TOPEKA, Kan. - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D-Kan.) has proclaimed April as Minority Health Awareness Month in Kansas. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment Center for Health Disparities is recognizing Minority Health Awareness Month by hosting the 4th Annual Health Disparities Conference. The theme of the conference is "Building Partnerships to Wellness."
"The Center for Health Disparities Conference is a wonderful way to kick off Minority Health Awareness Month in Kansas," said KDHE Secretary Roderick Bremby. "The timing of the conference is fitting as we recently released a health status report, 'Working Together for a Healthier Kansas,' which outlines strategies for reducing differences in infant mortality, obesity rates, tobacco use, nutrition and access to medical care among racial and ethnic communities in Kansas. This conference will give us an opportunity to work with health professionals and community representatives from across the state to further the work outlined in the report."
Conference keynote speakers are Rear Admiral John Babb, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Regional Health Administrator, and Tonya Lewis-Lee, national spokesperson for the "A Healthy Baby Begins With You," campaign.
Minority Health Awareness Month is an effort to eliminate disparities across the country. Its goals are to build public/private partnerships, foster cultural competency among health care providers, encourage health education and training and expand the use of state-of-the-art technology.
Additional initiatives planned across the state to recognize April as Minority Health Awareness Month include:
-U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Annual Tribal Consultation, April 8-9, Prairie Band Casino & Resort, Mayetta
-Pass It Forward Skill Building Prevention Summit for African American Females, Tuesday, April 14, 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Capitol City Community Church of God, Topeka
-Pastoral Health Summit, Friday, April 17, Noon - 2 p.m., Ninth Street Missionary Baptist Church, Lawrence
-10th Anniversary of the Dr. Bobby Jones Power to End Stroke Gospel Tour, Sunday, April 19, 4:30 p.m., St. James United Methodist Church, Kansas City, Missouri
-Ninth Street Community Health Fair, Saturday, April 25, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Ninth Street Missionary Baptist Church, Lawrence
-2009 Community Health Fair, Saturday, April 25, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Power Realm Church of God in Christ, Kansas City, Kan.
-Walking Club, held every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m., Kansas City, Kansas Community College sponsored by Black Health Care Coalition