Health Sciences & Social Work


Minority Health Month: April 2018

Western Illinois University will join the nation in recognizing April as Minority Health Month with a variety of activities that have been planned to kick off the month-long celebration.

This year's theme is: "Partnering for Health Equity: Our Global Social Responsibility."keynote

If you would like to plan activities or share ideas with your hometown, the national tool kit is available at

All events are free and open to the public.  

Minority Health Month Schedule of Events


Wednesday, April 4

Sexual Violence Against Women: Speak Up Stand Up 

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Student Recreation Center - Colgate Room

Description: Discussing sexual violence, it's prevalence on campus, and a pre-test/post-test to see what students learned and/or already know.

  • All minors must be accompanied by a guardian.  If you have any questions or a disability that may require accommodations in order to fully participate in this activity, please contact Dr. Lorette Oden at (309) 298-1076.


Thursday, April 5
Balanced Body, Balanced Mind Health Fair 

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. University Counseling Center & MHMPC

Sponsored: University Counseling Center


Thursday, April 5

Get Yourself Tested

8:00 a.m.– 3:30 p.m. Beu Health Center

Description: Free STI testing for the first 120 students.  Preregister through the Beu patient profile.  Free HIV testing at the Union Capitol Room.


 Friday, April 6sign

Navigating Your Health

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Stipes 121

Presenters: Bolade Adeyooye, Brittany Cordero, Tysen Davis, Lillian ObasiUchechuku, John Ponnle Facilitated by: Dr. Maureen Bezold


Monday, April 9

Changes In The Game: The Health Gap and Soccer in Botswana

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Multicultural Center

Presented by Peace Corps


Tuesday, April 10
Clinica de Migrantes: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness  
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Multicultural Center
Description: Clínica de Migrantes  paints a compassionate portrait of patients at Puentes de Salud, many of whom left their families behind to perform physically exhausting labor in America for meager wages, and follows the tireless staffers who treat around 10,000 patients each year with limited space and little funding.

Sponsored By: Casa Latina, CSAF, Expanding
Cultural Diversity Project, Disability Resource
Center, Health Sciences and Social Work, Latin
American Student Organization, Department of
Sociology & Anthropology, & Women's Center


Wednesday, April 11food

Lifestyle & Eating Habits Contributing to Obesity 
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Morgan 210

Presented by: Dr. Rajeev Sawhney


Thursday, April 12

Documentary: "Fixed: The Science/Fiction Of Human Enhancement"

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Memorial Hall 204

Description: From bionic limbs and neural implants to prenatal screening, researchers around the world are hard at work developing a myriad of technologies to fix or enhance the human body. FIXED: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement takes a close look at the drive to be “better than human” and the radical technological innovations that may take us there.

Friday, April 13

Clothesline Project

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Union Plaza

Sponsored: WIRC- CAA Victim Services


Saturday, April 14Suicide Awareness Walk

Suicide Awareness Walk

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Hanson Field

Sponsored: Sigma Lameda Gamma National Sorority of Theta Chapter


Tuesday, April 17

iSleep:  Illinois Sleeping Longer Everyday Establishes Productivity

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Horrbian 1

Description: Sleep deprivation facts and its link to health, how minorities are particularly affected, and tips for getting into a health sleep schedule.

Presenters: Olajumoke Babatunde, Courtney Coleman, Oludolapo Ogunbameru


Wednesday, April 18

Detox Your Brain

3:30 p.m.  4:30 p.m. Rec Center, Keeney Room

Description: Learn how to change negative thoughts in 5 minutes a day while gaining a basic understanding of how brain functions as it relates to stress and anxiety.  The goal is to help participants feel less stressed and anxious at the end of the presentation.

Presenters: Roselind Brown, Kari Rogers, Ibrahim Ijale, Promise Tewogbole 


Thursday, April 19

Don’t Fall into Spring

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Wesley Village Activity Room

Description:  A one hour educational and interactive program to help seniors and their families prevent falls.

Presenters: Molly Cockerham, Jen Garner, Tysen Davis


Thursday, April 19

Depression and Anxiety in the Elderly Populationdepression

2:00 p.m.  – 3:00 p.m. Grand Prairie Assisted Living

Description:  Discussion of the different types of depression and anxiety in the elderly population along with treatment options.  Will also discuss different activities that can be done to help control depression and anxiety.  Hands on activities will be included.

Presenters: Jennifer Diggs, Yewande Dire-Arimoro, Nnaemeka Agunwa, Travis Walker


Wednesday, April 25 

Seeking Help After Rape: Does Race Matter?

5:00 p.m.  – 6:30 p.m.  Morgan Hall 101A

Presented by: Lindsay White, SANE Nurse


Thursday, April 26

Veteran's Health and Well-being

3:00 p.m.  –  4:00 p.m. University Union Capitol Room

Presented by: Veteran's Resource Center (VRC)


Keynote: Cancer Prevention and Education in Rural Communitieskeynote

5:30 p.m.  – 6:30 p.m. Stipes 120

Presented by: Dr. Gonzales from McDonough District Hospital

Light refreshments will be provided.


Saturday, April 28

Calle Murray Cultural Festival

12:00 p.m.  – 4:00 p.m. Murray Street

Sponsored: Casa Latina


Monday, April 30blood

Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center Blood Drive

10:00 a.m.    – 1:00 p.m. Heritage Room




Sponsored By: Casa Latina Cultural Center, College of Education and Human Services, CSAF, Department of Health Sciences and Social Work, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Disability Resource Center, Expanding Cultural Diversity Project, Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center, Latin American Student Organization, McDonough District Hospital, Office of Equal Opportunity and Access, Office of the President, Office of the Provost, Office of the Vice President for Student Services, Peace Corps, Sacred Circle, Sigma Lambda Gamma- Theta Chapter, Sodexo, University Counseling Center, Veterans Resource