From Nan Van Den Bergh, PhD, LCSW, associate professor, School of Social Work, Florida International University:
Who: Rainbow Ladies-Our Space, Beta Phi Omega Sorority, ARROW, Inc. (Area Resource and Referral Organization for Women: Targeting LBT Women’s Health)
What: Women of Color Health Expo
Theme: Increasing Health Promotion for Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Women of Color
When: Saturday, September 24, 2011
Where: Pride Center—2040 North Dixie Hwy., Wilton Manors, FL 33305
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Purpose: As an underserved and at risk population for many health challenges, the purpose of this health expo is to offer education and screening resources for lesbian, bisexual and transgendered (LBT) women of color. This is an historic event as there has been no prior health promotion activity undertaken within SE Florida explicitly for this population. Federally funded research has shown that LBT women experience barriers to health care which create high risks for the following: breast cancer, gynecological cancers, heart disease, lung cancer, diabetes and impaired mental health.
Organizations which will offer health promotion education and screenings at the event include: Broward County Department of Health, Memorial Regional Hospital, Holy Cross Hospital, Broward Community and Family Health, YWCA Family Wellness Program, Community Life Support, The Beautiful Gate, plus others. The following are areas of specific focus: 1) breast and cervical cancer, 2) hypertension, 3) diabetes, 4) STDs and HIV infection. In addition, alternative and complementary medicine practitioners will be present. Free clinical breast exams will be provided, as well as screening for HIV infection, plus blood sugar and cholesterol. As special opportunities, “stress busters” and self-defense workshops for women will also be offered.
Despite the Health Expo’s emphasis on LBT women of color, please note that ALL women are welcome to attend this event and receive health promotion information plus free prevention screening!
This event is made possible by a generous grant from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Miami Ft. Lauderdale affiliate, with assistance by Catalyst/HSC. There is no cost to attend. There will be food, entertainment, raffles and give aways. For more information and details call (305) 772-4712, (305)-892-0928 or visit www.rainbowladiesourspaceinc.org