In honor of Black History Month and American Heart Month, the leading global voluntary health organization, American Heart Association is bringing together the most influential Black women in our nation to address prevalent health disparities affecting Black women, the ongoing global pandemic, it’s effect in communities, and COVID-19.
As part of the Association’s movement, Go Red for Women, EmPOWERED to Serve will host a roundtable to discuss their commitment to health justice and health outcomes for Black women. The hour-long event is free and open to the public.
Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming event.
Who will moderate?
Amy Dubois Barnett, the Vice President of Digital for Black Entertainment Television (BET) will serve as moderator of the event. The powerhouse panel brings together the national leaders of all four of the Divine Nine National Pan-Hellenic Council sororities and The Links, Inc.
Who are the women included in the panel:
The list of panelists include:
Mary Bentley LaMar, North Atlantic Regional Director of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc.,
Beverly Evans Smith, National President and CEO of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.,
Valerie Hollingsworth Baker, International President of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.,
Rasheeda Liberty, International President of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.,
Kimberly Jeffries Leonard, Ph.D., National President of The Links, Inc.,
Cheryl Pegus, M.D., a member of the American Heart Association Board of Directors and Executive Vice President of Walmart Health & Wellness.
About the organizations:
The organizations taking part in this event represent Black women across our nation and have national alliances with the American Heart Association, all of which are jointly committed to improving the social determinants of health in the communities that they serve.
The American Heart Association is committed to go beyond words and help accelerate social equity by declaring structural racism as a major cause of poor health and premature death.
- AHA President’s Advisory: Structural racism causes poor health, premature death from heart disease and stroke
- AHA 2024 Health Equity Impact Goal
- AHA Presidential Advisory on Rural Health Inequalities
- Voices for Health Kids: $2.5 Million granted to 16 community organizations committed to racial health equity.
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health, and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us here, on Facebook, Twitter, or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.
The EmPOWERED to Serve Black Women and Well-Being Roundtable virtual event will take place on Thursday, February 25th, 2021 at 5PM PST/7PM CST/8 PM EST.
To register for the EmPOWERED to Serve Black Women and Well-Being Roundtable, click here.