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B-CU Co-Sponsors Minority Health Month Summit 2012

In recognition of National Minority Health Month, the B-CU Odessa Chambliss Wellness Center, along with the Volusia County Health Department and Halifax Health, is hosting a Minority Health Summit to raise awareness of health inequities in the local community. The event takes place on April 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Volusia County Health Department at 1845 Holsonback Drive in Daytona Beach.

A number of leading experts in the field of health inequities and minority health will speak at the summit. Dr. Ernest Cook, chief medical officer for CIGNA, is the keynote speaker addressing the important topic of "Why Health Equity Can't Wait.”

"We are thrilled to be co-sponsoring this event with such great health organizations,” said Dr. Alma Dixon, B-CU's director of health equity. "We are so excited about Dr. Ernest Cook, who is a close community partner of ours at the Odessa Chambliss Wellness Center.”

The event will also feature a powerful panel discussion focusing on health inequities and what is being done in the community to address the problem. Panelists and topics include:

"Health Equity Can't Wait: Community Responses” with moderator Dr. Alma Dixon
"A Statewide Response to HIV/AIDS: 112,000 by 2012” with Sandra Estevaz, Latino AIDS coordinator, Miami-Dade Health Department
"Nutritional Guide for the African-American Community” with Fabiola Gaines, owner, Hebni Nutrition
"Infant Mortality: LifeSong, Mobilizing a Community to Act” with Dixie Morgese, executive director, Healthy Start Coalition
"Social Determinants of Health” with Dr. Celeste Philip, assistant director, Volusia County Health Department

The summit will also feature a presentation on "Body and Soul in Motion” by Cynthia Seaborn of the Department of Health's Office of Minority Health and a presentation by historian Nathaniel Wesley on "Journey into our Past-Access to Care and Black Hospitals.”

To encourage physical activity, Halifax Health is sponsoring a power walk at 11 a.m. around Lake Jessica.

A number of organizations will have table displays, and cultural art will also be on display.

To register for this free summit, please contact public information intern Shauna Nabors at 386-274-0838 or

For more information on minority health disparities, please visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health website,

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Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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