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The 2013 East Contra Costa African American Health Improvement Collaborative is comprised of: East Contra Costa African American community residents, John Muir Hospital, Sutter Delta Medical Center, Contra Costa Health Services, Los Medanos Community Healthcare District, Contra Costa Regional Health Foundation and representatives from other East County non-profits and local churches. It is the goal of the collaborative to reduce health disparities and inequities for African Americans who reside in East Contra Costa County.

Contra Costa County African Americans of all ages are disproportionately affected by a variety of health disparities (inequitable differences in health and life expectancy) than any other racial group in the county.

According to the Contra Costa Community Health Indicator Report of 2010, Contra Costa African Americans have significantly higher rates of death in the county, as well as nationally overall for a number of specific causes of death, including heart disease, cancers (all types combined, female breast cancer, colorectal, lung and prostate) diabetes, stroke, homicide, unintentional injuries, fetal and infant death, and HIV disease.

We are grateful to the Contra Costa African American residents who came and participated in the 2013 Expo on Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. 2:30 p.m. at Pittsburg High School, Pittsburg, CA. They learned how they as individuals and by working with others could respond to these dire health disparities.

Let us shout as Martin Luther King said so eloquently "Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality."- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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One of the highest
tributes we can pay
to our families is
to be healthy!

Don't miss our next Health Expo on Saturday, September 20, 2014. Become a participant in the next African American Health Empowerment Expo by sponsoring a resource table or as a volunteer.

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2013 | Press Release
    Expo Goal is Improving African Americans' Health

2013 African American Health
Empowerment Expo (AAHEE)

Workshop Description

Limited space to 40 participants in the morning and afternoon sessions

Cooking with Chef Berlin

Sponsored by: American Heart Association and John Muir Hospital Small group hands on workshop were participants will learn how to easily include a medley of fresh fruits and vegetables in daily meal planning and preparation to encourage healthier meal options.

Juicing 101

Sponsored by: American Heart Association and John Muir Hospital
Bldg B, Room
Small group juicing demonstrations were participants will learn about the benefits of juicing and the added nutritional value offering fresh fruit & vegetable juices to their family. Participants in the workshop will be able to sample fresh fruit & vegetable juice receipts.

Stop Stress in its Tracks

Workshop facilitator: Trinity Family Wellness Center - Carrie Frazier, DM, LCSW
Bldg B, Room
Participants will discuss and explore easy techniques on how to manage stress. Learn different ways to eliminate stress through relaxation exercises that can be done at home.

Hypertension & Diabetes Education

Workshop facilitator:
Bldg B, Room
Participants will learn how to better manage hypertension and diabetes by understanding their numbers and knowing what to ask their doctor.

Get Moving for Life

Workshop facilitator:
Cafeteria, Bldg C
Participants will learn how to include fitness and exercise in their daily routine. The workshop will include a Zumba workout session. Participants should wear loose, comfortable clothes.

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