Center for International Studies

Minority Health Month: April 2017

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:  "Crisis and Opportunity: Advocating through Community Collaboration".

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.  Non-perishable goods will be collected at each event and donated to Loaves and Fishes.  If you are unable to attend an event and would like to donate, please take your items to the Department of Health Sciences and Social Work in Stipes 402.  


Minority Health Month Schedule of Events

Tuesday, April 4

Health Fair: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. – Grand Ballroom, University Union

  • There will be health screenings, presentations, and health information provided on various topics from organizations with WIU and the Macomb community. This event is free and open to the public!
  • 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.


Wednesday, April 5

Spiritual Health Panel: 4:00 p.m.   Stipes 121

  • Learn how students from different faiths use their religion to maintain their spiritual health.  
Thursday, April 6 

 "Get Yourself Tested": 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. Beu Health Center

  • Free STI testing to the first 150 students.  Register at  
  • Free HIV testing: 1st floor in the University Union

"Sick Around the World" Documentary Screening:  6:30 pm Morgan Hall 101B

  • Learn more about the different health care systems around the world


Thursday, April 13

"DEEP:  Diabetes Education and Evaluation Program":  4:30 - 5:15 p.m. Cardinal/Oak Room, University Student Union

  • Presented by MAD - Millennials against Diabetes


Friday, April 14

"Let Go of the Chimney":  3:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Board Room, University Union

  • Presented by Olufunke Fadahunsi, Nneka Ibeh and Uyiosa Chukwuka; facilitated by Dr. Maureen Bezold

"Promoting a Healthy Diet for Healthy Living":  3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Fox Room, University Union

  • Presented by Stephen Ayosanmi, Chukwuebuka Ogwo, Oladoja Olajide and Toyin Solomon; facilitated by Dr. Maureen Bezold


Saturday, April 15

"Reducing Stress for the Mind, Body and Soul":  5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Lincoln Room, University Union

  • Presented by Anaiah Buckner, Alyssa Bienemann and Staci Shank; facilitated by Dr. Maureen Bezold


Wednesday, April 19

Cultural Café - Saudi Arabia: 12:00 p.m.  University Union Heritage Room 

  • Presentation by Saudi students and a free lunch
Tuesday, April 25 

Cultural Connections - Sports and Physical Activity: 12:30 p.m.  Multicultural Center Activities Room  

Keynote Address: "Building Community Coalitions to Address Health Disparities" - Dr. Sameer Vohra:  5:30 p.m.  Lincoln Room, University Union


Wednesday, April 26

 "Maternal Mortality in Nigeria: The Urban-Rural Divide":  12:00 p.m.  Morgan 322

  • Sociology graduate student Adenike Fantola will discuss her research.
  • The event is sponsored by the Department of Sociology & Anthropology.