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Tuesday, October 09, 2012

BREAST CANCER DISPARITIES IN ATLANTA Leading Medical Experts and Breast Cancer Survivors "Get to the Root" on Matters Concerning Breast Cancer Treatments, Health Legislation and Prevention

Leading Medical Experts and Breast Cancer Survivors "Get to the Root" on Matters Concerning Breast Cancer Treatments, Health Legislation and Prevention
The Center for Black Women's Wellness and the Black Women's Health Imperative co-host a community forum to address statistics and provide hope and help in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

WHAT: The Center for Black Women's Wellness (CBWW) in partnership with the Black Women's Health Imperative presents a community forum entitled "Getting to the Root: Breast Cancer Disparities in Atlanta." This event seeks to tackle the ongoing dialogue around breast cancer treatments, health legislation, and prevention in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Featuring a panel discussion of notable health professionals and cancer survivors and a performance by singer/songwriter Avery*Sunshine, this event serves as the kick-off to a month of action around breast cancer.

WHO:  "Getting to the Root" has assembled a group of breast cancer specialists, survivors and advocates including-
  • JaQuitta Williams, Mistress of Ceremonies: Williams' career in TV news spans nearly 20 years and includes anchoring, reporting, producing and writing. Williams has publicly battled a diagnosis of breast cancer and recently celebrated 5 years of surviving her diagnosis.
  • Ebony Steele, Survivor: This national radio personality can be heard sharing the airwaves each morning on the syndicated Rickey Smiley Show. In 2005 Steele joined the masses of women diagnosed with breast cancer. Now a 5-year survivor, Steele serves as a Susan G. Komen Circle of Promise Ambassador and General Mills Pink Together Ambassador.
  • Dr. Kimberly Jacob Arriola, PhD, MPH, Panelist: Dr. Arriola is an Associate Professor in the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education. Dr. Arriola's work focuses on improving the health of marginalized populations and communities of color.
  • Dr. April Speed, MD, Panelist: Dr. Speed is known as a breast expert and is one of the newest additions to the staff at Dekalb Medical, Hillandale. She provides 100% breast services to women, men and adolescents exclusively at the Hillandale location. Dr. Speed is a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons, the Society of Surgical Oncology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology( ASCO) and the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Speed is a highly sought-after speaker, author, consultant and lecturer on breast cancer and breast health.
  • Amanda Ptashkin, JD, Panelist: Amanda Ptashkin serves as the Outreach and Advocacy Director of Georgians for a Healthy Future. She spent the last three years in Pennsylvania working as the State Health Alliances and Grassroots Director for Pennsylvania and Delaware with the American Heart Association. Ptashkin is a licensed attorney with a passion for health policy and advocacy. 
WHEN: Wednesday, October 10 at 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Morehouse School of Medicine
720 Westview Drive, SW
Atlanta GA 30310

WHY: According to data from the Center for Disease Control, Atlanta has higher than average incidence of breast cancer among African American women as compared to white women. CBWW has long been involved in the fight to provide adequate medical care and early detection to this demographic. "Getting to the Root: Breast Cancer Disparities in Atlanta" unites CBWW with the Black Women's Health Imperative to explore:
  1. what is known about breast cancer health disparities between Black women and women of other ethnicities;
  2. identify effective strategies for addressing these disparities; and
  3. determine how best to disseminate what is known about closing the disparity gap. 
ADDITIONAL NOTE: The event will debut a national PSA developed by the Black Women's Health Imperative, exclusively designed to speak to Black women under 40 regarding early detection and self-exams.  The PSA features singer/songwriter/pianist Avery*Sunshine whose music is a cornucopia of sound and song that seeks to heal. Both in the PSA and in her live performance at "Getting to the Root," Avery*Sunshine provides a musical message of inspiration and hope.

MEDIA COVERAGE:  For event coverage and/or media interview requests with event participants, please contact Valencia Walton, or call 678-884-4008, ext. 704General public attendance is now closed for this event.  To learn more about CBWW, visit and to learn more about The Black Women's Health Imperative is

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