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DETROIT – KICK, the agency for LGBT African Americans, is hosting the second annual Health & Wellness Expo from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Nov. 16 at KICK – The Center in Detroit, 48 Burroughs St., Detroit. This free, community-wide expo will focus specifically on issues of importance to the black community, including HIV/AIDS, diabetes, heart disease, mental health, domestic violence and smoking cessation. Topics will include HIV/AIDS, diabetes, heart disease, addition, mental, domestic violence and smoking cessation.
There will be health screenings, lectures and activities throughout the day. Scheduled to appear are Kezia Curtis, organizer and farmer of Freedom Freedom,
Makini Acket, creator of Cultural Roots Art Camp, Terrell Thomas, fitness instructor of The Thomas Group, Alfredo Smith, early intervention specialist from AIDS Partnership Michigan and Jinannh Jones, special outreach coordinator Michigan AIDS Coalition.
“This is an opportunity for health care providers and other medical/pharmaceutical representatives to present health information and resources, and for the community to take advantage of a variety of screenings as well as access vital information,” said Rhiannon Chester, program coordinator.
“The increasing rise of HIV/AIDS infection rates in African American men is out of control,” said Curtis Lipscomb, executive director at KICK. “Prevention efforts have been proven to lower the harshness of health disparities. Safe spaces to discuss healthy sexual relationships are essential and necessary for meaningful and relevant dialogue between persons of all ages.”
According to the Center of Disease Control, the five leading deaths of Blacks are heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes and unintentional injuries. In addition, Blacks or African Americans have disproportionately high prevalence of hypertension, high cholesterol, smoking, obesity, asthma, and poor nutrition risk factors.
For more information contact program coordinator Rhiannon Chester at 313-285-9733 or firstname.lastname@example.org.