The Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc. (ABC) is excited to have Harlem as part of its annual Spirit of the Heart (SOH) tour in Harlem. ABC member and localhost, Dr. Icilma Fergus, in collaboration with The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce along with other ABC members will kick off the New York City event on Saturday, November 2nd, 2019, with a free community-wide Health Fair from 10 am – 4 pm, at the Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Building, 2 nd Floor Art Gallery in Harlem, NY.
The Health Fair will provide free health screenings and other related information from partners such as Mt. Sinai, Harlem Hospital Center, and Columbia University Medical Center. Activities for seniors and children as well as door prizes will also be available.
A Community Leaders’ Forum will be held at the Harlem Commonwealth Council located 361 West 125th Street at 12noon until 2:30 pm (by invitation only). The Forum will bring Harlem community leaders together from diverse backgrounds, including healthcare, faith, and government to discuss the state of cardiovascular health in Harlem and the surrounding area. Cheryl Wills, Anchor “NY1 Live at 10” and Host “In Focus with Cheryl Wills” is the Emcee’ for the event. The goal of the Forum is to explore the state of cardiovascular health in the community as well as highlight the importance of adequate access to healthcare for all patients, including those at the highest risk for death and debilitation related to improper diagnosis and treatment.
“Forums such as the joint event with the Association of Black Cardiologists and the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce are very important to share preventative information and encourage community members to engage in advocacy,” says Dr. Fergus. “Heart Disease is the leading cause of death in the nation and the World. It is often intertwined with several other conditions. Heart disease is 80% preventable with the right tools such as managing blood pressure, sleep, stress, diabetes, and smoking. In fact, researchers found that “people with existing high blood pressure or type 2 diabetes who slept less than six hours were twice as likely to die from heart disease or stroke.” The findings were published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
According to Cassandra McCullough, CEO at the ABC, the entire membership is proud to include Harlem for the first time on its 2019 tour. It could not have been made possible without the continued support of our members, volunteers, and corporate sponsors.
The Spirit of the Heart, a more than 10-year signature community-based program of the ABC, is designed to help Community leaders, consumers, and others understand the disparities of Cardiovascular disease (CVD) and knowledge that heart disease is preventable with adequate access to care and heart-healthy practices that are essential for optimal living. The SOH tours Atlanta, GA, Chicago, IL, New York City, NY, Orange County, CA, Richmond, VA, and San Francisco, CA, in 2019.
The mission of the Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc. (ABC), is to champion the elimination of CV disparities through education, research and advocacy. ABC is dedicated to eliminating the disparities related to CVD in all people of color. The ABC is a Washington, D.C. based international membership non-profit organization of nearly 45 years. Its members include more than 1,800 healthcare providers of all disciplines, corporations, health advocates, laypersons and others committed in advancing its mission. www.abcardio.org
The mission of our Chamber is to improve the quality of life for all of our members and associates, as well as to develop and attract quality business and professional services. They are pleased that our Chamber continues to attract an ever-growing local, regional, national and international support base, ranging from single proprietors to Fortune 500 Corporations. Our members consist of those who wish to contribute to and thrive from Harlem’s world-renowned vitality and recognition as a worldwide tourist, entertainment, sports, arts, cultural, educational, historic, religious and health services destination of international diversity. https://www.greaterharlemchamber.com
For more information about the Harlem Spirit of the Heart Tour contact Donna Walker-Kuhne at (718) 757-6206 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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