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Doctor Shaquille O’Neal and Doctor Lucille O’Neal Visit Bethune-Cookman University’s Odessa Chambliss Center for Healthy Equity


The Odessa Chambliss Center for Health Equity was honored by the visit of esteemed Trustee Dr. Lucille O'Neal and her highly regarded son Dr. Shaquille O'Neal (Shaq). Dr. Shaquille O'Neal visited the Center that was named after his maternal grandmother, Ms. Odessa Chambliss. She was a nurse and a woman of faith who inspired her family to assist in improving the quality of life of the community through health related programs. The Odessa Chambliss Center in conjunction with B-CU Student Affairs creates opportunities at B‐CU for students, faculty, staff, and the surrounding community to improve their overall health. The Center focuses on the three main components of Health Equity as identified by the World Health Organization: Health Disparities, Social Determinants of Health and Social Justice.

Some of the programs offered at the Center are: Quit Smoking Now (smoking cessation), Baby & Me Tobacco Free (smoking cessation among pregnant women), Weight Watchers Program, Healthy Life Weight Management Program, Diabetes Prevention, Diabetes Management, Annual Summer Weight Loss Challenge, Blood Pressure Clinic in collaboration with School of Nursing, Community Counseling Center in collaboration with Counseling Graduate Programs, and Personal Health Assessments with Biometrics

The Odessa Chambliss Center houses the Volusia Volunteers in Medicine Clinic that serves the working & uninsured population in Volusia County. It also provides space for non-for-profit organizations' programs that benefit the community at no cost. For information contact: Dr. Diana Lee, Director of the Odessa Chambliss Center for Health Equity at at 386-481-2838 or

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About Bethune Cookman University:

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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