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PITT’s Center For Minority Health And Wpxi-Tv Join Forces To Present Program On Health Issues Facing African-Americans


PITTSBURGH, Jan. 24, 2006 – The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health’s (GSPH) Center for Minority Health (CMH) has joined forces with WPXI-TV, Channel 11, in a year-long partnership that will produce a variety of health education program specials and vignettes designed to raise awareness of what works to prevent type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure in Pittsburgh’s African-American community.

The series will kickoff next month with “For the Health of It: A WPXI-TV Channel 11, African-American History Special,” which will air at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 25th and be rebroadcast at 3 and 7 p.m. on PCNC, Sunday, Feb. 26th It will address the very serious health issues that confront today’s African-American community and provide tips for improved health and the elimination of health disparities.

The program will air highlights of an appearance on April 5, 2005 at Reizenstein Middle School in Pittsburgh by entertainer Bill Cosby, Ed.D., who brought his message of health promotion and parenting within the African-American community when he accepted GSPH’s Porter Prize.

In addition, the program will highlight the Healthy Black Family Project, an innovative community based program of the CMH. This project is designed to help African-Americans take control of their health by translating medical and public health science into practical steps people can take to prevent diabetes and heart disease.

With headquarters at the Kingsley Association in East Liberty and in Hosanna House in Wilkinsburg, the project provides free access to physical activity, nutrition education, stress management, a genetic family health history and the social support people need to act on lifestyle behavior changes that help individuals and families prevent diabetes and high blood pressure.

The program, hosted by Channel 11 News reporter Kimberly Easton with Vince Sims and Yolanda Hawkins, also will look back at the Freedom House Ambulance Service, a groundbreaking program started in Pittsburgh’s Hill District in 1967. The Freedom House Project was the first ambulance service to provide care for patients before they reached the hospital and was the forerunner of our modern emergency medical care system.

CMH was established in 1994 with a grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation and is committed to taking a leading role in the nation’s prevention agenda to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities as described in Healthy People 2010, a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services initiative. Details about the other CMH activities can be viewed on the CMH Web site at The telephone number of CMH is (412) 624-5665.

Founded in 1948 and fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health, GSPH is world-renowned for contributions that have influenced public health practices and medical care for millions of people. One of the top-ranked schools of public health in the United States, GSPH was the first fully accredited school of public health in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, with alumni who are among the leaders in their fields of public health. A member of the Association of Schools of Public Health, GSPH currently ranks third among schools of public health in National Institutes of Health funding received. The only school of public health in the nation with a chair in minority health, GSPH is a leader in research related to women’s health, HIV/AIDS and human genetics, among others.


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