THE 3RD BLACK HEALTH MATTERS RECAP

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YOUR HEALTH!  What could be more important? The 3rd Black Health Matters Summit was dedicated to educating, energizing and empowering African American families to embrace self-care. Black Health Matters believes that when you are proactive about your physical, mental and emotional health beautiful things happen. Black Health Matters is committed to helping African Americans do better and thrive on a local, regional and national basis through health education. As the leading syndicator of original content on African American health, Black Health Matters is uniquely qualified to launch a call-to-action on African American health through engagement programs like the 3rd Black Health Matters Summit.

The 3rd Black Health Matters Summit: Mission

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.

The Summit focused on patient-centric issues convened to educate patients, caregivers, health enthusiasts, advocacy groups, and media outlets. The Summit improved the understanding of the management of chronic and rare diseases while underscoring the importance of participation in research studies. Topics included: Breast Cancer; Clinical Trials/Research Study Participation, Fibroids/Endometriosis/Reproductive Health; Hereditary ATTTR amyloidosis; Heart Disease; Mental Health; Sickle Cell; Prostate Cancer.

The 3rd Black Health Matters Summit would like to thank ALNYLAM and SANOFI as Presenting Partners.  We would also like to extend our thanks to: Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eisai, PhRMA, Merck, Memorial Sloan Kettering and The Lupus Research Alliance.

Our 2019 black health matters Presenters

Dr. Carol Brown

Gynecologic Oncologist
Associate Cancer Center
Director for Diversity and
Health Equity at Memorial
Sloan Kettering Cancer
Center

Dr. Cassandra Dobson

Director of Nursing,
Associate Professor,
Director of Undergraduate
Studies at City University of
New York-Herbert H.
Lehman College

Dr. Icilma Fergus

Director of Cardiovascular
Disparities, Mount Sinai

Dr. Kecia Gaither

Director, Perinatal
Services/Maternal Fetal Medicine
NYC Health+Hospitals/Lincoln

Karen Jackson Eubanks

Founder/CEO of Sisters
Network® Inc.

Dr. Lewis J. Kampel

Director, Ralph Lauren
Center for Cancer Care
and Prevention

Dr. Mathew Maurer

Director of Clinical
Cardiovascular Research
Laboratory at Allen Hospital
of New York Presbyterian
Hospital

Dr. Micheal T. McRae

Director Of Mental
Health Strategy, New
York City Department
of Health & Mental
Hygiene

Supporting articles from the 3rd black health matters summit

Dealing with Disparities in Prostate Cancer

There’s good and bad news on the prostate cancer front. We’ll start with the disturbing statistics: This form of cancer is the most commonly diagnosed and the second most common cancer killer in men. Roughly 165,000 men receive a prostate cancer diagnosis each year; of that number, about 30,000 die.

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Clinical Trials Key to Eliminating Cancer Disparities

“Blacks have the worst survival of all cancers.” With that frank statement, Carol Brown, M.D., associate cancer center director for diversity and health equity at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, opened her presentation at the Third Black Health Matters Health Summit at Riverside Church in Harlem earlier this month.

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Tackling Trauma

If it seems like you’re hearing about trauma a lot lately, you’re not wrong. It is a buzzword these days. But according to mental health practitioners, it’s more than just a trending topic.

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Under Diagnosed but Treatable: The hATTR Amyloidosis Story

TTR is the most common form in the heart. The genetic form, known as hereditary amyloidosis or hATTR, affects mostly people of African descent. It’s considered a rare disease, with research suggesting it affects about 50,000 people in this country.

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Sickle Cell Anemia

“We need education. We need funding. We need research,” said Cassandra Dobson, director of nursing and undergraduate studies at City University of New York-Herbert H. Lehman College, during the Third Black Health Matters Health Summit held at Riverside Church in Harlem, New York, earlier this month.

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