On February 18, 2018, Black Health Matters hosted its 1st Annual Summit at Riverside Church in Harlem.   The Black Health Matters Summit was developed to foster a culture of health by presenting issues and solutions to today’s longstanding health disparities. The Summit was developed to empower African Americans as a national community, navigate complex health issues and systems by connecting with like-minded individuals even though they may be medically underserved.

The theme of the Summit was Know Your Options which focused on strengthening connections between the patient and physician through patient empowerment.  Individuals should know their options which includes understanding the importance of regular check-ups, modifying risk factors and participating in clinical trials. We were especially pleased with the Summit and want to again thank our faculty which consisted of world-class physicians and extraordinary health advocates.

If you were unable to join us, we’ve created this special section within Black Health Matters in which you can view the presentations and read articles on the information imparted.  The Summit focused on: Clinical Trial Participation, HIV Prevention, Heart Disease, Hepatitis C, Lupus and more.

The next Black Health Matters Summit will be convened in September, 2018.  More information to follow.   For partnership opportunities contact Roslyn Daniels, Publisher and Founder at roslyn@blackhealthmatters.com.


Cancer Clinical Trials 101

Why do cancer clinical trials matter for black health?

We Can Stop the Spread of HIV

“We have a lot of tools in our toolbox to help us stop the spread of HIV,” - Marina Leonardos, senior community liaison for Gilead Sciences

Lupus is an Urgent Matter

“Lupus is not some distant disease” - Gabrielle Davis

Hepatitis C in 2018

With effective hepatitis C treatment, why is this still such a prickly subject?


Dr. Carol Brown

Associate Cancer Center Director for Diversity and Outreach at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Gabrielle Davis

Advocate and Founder 
Lupus Sistas

Dr. Michelle Johnson

Clinical Director of Cardiology, Fellowship
Director of Cardio-oncology at Memorial
Sloan Kettering Center

Gloria Searson

Founder & Executive Director of the Coalition Positive Health Empowerment (C.O.P.E.)

Dr. Paul Underwood

Medical Director, Boston Scientific, Past President of the ABC (Association of Black Cardiologists)

Marian Leonardos

Marian Leonardos

Senior Community Liaison, Gilead Sciences


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