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[November 10, 2010]  

Third Dine & Learn Healthy Woman Symposium to be Held November 18

SUNY Downstate Medical Center will hold its third Dine & Learn Healthy Woman Symposium, themed “Loving Yourself Healthy…Now,” on Thursday, November 18, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, at the Bethany Baptist Church, 460 Marcus Garvey Boulevard, Brooklyn, New York 11216.

Dine & Learn health education outreach programs, begun by SUNY Downstate in 2003, have brought health information to thousands of women, men, senior citizens, and young people in Brooklyn. More than 800 women attended the last Healthy Woman Symposium in 2007.

“Women usually are the healthcare decision makers in their families. A better understanding of women’s own health and healthcare needs is therefore an important step toward improving the well-being of the family and the community as a whole,” says Karen Jemmott, director of physician outreach at SUNY Downstate.

Physicians from SUNY Downstate will offer advice on such topics as heart disease, diabetes, nutrition, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, substance abuse, domestic violence, endometriosis, fibroids, and menopause. There will also be vision testing and flu shots. Through the support of the Central Brooklyn Cancer Screening program, women 40 and older who are uninsured will be registered for free mammograms, pap smears, and breast and colorectal exams. 

More than 50 exhibitors or organizations will be on hand to offer women health information and other support services in the areas of education, career development, fitness, weight loss, nutrition, finance, senior services, mental health, managed care, skin, hair and dental care, and empowerment.  Women will receive Through the Grapevine: A Healthy Woman Resource Guide to improve access to physicians, programs, services, and resources in their community.

Terrie Williams, author of Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting, will sign copies of her book. Ms. Williams will also host the event, which is being held by SUNY Downstate in partnership with Bethany Baptist Church, the National Association of People with AIDS, and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Manhattan Chapter. Because seating is limited, those wishing to attend should 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 School of Public Health, 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.