Black Women’s Health Awareness Day is June 15

The Evanston Public Library is hosting its first Black Women’s Health Awareness Day on Saturday, June 15 from 2 to 5 pm.

While there are many healthcare options and resources for women in our community, health disparities persist for Black women. This event will highlight many of the health issues and social concerns specifically affecting Black women’s wellness and healthcare. Topics to be covered include breast cancer, affordable healthcare options, Alzheimer’s disease and mental health, diabetes, and heart disease.

The event, which is free, will take a holistic approach to health, examining solutions and support for healthy mind, body, and soul/spiritual areas for women of color. Participants will be able to browse a mini-marketplace of health and wellness information on vendor tables, take part in interactive Hip Hop Workout sessions, hear from a panel of Black health professionals, hospital wellness providers, community members, and self-care practitioners.

All are welcome. Register by calling 847-448-8620 or online at:

Speakers will include:

Keynote Speaker: Lisa Peyton-Caire founded Black Women’s Wellness Day, Madison (WI) in honor of her mother Roberta Peyton. Black Women’s Wellness Day is an annual health summit now in its tenth year that aims to inform, inspire, and empower women and girls of color to build and sustain healthy, wellness-centered lives.

Tiosha Bailey: Tiosha Bailey is Executive Director of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the first African-American woman to head this breast cancer research, funding, and awareness organization. She will talk about disparities in breast cancer treatment and the future of Komen’s pink campaigns.

Pamela Cook: Pamela Cook is a life coach, inspirational speaker and performer. She is the founder of I am Pamela and of the Mosaic Experience, a method to help organizations shape their culture and work environments.

Siddiqu The Personal Trainer, Chicago Fit 4 Life:  Siddiqu is a certified nutritionist and personal trainer certified by the International Sports Sciences Association, American Council of Exercise, and the National Federation of Personal Training. His educational background includes a BA in Marketing from Depaul University. He is pursuing an MBA/MS from Loyola University Chicago. He will talk about nutrition and how to ease into an exercise plan for those who have not exercised in ages.

Ramona Burress and Beulah Brent, Sisters Working It Out (SWIO):  Ramona Burress is the mother of three teenagers and a metastatic breast cancer patient. She serves as interim president of SWIO. She works as a health administrator and specialty clinical pharmacist, emphasizing patient care of those diagnosed with cancer, HIV, hepatitis, and organ transplant. Ramona serves as a board member of the AIDS Foundation Chicago, Leaders of Literacy, SWIO Breast Cancer Organization, and Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center. Beulah Brent is CEO of SWIO. She is undeniably one of the most passionate, hard-working, results driven individuals in the Chicagoland medical industry today with a long career in the world of healthcare. She also plays an integral part in the organization of multiple healthcare benefits around the city.

Sisters Working It Out is a Cancer Awareness and Health Advocacy non-profit organization dedicated to serving African-American and other minority women in medically underserved communities on the South and West Sides of Chicago. SWIO educates and empowers women of color as well as connects them to quality preventive health services.

Jacqueline Boyd, Founder, The Care Plan. Jacqueline Boyd is an aging specialist and LGBTQI advocate.

Jasmin Hislop, North Shore CHIP: Learn about health coverage through the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Jasmine is a visual artist, educator, and healthcare advocate.


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