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Moravian Co-Sponsors Symposium on Black Women’s Health

A Culturally Sensitive Forum to Raise Awareness and Discuss Chronic Diseases

Bethlehem, Pa., April 6, 2005—Moravian College is a co-sponsor of It’s a New Day: a Symposium on Black Women’s Health. This is the third annual symposium sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Black Women’s Health Initiative. The program will be held at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church on April 16 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. The church is located at West Packer Avenue and Vine Street in Bethlehem. Registration is $15 with a limited number of scholarships available. The fee includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Walk-in registration is acceptable; however, advanced registration is preferred. For more information, please contact Sharon A. Brown of the Moravian College Office of Institutional Diversity at 610-625-7847 or Shelba J. Scheffner of the Eastcentral Area Health Education Center at 610-379-2001.

The symposium is designed to provide a culturally sensitive forum to raise awareness of a number of health disorders that concern African-American women. One desired outcome is increased understanding of prevention, early detection, and treatment of health problems like breast cancer, heart disease, hypertension, HIV/AIDS, and depression. By participating in the symposium’s workshops, those attending should understand their current physical states better, learn to make their lifestyles healthier, and feel inspired to work toward maintaining physical, mental, and spiritual wellness.

The event features a number of professional speakers. Dr. Gayle K. Porter, Psy.D and author of Prime Time: The African-American Woman’s Guide to Health and Wellness will start the lectures with “Prime Time: The Status of Black Women’s Health.” Other highlights include “Breast Cancer and You” by Dr. Robin Skrine, “No More Victimization: Defining a Woman’s Place in the Health Care System” by Dr. Gloria Wilder Brathwaite, and “When Darkness Abounds: A Conversation about Depression” by Dr. Melinda Contreras-Byrd.

Other sponsors of the symposium include Eastcentral Area Health Education Center, Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and Women’s 5K Classic.