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INTEGRIS HEALTH AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN FORUM 2013
AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN: Every One Counts
SEVENTH ANNUAL AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN'S HEALTH FORUM
COX CONVENTION CENTER
September 28, 2013
Around 1200 women attended this event which kicked off Integris Health's' annual health month.
Mrs. Avilla T. Williams - PRESIDENT OF INTEGRIS EDMOND headed up the Integris Health African Women's Health Forum 2013.
Featured speaker at this year's forum's event:
Donna Hubbard McCree, Ph.D. M.P.H., R.ph., associate director for health equity, division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. McCree is lead co-editor of a book focused on HIV: Understanding and Addressing The Epidemic.
Dr. McCree shared invaluable information on HIV to this African American Female audience:
Women and HIV
Life time risk for HIV
1 in 32 black/African American women
1 in 106 Hispanic / Latinos
1 in 526 white women
In summary, she shared:
% of persons aware of their infection significantly lower among African Americans.
-81% Blacks, 80% Hispanics or Latinos, 85% Whites
Gaps in care largest for African Americans and young people.
African Americans are least likely to be in ongoing care and have their virus under control.
Dr. McCree also shared with the African American women at the forum:
Every Action and Everyone Counts
*Get the facts
*Talk to your partner and encouraage him to know his status
*If sexually active - practice mutual monogamy; use condoms each time you have sex.
*If positive, get treatment early and stay in care.
More information about HIV can be found on the CDC HIV link below:
This year's event included an interactive Image Panel, featuring Bryon Dickens of Covington Images and Tiffany Hill Smith, Esq.
Oklahoma has its own "Ask a Doctor" panel of African America female physicians to include:
Chalon Anderson, PH.D. (Family Relations / Gerontology)
Taneisha Buffin, M.D. (Obstetrics / Gynecology)
Sonja Hughes, M.D. (Obstetrics / Gynecology)
Alecia Madk, D.O. (Cardiology)
Latoya Perry, M.D. (Gynecogical Oncologist)
Nichole Washington, D.O. (Psychiatry)
This year's forum also had a special recognition honoring ZORA BROWN for her countless initiatives dedicated to improving the health of the African American community. Ms. Brown passed earlier in this year. She was a two time breast and two time ovarian cancer patient. She fought vigorously to eradicate cancer around the world for over three decades. She was on many boards / committees and was appointed by President George H.W. Bush to the National Advisory Board, National Cancer Institute. She was a true warrior for the cause and personally did trials that would benefit others up until the day she died.
This was the best forum ever!
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