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Building Communities: Empowering for Health
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California Center For Healthy Communities: California Endowment Conference Center -- Sep 23, 2008 -- The Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s is working to assure that fellow African-Americans and African Diaspora Immigrants are not simply members of the healthcare workforce, but that they are also actively involved in strategies that will ultimately reduce the current disparities in health status seen in these populations. The intent is to work through the often overlooked family and friend networks, connecting grassroots community leaders to others with a vested interest in health success. The Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s creates the environment in which persons can revisit and re-identify the deterrents to good health – moving person to person, family to family, community to community, organization to organization, etc. Such was the opportunity provided at the first annual strategy meeting “Building Communities: Empowering for Health” held September 11, 2008. Invited participants include grassroots community members and leaders, representatives from the business community, representatives from high schools, colleges, and universities; various healthcare organizations, insurance company representatives, real estate representatives, beauty and barber shop representatives; public policy makers, media representatives (radio, television, and print), and local, state, and national politicians. African-American and African Diaspora Immigrants brought their honest and informed perspectives, experiences, strategies, and plans to the forefront of the discussions. Follow up small group gatherings and conference calls will be held throughout the year to further explore the identified issues and strategies. Person interested in sharing and engaging open information about their perceptions of strategies that could make a difference and how they can be a part of the progress towards wellness should email villageprojects@aol.com.