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(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) - Moravian College’s Office of Multi-cultural Affairs, and the Lehigh Valley Black Health Initiative Task Force will co-sponsor, A Symposium on Black Women’s Health, Saturday, October 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Bethlehem. Award-winning journalist, Bev Smith will be the keynote speaker at the symposium designed to raise awareness and promote healthful lifestyles.
The event, coordinated by black community leaders, will be presented by public health professionals sensitive to and experienced with providing health care to minority communities.
Its specific purpose is to raise awareness of major issues affecting the immediate well-being of participants, and the practical means to significantly improve black women’s health. Approximately 200 women are expected to attend the symposium.
The program will address a variety of issues impacting black women’s health, including cancer, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, and depression. It will also focus on healthy living and reducing risk factors for chronic disease.
In the spring of 2002, community partners in the public health field and concerned black citizens met in response to the recognized need for an organized, culturally sensitive effort to address the glaring health disparities in the local black community. The result was the creation of the Lehigh Valley Black Health Initiative Task Force.
The Task Force will launch this educational opportunity at a minimal cost of $15, including continental breakfast and luncheon. Symposium participants will better understand their current physical condition; be motivated to engage in leading healthier lifestyles; and empower themselves to become more aggressive in maintaining a healthy mind, body, and soul.
Bev Smith, who currently hosts the popular one-hour talk show "Our Voices," can be seen on Black Entertainment Television, and is a regular commentator on the American Urban Community Center. She has been a broadcast journalist since 1971, when she was named Pittsburgh’s first consumer affairs investigative reporter for WPXI Television, an NBC affiliate. While a reporter she received numerous awards for consumer investigations. She has also written a weekly consumer advice column for The Pittsburgh Courier, the nation’s oldest African American newspaper. In 1975 she was named news and public affairs director for the Sheridan Broadcasting Company. Since then, she has taken her "fire brand" style of talk
shows to Pittsburgh, Miami, Orlando and Washington. Smith has also guest-hosted the Larry King Radio Show and The Kathy Hughes Show on WOL radio in Washington.
For more information or to register, contact the Moravian College Office of Multicultural Affairs at 610-625-7847.