Cleveland Clinic Celebrates Multicultural Women’s Health & Wellness
This past weekend I traveled to Cleveland, my hometown–born and raised through my high school years. Although I stayed with and spent time with longtime family friends, that’s not why I made the trip. I was there to attend Cleveland Clinic’s Celebrate Sisterhood, a program dedicated to educating, energizing and empowering women of color to embrace self-care.
It was the 15th year of this signature event with over 700 women in attendance. Dr. Linda Bradley, Founder and Chair of this initiative shares her passion for educating multicultural women at Cleveland Clinic– making an impact on the community one person at a time. President and CEO, Tom Mihaljevic M.D. provided opening remarks, inspired by the tradition of strong participation and commitment to growing a culture of health and wellness in our community.
Cleveland Clinic, one of the world’s most highly ranked health providers, believes that women who care for their physical, mental and emotional health take charge of their destinies. They recommend that when women become a stronger healthcare advocate for themselves, their family and their community, women can create positive change in the world.
Why I Joined Celebrate Sisterhood 2018
I’ve been following women’s health & wellness issues for several years, but I was still stunned this past July when I watched an NBC Today Show Story about how Gender Bias in healthcare was adversely impacting women’s health. The well produced story reported that although heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women and they are nearly twice as likely as men to die in the year following a heart attack, only 40 percent of women’s routine care includes a heart risk check. Too often, doctors treat women at risk for heart disease very differently than men.
I was already aware that African-American women are at greater risk for disease, disability and early death than women of any other race. Diabetes, asthma, hypertension and obesity are some of the challenges we face. Cleveland Clinic promised that Celebrate Sisterhood 2018 would bring women of color together for fun, engaging, informative events including:
- Self- improvement messages from great speakers from Cleveland Clinic and from the wellness community
- Free health screenings and advice from registered dietitians
- Resources to get help if health problems are detected
- Mindfulness, inspiring music, and healthy food recipes and eating routines
Who I Met and Learned From
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: “How to Go from Surviving to Thriving” Ellen Burts-Cooper, PhD, MBA
- “Younger Next Year: Live Vibrantly, Passionately and Fit for a Lifetime” Andrea Sikon, MD, FACP | Pelin Batur, MD, FACP | Lyla Blake-Gumbs, MD
- “Love Does Not Hurt: Empowering Stories of Life after Violence” Diane Young, MD, | Thelma Lampkins and Renita Jefferson
LIVE DEMOS: Celebrity Chef Cooking Demonstrations
- “Risk-Reducing Strategies in Gynecologic Cancer: The Power of Positive Energy” Jason Knight, MD
Speaking of Women’s Health – Continuous Learning
I also discovered Speaking of Women’s Health, a program of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Specialized Women’s Health whose mission is:
“Educating women to make informed decisions about health, well-being and personal safety for themselves and their families.”
I will be accessing the up-to-date information from social media and e-newsletter on preventive health and wellness from Speaking of Women’s Health in the future as a way of ensuring continuous learning.
Following the fun and informative Saturday in Cleveland, I feel more empowered to self-coach and coach others on the many health and wellness performance improvement issues for all women. The Cleveland Clinic tools and resources I’ve acquired access to will be extremely valuable going forward. I believe you will find them a powerful addition to yourself and the women in your life!