Loma Linda University Health to Host Black Men’s Health Fair

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Loma Linda University Health will host the Black Men’s Health Fair in Riverside, Calif. on Sunday (Aug. 18) to focus on health concerns that disproportionately affect African-American men.

Loma Linda University Health will host the Black Men’s Health Fair on Sunday (Aug. 18) to focus on health concerns that disproportionately affect African-American men.

The Black Men’s Health Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Kansas Avenue Seventh-day Adventist Church, 4491 Kansas Ave., Riverside, Calif. 92507. The free health fair is presented by Loma Linda University Center for Health Disparities and Molecular Medicine, Loma Linda University Schools of Medicine and Behavioral Health, and Project C.H.A.N.G.E. (Changing Health for Adult Men with New and Great Experiences).

“We’re very excited to offer the Black Men’s Health Fair to help bring attention to health issues that affect African-American men in greater numbers,” said Carlos Casiano, Ph.D., associate director of the LLU Center for Health Disparities and Molecular Medicine who, is organizing the health fair with Susanne Montgomery, Ph.D., of the LLU Behavioral Health Institute.

At the health fair, volunteers from various departments and schools at LLUH will offer African-American adult males (21 years old or older) a variety of services such as free cholesterol, diabetes, blood pressure, weight and respiratory health screening, as well as education about prostate cancer and how lifestyle and stress affect health.

The fair will also offer these men an opportunity to assist LLU medical researchers in learning more about men’s health and how men make decisions about health risks and prevention. A team of LLU medical researchers, led by professors Casiano and Montgomery, is investigating the links between stress and prostate cancer in men from different racial and ethnic groups. “Our goal is to develop innovative strategies to reduce the high incidence and mortality of prostate cancer in our communities,” Casiano said.

The Center for Health Disparities and Molecular Medicine has been designated by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a Center of Excellence in Minority Health and Health Disparities.

For more information, call 909-558-9581, or e-mail to dionbingturner(at)llu(dot)edu .

About Loma Linda University Health (LLUH)

Loma Linda University Health includes Loma Linda University's eight professional schools, Loma Linda University Medical Center's six hospitals and more than 900 faculty physicians located in the Inland Empire of Southern California. Established in 1905, LLUH is a global leader in education, research and clinical care. It offers over 100 academic programs and provides quality health care to 40,000 inpatients and 1.5 million outpatients each year. A Seventh-day Adventist organization, LLUH is a faith-based health system with a mission "to continue the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ."

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