Day of Dialogue on Minority Health IV

February 9, 2010Leave a reply

This Saturday, February 13, Bethel AME Church in Tallahassee will host the fourth annual Day of Dialogue on Minority Health. This year’s theme is “Stressors, Strains & Health: Connecting the Dots to Help.” Co-Chairperson, Dr. Penny Ralston, describes the theme this way: “The program this year focuses on the effect of so many strains on our families that we are now seeing in our congregations. These strains affect our physical, mental and spiritual health. Our purpose is to help church health leaders to identify stressors and strains and to find solutions, especially community resources available to help us.”

Dr. Ralston and Co-Chairperson Dr. Elsie Crowell have put together an excellent program. Featured speakers include Rev. Mary W. Robinson, Rev. Stanley L. Walker, Elder Franklin Rush, Dr. Temple Robinson, Dr. Cyneetha Strong, and Dr. Jackie Robinson.

Please join us for a Day of Dialogue at Bethel AME Church (501 West Orange Avenue) this Saturday, February 13, 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

“Unnatural Causes” Kick-Off Event

December 21, 2009Leave a reply

The Health Equity Alliance of Tallahassee (HEAT) is teaming up with WFSU, the Public Broadcast Station, to begin a series of scheduled community screenings of the PBS documentary Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? This four-part series goes beyond popular conceptions linking health to medical care, lifestyles, and genes to explore evidence of other, more powerful determinants: the social conditions in which we are born, live, and work. The first episode will air Sunday, January 10, 2010 at 3:00 pm.

To jumpstart the community film screenings, we are inviting key stakeholders to the Unnatural Causes kick-off event at the studios of WFSU-TV at 6:00 p.m., Friday, January 8th, 2010 (see flyer). The event will be an evening of collaboration to address the health inequities that keep many American residents from living a long and healthy life. We invite you to help bridge this gap by building a shared understanding and language around the root causes of health inequities in Tallahassee and surrounding areas. The event will provide a preview of episode one of Unnatural Causes and we will hear from panel participants as we examine how the overarching themes of the film relate to our community.

For more information, contact Miaisha Mitchell, Executive Director of the Greater Frenchtown Governor’s Revitalization Council at 850-224-8404 or email her at mmiaisha@aol.com.

Update, 1/6/10: The agenda for the Kickoff Event on Friday, Jan. 8, is now available here (PDF).

Next HEAT meeting is February 16

December 17, 20092 Comments

The Health Equity Alliance of Tallahassee (HEAT) will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, February 16, at 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. We are evaluating whether our usual meeting space at TMH will be available. The key goal for the February meeting will be to reflect on events we are organizing around the local re-broadcast of Unnatural Causes in January and to discuss our next steps for building on these events. We also anticipate updates from the Food Environment and HEAT-BP Steering Committees and discussion of new funding opportunities for community capacity building.

Mark you calendars now and stay tuned for further announcements about the meeting location.

Next HEAT meeting is Nov. 17

November 17, 2009Leave a reply

The Health Equity Alliance of Tallahassee (HEAT) will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in Conference Room A at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. Dinner will be available for $5. Here are the highlights from the proposed agenda:

  • We will get a report from the Unnatural Causes Workgroup about planning for events related to the local re-broadcast of Unnatural Causes in January.
  • We will get an update about progress in developing the HEAT Food Policy Council.
  • We will discuss plans to pursue a funding opportunity from NIH for community-based participatory research on childhood obesity prevention

Mark you calendars now for the subsequent monthly HEAT meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 15 (location to be determined).

FAMU Forum on Health Care Reform

October 22, 20092 Comments

FAMU Health Care Reform ForumFAMU will hosting a forum on Health Care Reform on Wednesday, November 4, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m., in the New Pharmacy Building. The goal of the forum is to inform the public about the history and current status of healthcare reform. Confirmed speakers include Dr. Henry Lewis, Dr. Raymond Bellamy, Dr. Joseph Webster, Dr. Edward Hollifield, Dr. James Ammons, and Al Lawson. Carmen Cummings will moderate the discussion.

The forum is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend. For more information and details about the location, please see the FAMU website.

Next HEAT meeting is Oct. 20

September 24, 2009Leave a reply

The Health Equity Alliance of Tallahassee (HEAT) will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in Conference Room A at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. Dinner will be available for $5. Here are the highlights from the proposed agenda:

  • We will get a report from the Unnatural Causes Workgroup about planning for events related to the local re-broadcast of Unnatural Causes in January.
  • We will discuss next steps in our research and policy advocacy for reducing childhood obesity through changes in the food environment.
  • We will continue discussions to assemble a Steering Committee for HEAT-BP, our community-based participatory research project on stress, racism, and high blood pressure among African Americans in Tallahassee.

There is flexibility in the agenda at this point, so please contact Lance Gravlee if you would like to suggest an item for the agenda.

We hope to see you there!

Next HEAT meeting is Sept. 22

September 18, 2009Leave a reply

The Health Equity Alliance of Tallahassee (HEAT) will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in Conference Room A at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. Here are the highlights from the proposed agenda:

  • Hopefully we will be able to report good news from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation about our application to the Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities program for work on policy change to promote access to healthy foods in Leon County. Fingers crossed!
  • We will get an update on community events we will help to organize during the re-broadcast of Unnatural Causes (http://unnaturalcauses.org/) on WFSU in January.
  • We will discuss our project on stress, racism, and blood pressure. I will present preliminary results on experiences of racism among African Americans in Tallahassee, and we will discuss the ethical and political implications of collecting genetic data in the later community survey.
  • Please join us and add your voice to the conversation. Please contact us if you would like to reserve a dinner ($5) or if you have other items you’d like to add to the agenda.

Next HEAT meeting is Sept. 1

August 11, 2009Leave a reply

We have postponed the planned August 25 HEAT meeting to avoid a conflict with the Town Hall Meeting on Health Care Reform. The next HEAT meeting is now scheduled for Tuesday, September 1, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, Conference Room A (enter through cafeteria). We will get on update on recent activities and discuss plans to develop a Food Policy Council to address childhood obesity and the food environment. Dinner will be available from TMH catering for $5. Please contact Lance Gravlee to reserve a dinner or to suggest agenda items.

Town Hall Meeting on Health Care Reform

August 11, 20091 Comment

Town Hall Meeting - Health Care ReformOn August 25 at 6:00 p.m., there will be a town hall meeting on health care reform in the Tallahassee City Commission Chamber. The panel will include Congressman Allen Boyd, Dr. Raymond Bellamy, and Dr. Joseph Webster. Mary Ann Lindley from the Tallahassee Democrat will moderate the discussion. We have postponed our August HEAT meeting, which was originally scheduled for the same time, to avoid a conflict with this important event.

The public is invited — and many are sure to turn out — so plan to get there early to add your voice to the discussion.

Next HEAT meeting is August 25

July 28, 2009Leave a reply

The next HEAT meeting will take place on Tuesday, August 25, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, Conference Room A (enter through cafeteria). We will get on update on recent activities and discuss plans to develop a Food Policy Council to address childhood obesity and the food environment. Dinner will be available from TMH catering for $5. Please contact Lance Gravlee to reserve a dinner or to suggest agenda items.

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