African American stakeholders address health disparities







JANS – Grassroots communication and social marketing are two tools African American stakeholders are using to promote influenza immunization to disparate populations. A number of health advocates were in Baltimore this week to assist the Center for Disease Control identify and develop action-oriented partnerships to broaden community involvement for the upcoming flu season, which runs September through May. Stakeholders attending the April 22-23, 2012 roundtable at the BWI Embassy Suites were (back row, l-r): Charley John, Pharmacy Manager, Walgreens, Washington, D.C.; Ronald Simmons, Ph.D., President/CEO, Us Helping Us, People Into Living, Inc., Washington, D.C.; Kym Grayson (observer), Health Communications Specialist, CDC, Atlanta, GA; Rosemary R. Cloud, Fire Chief, City of East Point Fire Dept., Fayetteville, GA; Greg Reed, MPA (observer), Immunization Program Manager CDC, Baltimore, MD; Yvonne Garcia, Health Communications Specialist, CDC, Atlanta, GA; Helen Butler, Executive Director, Georgia Coalition on the People’s Agenda, Atlanta, GA; Tracy Newsome, Senior Program Manager, American Diabetes Association, Baltimore, MD; Iyabode Akinsanya-Beysolow, MD, Medical Officer, CDC, Atlanta, GA; Elease Booker, CHES, Health Educator III, Maryland Dept. of Health, Baltimore, MD; and Glenda Mitchell, COGIC Regional Director, Harvey, LA; (front row, l-r): Salandra Benton, State Convener, Florida Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Tutusville, FL; Charles Jackson, Partnership Development Manager, American Cancer Society, Baltimore, MD; Dr. Persharon Dixon, Medical Director, Coastal Family Health Center, Biloxi, MS; Delores Millhouse, Division Director, Community Engagement, United Planning Organization, Washington, D.C.; Alice Tisdale, Publisher, Jackson Advocate; Linda Diane “LD” Bennett, National Coordinator, Office of Special Initiatives, COGIC, Charlotte, NC; Dr. Danny Avula, Deputy Director, Richmond City Health Dept., Richmond, VA; Tiffany Tate, Executive Director, Maryland Partnership for Prevention, Owens Mills, MD; Amanda Miller Littlejoin, Brand Strategist, Mopwater PR, Wash