Health Plan of San Joaquin hosts 1st African-American health empowerment luncheon

Health Plan of San Joaquin hosts 1st African-American health empowerment luncheon
October 6, 2016 Public Health Advocates
San Joaquin African American Health E

October 6, 2016 – French Camp, San Joaquin County, CA

The Health Plan of San Joaquin (HPSJ) held a luncheon for to raise awareness of health and healthcare disparities experienced by African-Americans in San Joaquin County, and to spotlight prevention and strategies that can improve the health and well-being of area African-American families and communities.  In attendance were business owners, farmers, faith-based/church leaders, educators, nutritionists, and health advocates.

According to the San Joaquin County 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment:

Survey respondents who identify as Black/African-American make up 7.6% of the county population

  • 12.3% of adult African-Americans do not have health insurance
  • 4.4% of African American youth (ages 0-18) do not have health insurance
  • Mortality due to complications from diabetes is reported as 65.1% for African-Americans
  • 12% of African-American adults are obese; 40.6% of youth in grades 5,7, and 9 are obese
  • 85.5% of African-American adults have not had a dental exam in the past year

Speakers, including PHAdvocates’ REACH representatives LaCresia Hawkins and Christina Peoples addressed the following topics:

Our Community Today

  • Health Disparities Facing African Americans in Our Community
  • What are the Barriers and Solutions to a Healthier Community?

Nutrition & Physical Activity

  • Health is Wealth: Invest in You

Health Care Resources & Partners

  • Health Care Disparities: Empowering Yourself to Prevent the Scourge
  • Empowered and Equipped to Get What You Deserve

Our Community Tomorrow

  • Calls to Action and Commitments