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April is Minority Health Month

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The Florida Department of Health - Office of Minority Health (OMH) celebrates April 2009 as Minority Health Month.  To recognize this month OMH, in collaboration with the Division of Family Health Services, will address Florida’s preconception health efforts aiming at reducing health disparities related to infant mortality with the following activities:


1)     Minority Health Month 2009- Preconception Health: A Healthy Baby is A Family Affair- Audio-Conference: Tuesday, April 7, 2009, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Building 2585, Room 310-A


The Audio-Conference will feature:

Emile Commedore, JD, MD, Director-Florida Office of Minority Health; Fleda Mask-Jackson, PhD, Senior Scientist, Atlanta Regional Health Forum, Professor, Applied Public Health-Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Hamisu Salihu Associate Professor- Epidemiology and Biostatistics-University of South Florida College of Public Health; and Cheryl Clark, MPH, RHIA, Bureau of Family and Community Health Training & Research Consultant, Florida Infant, Maternal & Reproductive Health


Join us as we address preconception and infant health in several populations including social determinates, epidemiological factors, as well as national and state-wide initiatives. If you cannot physically attend the conference, please feel free to call toll-free number: (888) 808-6959 and use the Conference Code: 2452302.


2)     Minority Health Month Press Conference and Health Fair Exhibits- Preconception Health: A Healthy Baby is A Family Affair- Wednesday, April 8, 2009, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Plaza Level Rotunda, Florida State Capitol Building.


The press conference will feature:

Ana M. Viamonte Ros, MD, MPH, State Surgeon General, Emile Commedore, MD, JD, Director of the Office of Minority Health, Holly Benson, JD, Secretary for the Agency for Health Care Administration, Fran Close, PhD, Assistant Dean for Student Services and Associate Professor, Bill Sappenfield, MD, MPH, State Maternal & Child Health Epidemiologist, and a invited member of the Legislative Delegation.


The health fair exhibit will feature information surrounding issues of women, infant and child health. Health fair exhibits will open at 9:00 a.m.  The infant mortality press conference will start at 11:30 a.m.   These events are open to the public and legislators.


In April 2001, National Minority Health Month was launched by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a rebirth of Booker T. Washington’s initiative of 1915 to implement a National Negro Health Week.  National Minority Health Month has been recognized by the U.S. Congress as an important effort aimed at raising awareness of health disparities that exist in minority populations.


We hope you join us for all or some of the activities during National Minority Health Month.   A full listing of events being held across the state will be posted on the Florida Office of Minority Health Website.


For more information contact Cheryl Graham at Cheryl_Graham@doh.state.fl.us or call (850) 245-4941.  

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