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It Takes A Village: An Innovative Approach To Reducing Preventable Illness

Oct 21, 2015

The African Proverb “It takes a Village” animates a lecture series developed in the wake of the riots and uprising in Baltimore last spring. The Black Mental Health Alliance is curating a series of talks on the unmet health needs in communities facing high rates of poverty and unemployment. The Alliance was founded in 1983. It provides training, resource referrals, and education on mental health issues. Their lecture series is called Baltimore Rising: Summoning The Village.

Next up on the series, tomorrow night, will be Dr. Gayle Porter. She is the Co-Director of The Gaston & Porter Health Improvement Center in Potomac, an organization that provides free health services for black women between the ages of 40 and 75. One of her most well-known projects is called Prime Time Sister Circles, a free, nation-wide support group that focuses on helping women of color deal with a spectrum of health challenges. Dr. Porter joins Tom in the studio, along with Sheri Brown who was a participant in a Baltimore Prime Time Sister Circle a decade ago.

She’ll be speaking about the Disparities in Health Outcomes Faced by African American Women tomorrow night at 6:00 at the Eubie Blake Cultural Center on North Howard Street, in Baltimore. Her remarks will be followed by a panel discussion with Katie Allston, from Marian House, the Rev. Deborah Hickman the founder of Sisters Together and Reaching, and Sister Leslie Muhammad, the Director of the Nation of Islam Women and Girl’s Training Program.