We Salute Public Health Pioneer: Dr. Joycelyn Elders

Dr. Joycelyn Elders Dr. Joycelyn Elders, 16th Surgeon General of the United States of America

Joycelyn Elders, the first person in the state of Arkansas to become board certified in pediatric endocrinology, was the sixteenth Surgeon General of the United States, the first African American and only the second woman to head the U.S. Public Health Service.  Known as an outspoken advocate of public health, Elders was appointed Surgeon General by President Clinton in 1993.

While serving as Surgeon General, she campaigned for clinics and expanded sex education; she caused a storm of controversy among conservatives and some religious groups. Yet, largely because of her lobbying, in 1989 the Arkansas Legislature mandated a K-12 curriculum that included sex education, substance-abuse prevention, and programs to promote self-esteem. From 1987 to 1992, she nearly doubled childhood immunizations, expanded the state’s prenatal care program, and increased home-care options for the chronically or terminally ill. Although she served for only 15 months her impact in history will last forever.

Resilience and dedication is why we salute Dr. Elders. Although she came from very humble beginnings in rural Arkansas, she surpassed the dreams she imagined for herself. Dr. Elders is my inspiration to do more, be more, and dream bigger! My aspirations to one day serve my country as Surgeon General is realized through Dr. Elder’s accomplishments.

Thank You Dr. Joycelyn Elders!!….We Salute You!

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Lauren Walton

It’s Time to PAUSE…for Diabetes Prevention & Awareness

Kovler Diabetes Center & Demoiselle 2 Femme, NFP presents

It”s time to PAUSE again from shopping, cleaning, hair appointments and watching t.v. to talk about … DIABETES PREVENTION & AWARENESS!

A Reality Check -According to the American Diabetes Association: -Diabetes is one of the most serious health problems that the African American community faces today. – The prevalence of both type 1* and type 2* increased among young people substantially over the past decade. – Complications such as nerve damage are already emerging in young people, raising concerns about the long-term health consequences for this and subsequent generations if the trend is not reversed.

We are calling all mothers, daughters, women and girls to “pause” from your Saturday activities and join us in our fight to reduce diabetes. The African American community is in an extreme health crisis and we must create a legacy of good health to pass on to future generations. The crisis we ignore today may be catastrophic tomorrow!

“PAUSE” is an engaging 2-hour symposium designed for women and girls ages 12 and up! You will be enlightened by personal stories from young people living with diabetes, empowered through medical information shared by health professionals and cooking demonstrations, and encouraged to take action with a toolkit that will assist you in empowering others to PAUSE for Diabetes! Information will also be provided about the services and support provided to the community by Kovler Diabetes Center.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

12 (noon) – 2 p.m.

~ FREE ADMISSION

~Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery (KCBD) Lobby 900 E. 57th Street Chicago, IL 60637

~Lunch provided

~REGISTER NOW! (limited space of 90 attendees only!) ONLINE – WWW.DEMOISELLE2FEMME.ORG, TELEPHONE – 773.779.9371, or CONTACT FROM below