Health Sciences & Social Work

Minority Health Month: April 2019

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: "Bridging the Gap: Health Equity Through Digital Connections."

MHM 2019 Keynote Speaker- Weili Zhang, DO on "Cultural Contributions to Diabetes" on 4/22 at 5pm in the University Union Lamoine Room

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

April 1 – Kinder Monday (11am -1:00pm; Memorial Hall)

April 2 – Health Fair (10am-2pm; Lamoine Room)

April 3 – “Caution, Infectious Diseases and the Threat of Human Extinction” (4-5pm; Horrabin Hall 1)

April 3 – “Sexual Health & Violence” (6pm-7pm; Stipes Hall 107)

April 5 – “Domestic Violence: Prevention and Impact on Victims and the Community” (5-6pm; Stipes Hall 121)

April 7 – “So You Think You Can Cook? Macomb Edition” (2:00pm; WIU Multicultural Center; Registration required; contact

April 8 – “Brushing My Little Choppers” (9:30am; Head Start in the Quad Cities)

April 9 – “Opioid Presentation” (5pm; by Susan Tisdale; Sandburg Theater)

April 10 –  “What is Climate Change and How Does it Impact your Health?” (2pm-3pm; Stipes Hall 501)

April 11 – Fresh Check (11am-2pm; Inside/Outside WIU Multicultural Center)

April 12 – “Minority Sexual Health: Myths, Facts, and Safe Sexual Practices” (WIU Multicultural Center; 4pm)

April 13 – Mom’s Weekend Zumba (1pm; Spencer Student Recreation Center)

April 15 – “Mental Health Among Seniors in Wesley Village Retirement Center” (2pm; Wesley Village Hall)

April 15 – Documentary – “Nothing Without Us: The Women Who Will End AIDS” – Discussion by Prof. Karen Zellmann (7pm; WIU Multicultural Center)

April 17 – Documentary – “FIXED: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement” (7pm; Memorial Hall 204)

April 22 – Keynote Address: Cultural Consideration for Diabetes – Dr. Weili Zhang (5pm; Lamoine Room)

April 24 – Global Health Panel – Peace Corps (2-3pm; Horrabin Hall 1)

April 27 – Calle Murray (12pm-5pm; Macomb Campus on Murray Street)

April 28 – American Diabetes Association Walk (10am; Macomb Campus)

April 29 – “The Enemy Within: Sexually Transmitted Infections” (2pm; Stipes Hall 121)

April 30 –  “Smile for Me: WIU Dental Health Awareness” (4pm-5pm; WIU Multicultural Center – De Renzy Boardroom)

April 30 – Do You Know Who is Sitting Next To You? The Culture of WIU (5:30pm; Lamoine Room)

 Minority Health Month 2019 Event Calendar

Sponsors: Casa Latina; CSAF; College of Education and Human Services; Department of Health Sciences and Social Work; Department of Kinesiology; Disability Resource Center; Dr. Maureen Bezold’s Health Sciences Graduate Students in HS 512 and HS 513; Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center; McDonough District Hospital; Minority Health Month Planning Committee; Office of the Provost and Academic Vice President; Office of the President; Peace Corps; Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Retention Initiatives; University Counseling Center; Women’s Center