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Black Health Matters Harlem Week Health Summit & Expo to Empower African American Community for Better Health

The Black Health Matters Harlem Week Health Summit & Expo is set to take place on August 17th,  at the iconic Alhambra Ballroom in New York City. This free one-day health expo is  a collaborative effort between Black Health Matters (BHM), the Harlem Chamber of Commerce, and Harlem Week. It aims to provide vital health awareness to the community. From 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM EST, attendees will have the opportunity to engage with medical professionals, participate in informative discussions, access health screenings, and more.


The event's focal point is equipping the African American community with essential knowledge and resources to advocate for improved health outcomes for themselves and their loved ones. Founder and publisher of Black Health Matters, Roslyn Young Daniels, expressed, "Our Summit will equip the African American community with the valuable information and resources needed to advocate for better health outcomes for themselves and for their loved ones."


The summit's itinerary is packed with engaging sessions and offerings, including panel discussions, presentations, a fitness session, and complementary health screenings and immunizations. The agenda is designed to cover a wide range of health topics that disproportionately affect the African American population, such as asthma, endometrial cancer, shingles, mental health, prostate cancer, and sleep hygiene.


The event boasts an impressive lineup of experts and prominent figures who are dedicated to raising health awareness within the community. Notable hosts, presenters, and panelists include Rolonda Watts, a multifaceted personality known for her work in acting, producing, and journalism, as well as DaShaun Johnson, popularly recognized as "The Guru of Abs'' in the fitness realm. The summit will be moderated by Emmy-Award Winning Reporter Elijah Westbrook of CBS2News New York.


Distinguished medical professionals are also set to contribute their expertise to the event. Dr. Ashwin Vasan, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and Dr. Wendy Wilcox, Chief Women's Health Officer for NYC Health + Hospitals, are among the esteemed individuals participating. Dr. Sheri Prentiss, an expert on shingles, and Dr. Onyinye Balogun, a Radiation Oncologist from Weill Cornell Medicine, will also lend their insights. Furthermore, Dr. Olajide Williams, Chief of Staff and Professor of Neurology at Columbia University, known for his work with Hip Hop Public Health, will join the roster of experts.


One of the highlights of the event is the provision of free health screenings and training. It includes the following: mammogram screenings, PSA testing, opioid NARCAN training, blood pressure measurements, body mass index (BMI) assessments, CPR training, and colon cancer testing kits. These offerings are integral to the event's mission of promoting preventive healthcare.

The Black Health Matters Harlem Week Summit & Expo is made possible through the sponsorship of leading pharmaceutical companies, including Amgen, AstraZeneca, Eisai, Genentech, GSK, and Janssen Oncology. The event's media partner is The Positive Community publication.


Black Health Matters, founded in 2012, has been at the forefront of providing evidence-based chronic disease management and wellness resources for African Americans. Through its multi-platform approach, the organization reaches over one million individuals each month and fosters a culture of health within the community.


For those interested in attending the summit, registration is available at This exceptional opportunity promises to connect the African American community with renowned medical experts and community partners, fostering a proactive approach to health and well-being.

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