*Health is an increasing concern in the African American community and especially among women.

Disproportionate medical statistics, unhealthy lifestyles, obesity, economic imbalance, healthcare reform, rising healthcare costs and shirking healthcare coverage, all work against the African American woman striving to improve her health and lead a more holistic lifestyle.

On August 7-10, 2010 Black Health Magazine will be hosting its 2nd National Black Women’s Health and Beauty Conference entitled, “Celebrating A Healthier You.” The conference will be held in partnership with the Bronner Brothers International Hair Show at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

The event is an opportunity for dynamic African American women from all across the United States and beyond to come together to discuss issues affecting them. “African-American women face both high rates of chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension, and longstanding barriers to patient education and access to treatment. Pfizer is hard at work on solutions and proud to sponsor a conference that empowers women to chart a strong course for good health” says Dr. Freda C. Lewis-Hall, Chief Medical Officer, Pfizer Inc.

The conference goal is to target and influence African American women who are disproportionately affected by major health issues and illnesses to live a more balance, healthy and holistic lifestyle. “Educating the community about key health and wellness issues is incredibly important to ensuring Black women age with grace and dignity,” says Edna Kane-Williams, Vice President of Multicultural Markets for AARP. “We are delighted to work with Black Health Magazine and its National Black Women’s Health and Beauty Conference to help Black women stay healthy and live their best lives after 50.”

Attendees can look forward to an exciting mix of dynamic workshops, networking opportunities and special events including a one of a kind session facilitated by Dr. Vikisha Fripp-Vincent on “Black Women and Plastic Surgery” and its long term effect on a woman’s overall health. Dr. Fripp-Vincent is a regular columnist with Black Health Magazine and is available to answer plastic surgery questions at www.blackhealthmag.com.

“The hopes, wishes, ambitions, aspirations and plans of a person are all represented under the general heading of health” says Marcus Oaks, Chairman and Executive Director of the Black Health Medical Research Foundation, a 501 (C) 3 non-profit organization. “Therefore, education and responsiveness are crucial elements in helping African American women shift paradigms to improve the quality of their overall health.”

Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to attend the star studded National Health Awards Banquet honoring 25 of the Most Influential African Americans in Healthcare, Medicine, Pharmaceuticals and Health Foods Industries. There will also be a special awards presentation for Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Dr. Ian Smith, Regina Benjamin, M.D. 18th U.S. Surgeon General and Alonzo Mourning. Reed Tuckson, M.D., Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs with UnitedHealth Group will deliver the banquet keynote address. The Mistress of Ceremonies for the event will be CNN Anchor Fredricka Whitfield.

The session speakers for the event are Mary E. Stutts of Elan Pharmaceuticals and author of “The Missing Mentor,” Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall of Pfizer, Inc., Dr. Vikisha Fripp of Premiere Plastic Surgery and Associates and Maxine Brown-Davis formerly of the Procter and Gamble Company.

Corporate Sponsors for the conference include Pfizer, Inc., UnitedHealth Group, AARP, Johnson and Johnson, Merck American Cancer Society, ConAgra Foods, Wellstar and Premiere Plastic Surgery and Associates.

Registration cost for the 2010 National Black Women’s Health and Beauty Conference is FREE. Attendees can register for the conference online at www.blackhealthmag.com. Later that evening, conference attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy live entertainment from comedian and actor “Bill Bellamy” as he performs at the Bronner Brothers International Hair Show. On August 8th – 10th conference attendees can take advantage of more health forums, hair and beauty events at the Bronner Brothers International Hair Show. For a complete listing of sponsors, program, event schedules and bios of our speakers, please visit the conference websites at www.blackhealthmag.com and www.bronnerbros.com.

Conference subjects for Saturday August 7, 2010 are listed below as follows:

TOPIC: MANAGING HEALTH IN THE WORKPLACE
Speaker: Maxine Brown-Davis, Retired Chief Diversity Officer,
Vice President of Global Diversity and Organizational Performance,
Procter and Gamble Company

TOPIC: CLINICAL TRIALS: WHAT’S THE FEAR?
Speaker: Freda Lewis-Hall, M.D., Senior Vice-President and
Chief Medical Officer, Pfizer, Inc.
Sponsored by Pfizer

TOPIC: PLASTIC SURGERY: IS IT A VIABLE OPTION FOR BLACK WOMEN
Speaker: Vikisha Fripp-Vincent, M.D., Premier Plastic Surgery
and Associates

TOPIC: CONSUMER DRIVEN HEALTHCARE
Speaker: Mary Stutts, Senior Vice President of Corporate
Relations, Elan Pharmaceuticals

TOPICS: OBESITY, HIV/AIDS, HEALTHCARE, MEDICINES AND PRESCRIPTION COSTS
Panelists: Atlanta Area Healthcare Professionals

TOPIC: A HEALTHIER COMMUNITY BEGINS WITH YOU
Speaker: Reed Tuckson, M.D. Executive Vice President and Chief
of Medical Affairs, UnitedHealth Group

Media Interview Requests

Media interviews are available with the following individuals:

* Marcus D. Oaks, Chairman and Executive Director
* Brittni Tucker, Associate Editor
* Tamika Oaks, Event Planning Manager
* Frazier Black, Marketing Executive

Possible interview questions:
* Why is this conference so important and timely to African American women?
* How is this conference different from the last one?
* What do you hope will be the outcome of individuals attending this conference?
* What do you feel is the biggest hindrance to improve healthcare in the African American community?

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source:
Marcus Oaks
Publisher
678-872-4502 (office)
[email protected]

Brittni Tucker
Associate Editor
678-872-4502 (office)
[email protected]