The next Black Health Matters Summit will be convened on September 1, 2018, in Charleston, SC at the Courtyard by Marriott Charleston Historic District from 9:30am to 3:00 pm. The Black Health Matters Summit provides patients, health advocates, health ministries, congregational health directors and health-interested adults with tools and resources in areas of disease state awareness, management and prevention needed to establish and strengthen community wellness.
“Fighting injustice to achieve a shared dream of peace, prosperity, and equality begins with wellness, disease management and self-care,” stated Roslyn Daniels, President and Founder of Black Health Matters. “With traumatizing headlines about toxicity in government and shocking inhumanity on many levels, the best way to live with resilience is through adopting a healthy lifestyle that uplifts and energizes the body and mind.”
The Black Health Matters Summit will educate on the importance of self-care to motivate attendees to take a learned and purposeful approach to living their healthiest life every day. The theme of the Black Health Matters Summit is Know Your Options which will empower attendees to be proactive about their health and access the best care possible.
Black Health Matters’ parent company is committed to helping African American families thrive through its Summits which educates and informs on the best strategies for health, wellness and chronic disease management. As the leading syndicator of African American health content, Black Health Matters brings its web pages to life at the Summit as it engages with dynamic health education events that are free to the public.
Statement of Need: South Carolina
There are many diseases in which South Carolinians bear a significant burden:
- Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in South Carolina
- The number of new Hepatitis C diagnoses increased by 48% as of 2015 in South Carolina
- 76% of African Americans in South Carolina are overweight or obese. For African American women, the number is four out of every five.
- Two in five African Americans in South Carolina have high blood pressure
The Black Health Matters Summit
- One out of every six African Americans in South Carolina has diabetes which is 42% higher than the rate for Caucasian adults
- One out of every three African Americans adults in South Carolina has high cholesterol
Source: South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
A dynamic program is planned. Presenters include:
Session Title: Breast Cancer Survivorship
Karen Eubanks Jackson, Founder/CEO of Sisters Network® Inc. (SNI), a 25-year breast cancer survivor, is recognized nationally as a true visionary and national leader in the African American breast cancer movement. Sisters Network is the nation’s only African American breast cancer survivorship organization.
Session Title: Better Nutrition to Fight Obesity
Rovenia M. Brock, PhD, a.k.a. Dr. Ro, is an award-winning nutritionist, fitness expert, lecturer, media personality, and author of Dr. Ro’s Ten Secrets to Livin’ Healthy. Named by More Magazine as one of our nation’s top five nutritionists, Dr. Ro is a media veteran who has appeared on the Dr. Oz show.
Session Title: The Heart Disease & Diabetes Connection
Paul Underwood, MD, FACC, FSCAI, RAC is a past president of the Association of Black Cardiologists. He is an interventional cardiologist with over 30 years’ experience in the private practice setting. He completed medical school and residency at the Mayo Clinic and completed cardiology training at the Cleveland Clinic.
Session Title: Put Exercise in Your Arsenal to Fight Chronic Disease
Benita Perkins, MBA is a is a widely acclaimed health and wellness expert focusing on the fitness needs of women and the special demands they must overcome to step into a lifetime of healthy living through fun, interactive lifestyle events.
In addition to the knowledge shared by a world-class faculty, there will much levity in the day. Door prizes and premiums such as gift bags from Miss Jessie’s and a giveaway of 100 books, and Lose Your Final 15 by Dr. Ro will round out the day. Daniels shared, “Registrations are moving briskly so I would recommend signing up on our Eventbrite, ASAP. We live our legacy as Maya Angelou shared, “When you know better, you do better!”
Black Health Matters (BHM) is a leading provider of digital health and wellness solutions for African American consumers and patients. Founded by Ms. Roslyn Daniels, BHM delivers a highly personalized content experience drawing from touch-points of the African American experience that empower and drive compliance. Launched in 2012, Black Health Matters features a suite of customized solutions that access a health-interested audiences via a digital platform, mobile, newsletters and live events.