Wednesday, April 05, 2000

Health issues event focuses on minorities

Blacks hit harder by many illnesses

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Heart disease. Lung cancer. Stroke. Diabetes. Breast cancer. For years, these and other health problems have hit African-Americans harder than the community as a whole.

        On Thursday, Tristate residents, especially African-American residents, can learn more about the local efforts to reduce those disparities.

        • What: The “Community Health Issues Update Conference,” co-sponsored by the Cincinnati Health Department and WCIN-AM.

        • When: 10 a.m. Thursday.

        • Where: Integrity Hall, 2081 Seymour Ave., Bond Hill.

        • Miscellaneous: Also during Minority Health Month: Christ Hospital will host a program on heart disease 6 p.m. today at the Christ Hospital auditorium, 2139 Auburn Ave., Mount Auburn. The Melrose YMCA, 2840 Melrose Ave., Walnut Hills, will host a minority health festival 9 a.m. April 15.


        A “Community Health Issues Update Conference,” co-sponsored by the Cincinnati Health Department and WCIN-AM radio, will be one of the biggest local events marking April as Minority Health Month.

        The conference begins 10 a.m. Thursday at Integrity Hall, 2081 Seymour Ave., Bond Hill, and will feature information from at least nine local health and social service agencies. In addition, many of the speakers will be guests on a WCIN (1480-AM) talk show hosted by Lincoln Ware.

        “The goal is to make the African-American community aware of the different health networks and programs that are available,” Mr. Ware said.

        Earlier this month, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a state-by-state report detailing the health risks faced by minority groups. Several health problems were more severe among minority groups.

        In Ohio, 19 percent of blacks con sider themselves to be in fair or poor health. But in Kentucky, that figure rises to 24.7 percent; and 28.1 percent in Indiana. Nationally, 19.4 percent of blacks consider themselves in fair or poor health compared to 13 percent of whites.

        The joint effort by the city health department and WCIN was urged by city councilwoman Alicia Reece as a way to increase the health information targeted toward African Americans as well as Hispanics, women and low-income people of all races. Ms. Reece, chairwoman of city council's health committee, will be the keynote speaker at Thursday's event.


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