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Eating Our Way to Healthy Hearts: Closing the Gap in Black Health Disparities
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Join us on Thursday, February 16, 2023 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Norfolk State University for a panel discussion featuring Carla Hall, celebrity chef, to learn more about healthy eating and how watching what you eat can improve your cardiovascular health. 

Heart disease is the number one killer for all Americans, but African Americans are at a higher risk of developing heart disease than other ethnic groups. Cardiovascular disease accounts for about one-third of the disparity in potential life-years lost between Black and white Americans. Of African American women ages 20 and older, 49 percent have heart diseases but only 1 in 5 African American women believes she is personally at risk. 

Discussion topics will include the facts about health disparities for Black Americans, the road to trust between health care and the Black community, breaking down systemic barriers and building equity, and what we can do to advocate, educate, and maintain self-care. 


The panel is hosted by Center for Public Health Initiatives at Norfolk State University & Norfolk State University Center of Excellence in Minority Health Disparities in partnership with the Riverside Health System, Truist & EVMS and will feature Carla Hall, Frankye Myers, MSN, RN, NE-BC, Jill Comess, DHSc, MS, RDN, Dr. Mekbib Gemeda, Dr. Felicia Mebane, PhD, MSPH, Mark Johnson, Quetel Sellers and April Woodard. Learn more about the panelists

We will demonstrate Riverside’s commitment to building trust in communities of color and underserved communities through outreach and engagement efforts, foster diverse community partnerships that promote health equity and focus on social determinants of health. Click here for more information