PROVIDENCE, RI – As a member of the planning committee and a supporter of efforts to improve health in communities of color in general, UrbanHealthWatch.net wants you to receive some updates and reminders about the upcoming New England Regional Minority Health Conference (www.nermhc.com). Held every two years, the next NERMHC will happen Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, October 14-16 at the Westin Hotel in Providence, RI. This year’s theme is “From Disparity to Equity: The Power to Make Change.”
What else should you know?
– First and foremost, TODAY, Friday September 11, is the deadline for early registration. Interested participants who register in time will receive a $75.00 discount on tickets, whether it’s a single day’s ticket purchased or the three-day packet. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting http://www.nermhc.com/registration.htm.
– On the evening of Thursday, October 15, the second day of the conference, NERMHC will present its first youth-focused summit: “Public Health in Action – Seeding the Pipeline.” Youth from across New England will attend and present during the evening event, which will begin at 5:15 PM, and several regional colleges will be on-hand for a panel discussion and networking. Seeding the Pipeline will be FREE to attendees, but registration is still required. For more information about the summit and to find a link to register, visit http://www.nermhc.com/PHIA-information.htm.
– For those who caught the critically acclaimed PBS/California Newsreel video health series, “Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?” we have a familiar face joining us. Dr. Adewale Troutman, MD, MPH, and Director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, has been confirmed as the Keynote Speaker at the Morning Plenary Session on Wednesday, October 14. Viewers will remember him as the African American doctor featured in the first episode of the series who was filmed talking about health to Black and minority youth. For more information about Dr. Troutman, visit http://www.nermhc.com/keynote_speakers_troutman.htm. For more about Unnatural Causes, visit http://www.unnaturalcauses.org.
– Volunteers are still being recruited to help the New England Regional Minority Health Committee. Duties to be filled include registration on the day of the event and outreach to confirmed presenters and speakers. Students and those interested in health careers are highly encouraged to respond. For more information on volunteer opportunities, and the conference as a whole, contact Michelle Surdoval by calling 207-839-6381 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.