Healthy Savannah hosts Community Forum


Evelyn Lewis
Evelyn Lewis

Citizens concerned about their health and the health of their community are invited to attend a special Healthy Savannah Community Forum at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 29, at the Savannah Civic Center.

Keynote speaker will be Dr. Evelyn Lewis, Executive Medical Director for the Uniformed Services University Center for Health Disparities Education and Research. Dr Lewis, a national expert on the social, economic and cultural influences on health, will help citizens learn how their health is affected by factors like public policy and the environment in which we live.

The purpose of the forum is to help people understand what factors have the greatest impact on our health in Savannah. Participants will also engage in active dialogue around actions we can take to improve our health individually and within the communities where we live.

This powerful and distinctive event will engage hundreds of community residents in fitness activity and discussions around obesity, nutrition, smoking, transportation, civic master planning and other fitness issues that might affect their health.

The tentative agenda for the forum includes Malik Watkins of the University of Georgia; Dr. Michael Toma, PhD on Armstrong Atlantic State University on Savannah’s Community Indicators; Craig Clements on Civic Master Planning; Keynote address by Dr. Evelyn Lewis. A facilitated discussion with forum participants will follow.

Healthy Savannah is a coalition of more than 65 businesses, nonprofits, healthcare agencies, governments, schools and neighborhood organizations. It is an initiative created in 2007 by Savannah Mayor Otis Johnson.

African Americans are 29 percent more likely to die from cardiovascular disease than whites, prostate death is twice as high, and African American women have a higher mortality rate from breast cancer than any other f groups.

The community forum is sponsored by The Junior League of Savannah, The 100 Black Men of Savannah, The City of Savannah, St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System, Memorial Medical Center, GeoVista Credit Union, Savannah State University, and the A Phillip Randolph Institute.

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