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[October 22, 2008]

Men’s Health the Focus of Symposium on November 7:
SUNY Downstate Physicians Will Work with Men on Male Health Concerns


SUNY Downstate Medical Center has partnered with The Brooklyn Tabernacle Men and Medical Ministries, the American Cancer Society’s Brooklyn Chapter, and the Male Development and Empowerment Center at Medgar Evers College to hold the second "Dine & Learn Healthy Man Symposium" Friday, November 7, 2008. The event – called Get With It! Real Men Get the Facts on Men's Health – will take place at The Brooklyn Tabernacle, at 17 Smith Street, from 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm.  

More than 250 men attended the first symposium, where SUNY Downstate physicians spoke about pressing health issues such as heart disease and stroke, prostate health, HIV/AIDS, and new developments in treating men’s health problems, and where attendees received dinner, gifts, and health screenings.

“We had a great turnout at our last men’s health event,” said Karen Jemmott, director of Physician Outreach at SUNY Downstate and the symposium organizer, “and this year we will reach and educate more men about staying healthy.”

“We want to meet the needs of men in such areas as fitness and weight loss, nutrition, finance, senior services, mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence, managed care, skin, and dental care,” she added. The symposium will also provide help with education, career development, parenting, and men's empowerment, and have several "Meet Your Community Physicians/Providers" tables to answer men’s questions and concerns. 

Men will have networking opportunities, allowing them to seek the expertise of many different organizations in the community.  More than 50 exhibitors/organizations will be on hand to offer men health information and other support services. Men will receive Turning Point: A Healthy Man Resource Guide, a tool that will provide them with access to physicians, programs, services, and resources in their community. 

Free health screenings will include blood pressure, diabetes (blood sugar test), rapid HIV testing (with results in 20 minutes), colon cancer risk assessment, prostate check-ups, and vision testing (including glaucoma screening). There will also be free flu shots.

The event will also honor two community leaders, Robert E. Fullilove, EdD, associate dean for community and minority affairs, professor of clinical sociomedical sciences, and co-director of the Community Research Group at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, and Winston Dyer, former director of the New York Prostate Cancer Community Outreach Project. Dr. Fullilove will be recognized for his work in HIV education and other public health issues and Mr. Dyer will be honored for his dedication to prostate cancer prevention and treatment. 

Dinner will be served and gift bags will be distributed to each man as a token of appreciation for his participation.  Some participants will also win prizes (gift cards, certificates and coupons) during the answer/question sessions.

Due to limited seating, men are urged to register by calling 718-270-7350.



SUNY Downstate Medical Center, founded in 1860, was the first medical school in the United States to bring teaching out of the lecture hall and to the patient’s bedside. A center of innovation and excellence in research and clinical service delivery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center comprises a College of Medicine, Colleges of Nursing and Health Related Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a Graduate Public Health Program, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and an Advanced Biotechnology Park and Biotechnology Incubator.

SUNY Downstate ranks eighth nationally in the number of alumni who are on the faculty of American medical schools.  More physicians practicing in New York City have graduated from SUNY Downstate than from any other medical school.