(CBS DETROIT) – Black Health Matters will host The Close the Gap Community Health Challenge, a free, virtual health fair aimed at raising awareness of heart health within the Black community. This virtual event will take place this Saturday, January 9, 2021, from 10:00 am to 5:00pm EST and features healthcare professionals from some of Detroit’s top medical centers, focused on educating and empowering the community to take ownership of their health journeys.
Before COVID-19 disproportionality affected the Black community, it has long been recognized that Blacks have been experiencing poor health outcomes, in all areas of health, for many years. Combatting the epidemic of poor health outcomes requires engagement at the community level from all parties; health care providers and the residents themselves. This is why Black Health Matters, with sponsorship from Boston Scientific, has developed The Close the Gap Community Health Challenge to bring health, wellness and fitness professionals, along with community advocates, local chapters of the Divine Nine fraternities and sororities.
“Black Health Matters is pleased to work with Boston Scientific to create the ultimate educational program on heart disease and healthy living, available at no cost, for the residents of Detroit,” said Roslyn Y. Daniels, publisher of Black Health Matters. This program is free and open to the public so that thousands can benefit in accessing critical health information, empowering them to effectively ‘close the gap’ on health inequities the black community often faces.”
The Close the Gap Community Health Challenge:
The Summit will feature 22 physicians from these leading Detroit health systems:
- Detroit Medical Center
- Beaumont Medical Center
- Henry Ford Health System
- Wayne Health
- Ascension St. John Hospital
- McClaren Medical Group
Topics covered include: Know the Signs of a Having a Heart Attack, COVID-19, Heart Disease, Healthy Heart Workout, Mental Health and more. To make the virtual event more engaging, attendees will be able to download materials and network with like-minded peers, advocacy groups and vendors. Prizes will be awarded for engaging with exhibitors and presenters.
For more information and to register for the Community Health Challenge Health Fair, go to www.bhmclosethegap.vfairs.com and wwwblackhealthmatters.com .
SOURCE Black Health Matters
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