UHW Launches Multimedia Campaign and Name-Change for Health Awareness in April

UrbanHealthWatch.net is a blog managed by the Urban League of RI and funded by a Preventive Health and Health Services partnership between the RI Department of Health and the CDC. For more information, email urbanhealthri@gmail.com.

PROVIDENCE, RI – As part of the month-long health-related activities and events held annually in April, producers of the health blog, UrbanHealthWatch.net, will hold a community film event and discussion group as well as host short movies on their website. Also being proposed and implemented on the blog is the use of “Health Equity Awareness Month” to describe the month’s activities – in the place of the traditionally used “Minority Health Awareness” title.

Urban Health Watch is a blog cofounded in the summer of 2009 by Michelle Wilson, Director of Community Services of the Urban League of Rhode Island and the site’s editor, Reza C. Clifton. The purpose of the project is to address several objectives, including to bring health education into the community, deliver culturally appropriate messages on how to prevent and manage chronic diseases, and to translate medical research about health promotion and disease prevention into actionable steps people can use everyday in life. The blog is funded through a Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant offered through the RI Department of Health (HEALTH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The idea to show and post films in April is based, in part, on recognition of those in the community, even those with regular health providers, who may prefer or better retain information through visual learning. It is also in response to a successful campaign by HEALTH in 2009 to get members of the community viewing and discussing the health documentary, “Unnatural Causes.” The film sparked dialogue and a better understanding among viewers of important topics like cultural competence, social determinants of health, and why health disparities matter. One of the action steps many took away from the film was the need for more action to advance health equity, a phrase that denotes the types of practices and policy-changes required to truly address “minority health.”

The community-based movie event will happen on Saturday, April 10, at “Live Empowered! Diabetes Awareness Day,” an event scheduled from 10 am – 3 pm at the Urban League of RI. Community members who come for the film will be encouraged to pursue screenings and consultations on-site from the experts who are part of the Diabetes Awareness Event. Those who attend for diabetes tests and information are encouraged to use the movie to learn additional strategies about staying healthy and to hear from another network of experts and providers.

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For more information about the April 10 movie event and Urban Health Watch, visit http://www.UrbanHealthWatch.net, email urbanheatlthri@gmail.com, or call 401-497-5246. For more on the Live Empowered Diabetes Awareness event, contact Albert Whitaker, Associate Director Community Initiatives, American Diabetes Association, 617-482-4580 ext. 3469 or by email at awhitaker@diabetes.org.



UrbanHealthWatch.net is a project managed by the Urban League of Rhode Island and edited by Reza Corinne Clifton, an award-winning journalist and multimedia producer. It is funded by the Rhode Island Prevention Block Grant, a program of the Rhode Island Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Find us on Facebook. Join the discussions. Create the solutions.

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