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Friday February 25, 2011  

Third Annual African American Men’s Health and Empowerment Summit to Feature Specialists on Health Care Reform

LOS ANGELES (Feb. 22, 2011) - A luncheon will be held Saturday for those attending the African American Men’s Health Empowerment Summit at the downtown convention center, featuring two specialists on federal health care policy from the Obama administration.

The event, which is part of the African American Men’s Health and Empowerment Summit and is free to the public, has been scheduled for Sat., Feb. 26, 2011 from 11 a.m. to noon. The
guest speakers will provide an update on the landmark health care law, as well as describe what reform means, in particular, for California residents.



“We are excited that our efforts have resonated with the Obama administration,” said Bill J. Releford, a foot surgeon who founded the summit and is an assistant professor at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. “Our community organizing strategies have allowed us to screen and educate over 25,000 African American men about preventable diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure around the country.”

The speakers are: Michael Alexander Blake, associate director, White House Office of Public Engagement & deputy associate director, Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. He will be joined by Dr. Garth Graham, M.D., deputy assistant secretary for minority health, who shapes federal health policies that affect minority health.

The summit draws attention to health disparities in black men, and features a day of live entertainment, seminars, and free screenings, including diabetes, high blood pressure, and HIV. Qualigen, a partnering company of the black barbershop program, will employ rapid prostrate tests, providing results within 10 minutes. Others include: the Prostate Cancer Foundation, Novartis, Eli Lilly, County of Los Angeles, Cardiocheck, LifeClinic, Qualigen, PhRMA, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, and Dada Shoes.

To register for the luncheon, please click on the link, http://www.blackbarbershop.org/                                                              


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For more information, please contact:
Daryl Strickland

Charles Drew University of Medicine & Science
Telephone: (562) 229-4924
  

About Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program
The Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program seeks to reduce health care disparities among African American men through screening, educating and referring men to the doctor. Since its inception, the program has screened over 25,000 men in over 26 cities in 450 black owned barbershops.

About Dr. Bill Releford
Dr. Bill J. Releford, a podiatric surgeon based in Los Angeles, is a graduate of the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. He established the Diabetic Foot Institute in Inglewood. He specializes in diabetic limb salvage to help reduce diabetes-related amputations among African Americans. He has dedicated his life to increase health awareness in underserved communities.

 
 

About Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science
CDU is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian, minority-serving medical and health sciences institution.  Located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, CDU has graduated more than 550 medical doctors, 2,500 post-graduate physicians, more than 2,000 physician assistants and hundreds of other health professionals.  The only dually designated Historically Black Graduate Institution and Hispanic Serving Health Professions School in the U.S., CDU is recognized as a leader in translational and health inequities research, specifically with respect to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, mental health, and HIV/AIDS.  Recently, the CDU/UCLA medical program was named the “best performer” in the University of California System with respect to producing outstanding underrepresented minority physicians by the Greenlining Institute.  For more information, visit http://www.cdrewu.edu/ .

 
 

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