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Health Disparities Summit
The Educational Collaborative for the Elimination of Health Disparities in Mecklenburg County is sponsoring a summit Oct. 8-9, 2004, on the campus of Johnson C. Smith University.  The summit's mission is to develop a community action plan that includes strategies for the elimination of heath disparities in the areas of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and HIV/AIDS in Mecklenburg County.

September 14, 2004

Charlotte, NC - The Educational Collaborative for the Elimination of Health Disparities in Mecklenburg County is sponsoring a summit Oct. 8-9, 2004, on the campus of Johnson C. Smith University.  The summit's mission is to develop a community action plan that includes strategies for the elimination of heath disparities in the areas of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and HIV/AIDS in Mecklenburg County.

The Collaborative expects to host 300 community participants; the kick-off takes place Friday, Oct. 8, at 5 p.m.  Registration will take place on that evening, as well as a reception and plenary session featuring a keynote address by Dr. Cristina Beato, MD, acting assistant secretary for health, US Department of Health and Human Services. 

A number of community partners have participated in the planning of this event, including: The Mecklenburg County Health Department, Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte Reach 2010 Coalition, Pfizer Inc., University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Pfeiffer University, The Latin American Coalition, Metrolina Native American Association, Project HealthShare, Inc., PeopleSouth Consulting, Teen Health Connection, CMC- Interfaith Care Links, Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services, Lincoln Heights Community Association, C.N. Jenkins Memorial Presbyterian Church, NC Department of Health and Human Services HIV/ STD Prevention and Care Branch, Sickle Cell Regional Network and the Carolinas Community Health Institute-Carolinas HealthCare System.

There is no cost to attend this two-day event, but pre-registration is encouraged.  There will be activities and workshops for children, teens, adults and seniors on Saturday, Oct. 9.  Lunch will be provided.  The Collaborative is also seeking sponsorship and vendor participation.  For further information regarding the summit and registration, please call 704-378-1202.

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Media Contact:
 
D.C. Lucchesi 704-432-0344
lucchdc@co.mecklenburg.nc.us




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