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April 27, 2013

April 27, 2013: Cheers and Jeers

Encouraging better health

Willie Stroman, director of the Minority Health Alliance of Howard County, sends this Cheer:

“On behalf of the Minority Health Alliance of Howard County Board of Directors, we would like to sincerely thank you for your support of the fourth annual Barbershop Health Outreach Program. You continue to show interest in the health issues of our community and understand the importance of health education and awareness. These are the kind of programs that will assist our community with various health screenings and much encouragement to seek more health information.

“We certainly appreciate the special attention that both Drs.  Lance Washington and Ike Ozoigbo did in providing counseling and advise to so many when their screening numbers were not acceptable or borderline.   

“Special thanks to board members Joan Peterson and Dr. Ozoigbo in spending time on a Saturday morning to assist with the health screenings. There were so many representing various organizations, along with employees of the Howard County Health Department, Community Howard Regional Health, North Woods Commons and many other volunteers.

“It is important to note that their in-kind contribution is greatly appreciated, along with the staffs of Hair Affair, Hair Experience and Davis Barber/Beauty Barbershops, as they encouraged customers to be screened.

“The following volunteers should be commended for the time devoted on Saturday morning to help in making this a successful health event: Valerie Johnson, Elissa Hughes, Jessica Calderon, Scottie McGowan, Andrea Blackshear, Amber Stroman, Bruce Shaw, Shirley Dubois, Valerie Smith and Cathy Shaw. Your time and contributions are the key factors that continue to make the Minority Health Alliance continue to be a health force in Howard County.

“We had great sponsors that included Community Howard Regional Health, Family Services Association, Abbott Diabetes Care, Kokomo Chapter IBE, American Cancer Society, St. Joseph Hospital, Project Access and Carver Community Center.”

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