip Hallen Professor of Community Health & Social Justice