Black Men’s Health Summit goes ‘live’ with first e-summit webcast during Father’s Day weekend
By Yolanda Woodlee
ORLANDO, FL – The Central Florida Pharmacy Council (CFPC) will go “LIVE” on the internet with its first Black Men’s Health Summit webcast on Saturday, June 20, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Participants can log on to Blackmenshealthsummit.com or watch the broadcast on Orange TV and Vision TV or at several local sites in Orlando, Winter Park and Sanford.
This year’s theme is “Cancers That Hit Below The Belt.” The live webcast will allow participants to submit questions that will be answered during the live webcast.
“The E-Summit is a live interactive health education webcast that will address health issues that are important to Black men,” said Dr. Angela Adams, a pharmacist and executive director of the CFPC. “It’s a first of its kind. We are moving into the 21st Century with this year’s summit. The men can watch with their families or whoever they want and wherever they want, including the convenience of their own homes.”
This is the first year the CFPC, the nonprofit organization which has sponsored the health summit for 19 years, will provide the same life-saving in-formation and access to services on the internet. The summit, which began that as a church event in 1996, has previously been held at the Orange County Convention Center.
“The E-Summit provides a unique opportunity to reach men anywhere in the world,” Dr. Adams said. “The E-Summit can be accessed via computer, Smart phone, tablet and cable TV. Participants will hear from top-notch specialists in the area of cancers that affect men.”
The speakers for the Health E-Summit Webcast are: Dr. Abraham Woods, who has practiced urology in Central Florida for more than 30 years; Dr. Robert T. Baker, who has served as chief of gastroenterology at Orlando Regional Medical Center for 10 years and is recognized by Orlando Magazine as a “Top Doctor” in the Orlando area; and Dr. David Robinson, the medical director at Florida Hospital Cancer Institute and a physician at Premier Hematology and Oncology.
Participants can register at: Blackmenshealthsummit.com. The men can choose to view the webcast at one of the live webcast locations; broadcast live on Orange or Vision television; or on their personal computers, Smart phones or tablets.
Men can watch the live webcast at the following locations: STAR 94.5 Studios; Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church; and The Worship Center, in Orlando; The Florida Blue Care Center in Winter Park; and the Seminole Health Department in Sanford.
All the registered participants on the internet or in attendance at the E-Summit locations will receive a voucher to take part in free health screenings on July 18th in Orlando for prostate cancer, heart disease, HIV, oral cancer, hearing, vision and mental health. The men will also receive a free gift, health and wellness educational materials, and the chance to win cash and free prizes. While men can walk in and participate at these webcast sites, they are encouraged to register online so they will be eligible to receive breakfast and free gifts.
“Many men do not go to the doctor because they are fearful of hearing a diagnosis,” Dr. Adams said. “They think getting a diagnosis is a death sentence. Not getting tested can be a death sentence because if many diseases are caught early, they can be treated and cured.”
Her goal remains to reduce the number of deaths of men of color, including African American, Haitian and Caribbean men in Central Florida, who die because they lack health insurance and do not get tested for diseases that affect them disproportionately.
The Black Men’s Health Summit webcast is free. Men can register online at www.blackmenshealthsummit.com.
For additional information, contact the Central Florida Pharmacy Council at (407) 647-9339.