Turning Back the Hands of Time on Men's Health Issues, a Free Community Symposium Presented by Mercy Health Physicians and the Hearts and Minds Pipeline Program

(CINCINNATI; August 28, 2014) – Mercy Health, which provides advanced, quality care with compassion in your neighborhood through its care network, has partnered with The Hearts and Minds program of Greater Cincinnati to host a free Community Health Symposium.

Speakers at the symposium include Kevin Cochran, MD, an interventional cardiologist with Mercy Health – The Heart Institute, Fairfield; Stephen Wilson, MD, a pediatrician and internal medicine specialist who practices from Mercy Health - Forest Park Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and psychologist and psychologist Moria Vera-Peters. They will provide information on mental and physical health needs unique to the African American male and address health issues common in African American men and boys. They will also call attention to the shortage of African American physicians nationwide.  

The free symposium takes place from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at Xavier University, Gallagher Student Center (Clock Tower Room, Third Floor), 3800 Victory Parkway in Cincinnati, ZIP 45207.

Hearts and Minds fosters the educational development of African American boys throughout Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati. Through a math and science mentoring program, Hearts and Minds provides African American boys in grades five through nine with star-powered mentors, science project help, career discussions and tutoring. Hearts and Minds gives young men an academic foundation in math and science skills through a family-supported leadership program. By exposing young African American boys to potential future careers in the sciences, Hearts and Minds gives its participants higher education alternatives to consider.

What makes Hearts and Minds unique is its team approach, which involves the child, community mentors and family at home. Parents are involved from day one and learn alongside their sons. This team effort is critical to overcome the challenges today’s young black men face. Hearts and Minds works to bridge the diversity gap in the math and science career fields and create a pipeline for today’s youth toward high profile jobs such as primary care physicians. Hearts and Minds is committed to serving as a pipeline for medical field diversity.  
If you would like more information about the Hearts and Minds program or the symposium, contact Gary Favors at 513-300-7823 or gfavors@fuse.net or visit, www.ohioheartsandminds.weebly.com.