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Fatherhood and Men's Health Panels
A Healthy Baby Begins with Two

Jeff Johnson Join the conversation in Washington, DC and New York!

Join OMH leadership, Minority Health Month Spokesperson Jeff Johnson Exit Disclaimer, and other inspiring and experienced fathers, and men of color to bring the conversation up a notch about the topic of men’s health and its relationship to fatherhood in minority communities.

The panels will be moderated by A Healthy Baby Begins with You campaign spokesperson Tonya Lewis Lee.

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Sunday April 18
9:00 – 11:00 am

Fatherhood and Men’s Health Panel –
A Healthy Baby Begins with Two

Washington, DC

Busboys & Poets
2021 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 387-7638

View and Download Event Flyer [PDF | 2MB]

Friday April 30
6:00 – 8:00 pm

Fatherhood and Men’s Health Panel –
A Healthy Baby Begins with Two

New York, NY

Hue-Man Bookstore & Cafe
2319 Frederick Douglass Blvd
Between 124th and 125th Streets
New York, NY 10027

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Panelists Bios

National Minority Health Month Spokesperson Jeff Johnson Exit Disclaimer

Hill Harper (invited) Exit Disclaimer

Dr. Garth Graham

John Rich Exit Disclaimer

Roland Warren Exit Disclaimer

Jermane Bond Exit Disclaimer

Mario Drummonds

Dr. Bryant Marks, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Director of the Morehouse Male Initiative at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Marks teaches courses on the psychology of African American males, statistics, research methods, social psychology, racial identity, intergroup relations, and prejudice & racism and has published in the areas of racial identity, academic achievement among African Americans, and international prejudice.

Willie J. Parker, M.D., MPH is the Medical Director of Planned Parenthood in Washington DC. Prior to Planned Parenthood Dr., Parker served as the Director of Family Planning for Washington Hospital Center in Washington DC. He served as Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii prior to his current position. His more recent work has focused on the prevention and response to violence against women, sexual assault, and the preservation of women’s reproductive health rights through advocacy and the provision of contraceptive and abortion services.

Tonya Lewis Lee (moderator)

Organize a Fatherhood and Men's Health Panel

OMH invites community based organizations, churches, state and local offices of minority health, employers, high schools and college and universities to host Fatherhood and Men's Health Panels in their communities with their constituencies during April 2010, for Minority Health Month with the theme: Man Up for Your Health! Healthy Men Move Our Communities Forward

Suggested Questions for the Panelists

  • Why is health so polemical for men and in particular for minority men?
  • What are the main challenges or obstacles to improving minority men’s health? How can we make it a priority?
  • Is there an issue of mistrust of medical institutions and health care providers? How can we overcome this?
  • How is health part of leading a successful life?
  • Let's talk violence and youth. What’s happening to our young men?
  • Mental health, depression, and counseling are significant taboos in communities of color. Why? How can we address it?
  • Let's talk HIV/AIDS. How should we be getting the message out? This is not just an epidemic of the young, this is affecting men, women, and older adults.
  • The rates of infant mortality, that is, the death of a baby before his/her first birthday, are more than two times higher in the African American community, and in some cities is up to four times higher. In Native American communities the rates are just as high. In Latino communities the rates may not be as high, except for the Puerto Ricans, but there are several other perinatal problems that compromise the health of infants and mothers. Should this be a concern for men? Where does the responsibility lie for men?
  • Let’s talk fatherhood. Why do black men seem to be falling short? As a society, what should we be doing to increase the presence of black fathers in the home? How does the situation compare to other communities of color?
  • Lastly, what is the one piece of advice you have for other men about being a good dad?

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