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LOCAL HMO, RADIO STATION JOIN TOGETHER TO SUPPORT NATIONAL BLACK WOMEN'S HEALTH PROJECT; BIG DETROIT EVENTS PLANNED FOR MAY, JULY

 DETROIT, April 29 /PRNewswire/ -- LifeChoice Quality Health Plan, a Detroit-based health maintenance organization (HMO) and popular Detroit radio station WMXD-FM (92.3 "The Mix") have joined together to support the efforts of the National Black Women's Health Project, Inc. (NBWHP).
 An organization of women of color from around the world, the National Black Women's Health Project will hold its national conference at Detroit's Westin Hotel this July 16 through 18. Expected to draw some 5,000 registered participants, the meeting will focus on setting a health care agenda to deal with black women's health problems, issues and concerns.
 Detroiter Akua Budu-Watkins is conference chairperson of the 3,000- member community-based National Black Women's Health Project and current president of the Detroit chapter.
 "Our conference is entitled 'Body And Soul, the Black Women's Health Agenda 2000.' Our goal is to bring black women around the world into a more proactive involvement with their own health care and health awareness. Our organization is dedicated to providing leadership and support for bringing the many issues of health care and health awareness for black women before the public for discussion and action," she stated.
 "As an HMO, our membership consists primarily of black women and children. LifeChoice Quality Health Plan both encourages and supports the National Black Women's Health Project for addressing these concerns in a public forum," said Robin M. Barclay, LifeChoice chief executive officer. Her company is providing office space, administrative support and other services to the Detroit Black Women's Health Project, host chapter for the July conference.
 According to Kris McClendon, WMXD general manager, "The listening audience of our station consists mainly of black women 25-54 who make up over 65 percent of our listeners. As long as I'm with this station WMXD will be loyal to our listening audience. I can't think of a better public service project than co-sponsoring the National Black Women's Health Project's national conference in July and the lead-up events to the conference. Their concerns are important to all of us," McClendon said.
 BIG FREE HEALTH CARE EVENT FOR WOMEN ON MAY 22;
 FREE MEDICAL SCREENINGS, VALUABLE PRIZES TO BE GIVEN AWAY
 As a kickoff for the July National Black Women's Health Project's major conference, a one-day health awareness day has been scheduled for Saturday, May 22, at the Robert Walker Williams Recreation Center in the Virginia Park Shopping Center on Rosa Parks Boulevard at Euclid in Detroit.
 Co-sponsored by LifeChoice Quality Health Plan and WMXD-FM (92.3 "The Mix"), the event will kick off 2 1/2 months of preliminary community service activities to benefit the Black Women's Health Project (BWHP) and promote awareness about the upcoming conference.
 "This will be a one-day event consisting of many health-oriented activities," said Tina Oliver, coordinator of the BWHP Detroit office. "The schedule of events for the day will draw women of all age groups to our program," she said. The program is free of charge and open to everyone, but is specifically developed around health issues and concerns of black women.
 The schedule of activities for the May 22 event is as follows:
 9-9:45 a.m. -- Continental Breakfast, gather together, registration
 10-10:45 a.m. -- Opening Session - "Politics of Black Women's Health"
 10:45-11:30 a.m. -- "An Open and Frank Discussion on AIDS and Black Women," featuring Wayne County Clerk Teola P. Hunter, Dr. Barbara Womack and Dr. Peggy Richardson
 11:30-11:50 a.m. -- Questions and Answers
 Noon-1 p.m. -- Catered Box Lunches (free)
 1 p.m. -- (Round 1) Four Health Education Break-out Sessions (50 minutes)
 1:50 p.m. -- Break
 2-2:50 p.m. -- (Round 2) Four Health Education Break-out Sessions (50 minutes)
 3-3:30 p.m. -- Prize Give-Aways courtesy WMXD-FM and LifeChoice Quality Health Plan
 3:30 p.m. -- Adjournment
 During the entire day there will be continuous health screening for various conditions affecting black women.
 For further information, community members may contact Oliver, the Detroit Black Women's Health Project Answering Service, 313-537-2085.
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 /CONTACT: Claudia Corbin of LifeChoice Quality Health Plan, 313-496-0610, Ext. 152, or 313-571-3129/


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