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Program Leader Wins Award

Mahogany's Child Program Kicks off Fourth Annual Conference

Dayton, Ohio — (April 3, 2006) — Frankye Herald, program director of Mahogany's Child, has been given Montgomery County's 2006 Hero/Shero of Health award by the Ohio Commission on Minority Health.

The Hero/Shero of Health Award winner must be a person promoting minority health concerns and healthy living behaviors in the community; demonstrate accomplishments in health collaborations and serve as a healthcare advocate whether it is as an educator, outreach worker, prevention specialist, physician, nurse, allied health care professional or volunteer.

Herald is registered nurse and has headed up the Mahogany's Child program since its inception in 2001. Herald has become so identified with the program; people call her "Mahogany."

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.

"We have been able to show some measured outcomes in the program with a number of women taking charge of their health by getting checks and tests and using dietary guidelines for choosing foods," Herald said.

The program hosts workshops, health fairs and seminars held throughout the community and specifically in African American churches.

The program is preparing for their fourth annual retreat May 12 and 13 at the Holiday Inn, Dryden Road. The retreat gives disadvantaged African American women access to healthcare information. The retreat will feature speakers, workshops, sessions and some good, old-fashioned pampering.

Applications are available by calling 208-3863.