Reclaiming Our Health – Winning the Fight Against HIV, Hypertension and Diabetes



For more information, contact:
Wayne Stephens
612 Vinings Forest Ct.
Smyrna, GA 30080
Phone: (404) 229-4056
0r 404 533 1248
Email: [email protected]

Reclaiming Our Health – Winning the Fight Against HIV, Hypertension and Diabetes

Atlanta, GA, February 4, 2005 –

United for Jamaica, the Atlanta Jamaican Association and Integrity Children’s Fund under the Auspices of the Honourary Counsel General for Jamaica in Atlanta Vin Martin present a medical forum and panel discussion, “Reclaiming our health – winning the fight against HIV, hypertension and diabetes.”

The purpose of this forum is to bring attention to the impact of these illnesses on our community and how we can individually and collectively restore our health. You may not be aware that HIV is spreading most rapidly among black heterosexual women. You may not be aware that your newborn baby could contract diabetes.

To further explore these and related issues, please join us on Saturday, February 26th at 3:00 p.m. at the Auburn Avenue Research Library, located at 101 Auburn Avenue.

The program consists of presentations and a panel discussion by health professionals, including physicians, social workers and natural practitioners. Also, there will be free diabetes and hypertension screenings, informational booths from local organizations, and tasty Caribbean refreshments.

The expert panel includes Dr. Joy Church, Assistant Professor, Emory University Medical School; Dr. Chris Parker, Health Researcher, Georgia State University; Ms. Taliba Ndidi, Natural Health pokesperson, Spring Star Botanicals and Ms. Fray Gordon, Case Manager at AID Gwinnett in Gwinnett County.

“There is an urgent need for events of this type in our community. We want to do our part by providing a forum for discussion and education, and offering basic health screenings. This event is a joint effort between three local Caribbean organizations, and it is exciting to be working together to achieve a common goal,” says Lisa Watson, vice-president of United for Jamaica.

United for Jamaica, the Atlanta Jamaica Association and Integrity Children’s Fund are three local Caribbean civic organizations, whose objectives include showcasing issues related to the Jamaican and wider Caribbean community in Atlanta. For more information about this event, please contact Wayne Stephens at (404) 229-4056 or email [email protected].