Michael Garner, Mario Jenkins and Keith Cornelius, local members of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, the organization that's partnering with Black Health Matters to host the nation's largest Black health forum. Photo by Aswad Walker.

For nearly a decade, Black Health Matters (BHM) has worked with a wide range of partners to raise awareness around chronic disease, mental and physical health and fitness and wellness in the Black community. In 2021, BHM announced a new partnership with Kappa Alpha Psi® Fraternity, Inc. (Kappa) to collaborate and bring important health information directly to the communities served by both organizations. On July 13, 2021, BHM and Kappa will collaborate to present their inaugural Black Health Summit at Kappa’s 85th Grand Chapter Meeting. 

“We’re excited about our partnership with Kappa Alpha Psi® Fraternity, Inc.,” said Roslyn Y. Daniels, BHM President. “Fraternity members have long been health evangelists, seeking to educate the community and its members through a wide range of innovative programs.”

“In less than a decade, Black Health Matters has established itself as the go-to resource on African American health. Our collaboration has yielded a free, day-long program featuring more than 14 sessions on health topics directly impacting our members and communities where we live and serve. We’re inviting everyone to make an investment in their individual or family health by joining us to hear from some of the nation’s top experts on health and wellness,” said Reuben Shelton, Kappa’s International President.

The Summit is slated for Tuesday, July 13, 2021, beginning at 8:00 AM EST. It will feature 14 sessions focused on providing information for community members, including caregivers and health advocates. Event sponsors include Janssen: Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson and VIR Biotechnology. Nationally-acclaimed speakers have been invited to share practical information on a wide range of topics including brain health, clinical trials, health equity, sexual health, chronic disease and more.

Invited speakers and topics include:

Registration is free for the online forum. To register or learn more about the topics and speakers, visit https://bhmkappahealthsummit.vfairs.com

Added Daniels, “Attendees will gain inspiration and have the opportunity to dialogue with physicians and network with resource organizations that provide services to our community. With more than 13 presentations given by 23 experts your time at the Summit is an investment in yourself that will be rewarded.”

About Black Health Matters 

Black Health Matters (BHM) was launched in 2012 to become a resource for the thousands of African Americans that would have immediate opportunities for care and screenings due to the ACA. Since 2012, Black Health Matters mission has been to improve health literacy and assist in building capacity for fraternities, sororities, faith-based and civic organizations to better engage and support patients, caregivers and advocates.