Racism, oppression and discrimination play a role in the health and well-being of our citizens. Join the hundreds of health professionals, community advocates, empowered youth, and everyday citizens coming together to make things right on October 14, 15, and 16, 2009: The New England Regional Minority Health Conference – “Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities by 2010, From Disparities to Equity: The Power to Make Change.” Early bird registration has been extended through September 11, 2009; to act now, visit http://www.nermhc.com.
RHODE ISLAND – Did you grow up with asthma or around people who were diagnosed with asthma? Rilwan Feyistan of the Rhode Island Department of Health did not have what the American Lung Association defines as a chronic “condition of the lungs that makes it difficult to breathe,” nor did his brother. But Feyistan remembers feeling like the odd man out, for every other kid on his block in the Mount Hope area of Providence did. Well, with the data that has emerged on racial and ethnic health disparities and on environmental factors exacerbating these disparities, it is, in fact, more and more common for African American (and Latino) youth growing up in urban centers – or near heavy concentrations of traffic and pollution – to suffer airway obstruction, chest tightness, coughing, wheezing, and other symptoms associated with asthma diagnoses. What can a community do about it? What can YOU do about?
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) Office of Minority Health invites healthcare providers, community partners, and everyday residents to attend the sixth annual New England Regional Minority Health Conference, scheduled for October 14 – 16 in Providence. The theme of this year’s conference is From Disparities to Equity: The Power to Make Change. With workshops featuring data on the links between environment and disease, recommendations for effective office visits, and tools for getting an entire neighborhood to make change together, this event will provide an opportunity to share proven regional and national strategies that work to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities.
Participants can expect to share ideas and tools about programs and campaigns that can be adapted for use in their individual community. In addition, Continuing Education Units (CEUs) have been approved for registered nurses (10.5 contact hours for 3 days) and community health educators (10.5 contact hours for 3 days), and cultural art performances will be featured throughout the conference. Registrants can attend one day or all three days, but the goal of the entire event is to promote collaboration of federal, state and community partners to address health disparities and improve the health and quality of life for all racial and ethnic minority communities. It is an event you don’t want to miss.
Register today – or by September 11, 2009 – to enjoy the early bird discount or get more information about the conference by visiting http://www.nermhc.com. For more information about health disparities in RI, visit http://www.health.ri.gov.