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Miami Valley Hospital Participates in Minority Health Month Event

Hospital to be represented in annual Cultural Health Festival through Mahogany’s Child program

Dayton, OH, April 1, 2007 – Miami Valley Hospital will participate will participate in the annual Cultural Health Festival through its Mahogany’s Child program.

This event is slated to take place on Saturday, April 7 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Mahogany's Child is an African American Women's Health Program that began at Miami Valley Hospital in June 2001 to educate women on healthy behavior and to emphasize the importance of early detection of disease. Mahogany's Child works to educate, remove barriers and provide resources so that African American women can make informed healthcare decisions and create a healthier lifestyle for themselves and their families. The program leaders do this by tapping into beliefs, attitudes and values of the target population in a culturally sensitive and appropriate manner.

“The festival is geared to the entire family and will include fun heath activities, games, music and dancing demonstrations,” says Frankye Herald RN program manager of Mahogany’s Child.

There is no charge for admission to the festival and anyone who attends will be treated to a free lunch and receive a t-shirt compliments of festival organizers.

Other organizations represented at the event will include The Montgomery County Combined Health district, the Community Action Partnership and the Dayton Urban Ministry Center.

The Cultural Heath Festival helps bring attention to Minority Health Month, a national endeavor that is celebrated every April. In his report, "Healthy People 2010" the United States Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher established 10-year health objectives for the Nation. One of the central goals of “Healthy People 2010” is the elimination of health disparities among different segments of the population. National Minority Health Month (NMHM) is in response to and in support of Healthy People 2010.