BHM Summit 2019


The 3rd Black Health Matters Summit

Saturday, March 2, 2019 | The Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Ave., Harlem, NYC

Admission is Free! 

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It’s ALL About Health.  People tend to think about mental health differently and sometimes are ashamed to seek help for mental health or disclose mental health challenges in ways we don’t worry about for a physical ailment such as heart disease or diabetes. Those who are empathetic about a cancer diagnosis may draw a blank when you share that you have sickle cell or lupus, due to limited knowledge of how debilitating these diseases can be.  Physical ailments can affect our mood and mental well-being.  We need a holistic attitude to HEALTH – a whole body and mind phenomenon – so we can effectively support the well-being of African-American families.

Join us for the 3rd Black Health Matters Summit to be held on March 2, 2019 at Riverside Church.  Registration begins at 9:30 am.  The program begins promptly at 10:00 am and closes at 4:00 pm. A light breakfast and lunch will be served.

The Summit will focus on patient-centric issues convened to educate patients, caregivers, health enthusiasts, advocacy groups, and media outlets. This program is free and open to the public.  The goal is to help improve the understanding of the management of chronic and rare diseases while underscoring the importance of participation in research studies.

Topics include:

  • Breast Cancer
  • Clinical Trials/Research Study Participation
  • Fibroids/Endometriosis/Reproductive Health
  • Hereditary ATTTR amyloidosis
  • Heart Disease
  • Lupus
  • Mental Health
  • Sickle Cell
  • Prostate Cancer

This Harlem-based, world-class symposium will feature:

    • Dr. Carol L Brown:  Board-certified Gynecologic Oncologist, Associate Cancer Center Director for Diversity and Health Equity at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
    • Karen Jackson:  Founder/CEO of Sisters Network® Inc
    • Dr. Icilma Fergus:  Director of Cardiovascular Disparities, Mount Sinai
    • Dr. Kecia Gaither: Director, Perinatal Services/Maternal Fetal Medicine, NYC Health+Hospitals/Lincoln
    • Dr. Michael T. McRae: Director Of Mental Health Strategy, New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
    • Dr. Lewis J. Kampel: Director, Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention
    • Dr. Cassandra Dobson: Director of Nursing, Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies at City University of New York-Herbert H. Lehman College
    • Dr. Matthew Maurer: Professor of Cardiology at Columbia University, Director of Clinical Cardiovascular Research Laboratory for the Elderly (CCRLE) at Allen Hospital of New York Presbyterian Hospital
    • Brenda Blackmon:  Emmy Award Winning News Anchor and Lupus Advocate

Admission is free.  A light breakfast and lunch will be served.

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March 2nd | 9:30 am to 4:00 pm | Riverside Church, Harlem


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