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 minority health imagehave 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 spirituality

  • 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 sick around the world flyer

  • Learn more about the different health care systems around the world
  • Co-sponsored by Western Anthropology & Sociology Club and Department of Sociology & Anthropology.


Tuesday, April 11

Women's Sexual Health Event: 11:00 a.m.   Multicultural Center 

  • Join us for an engaging discussion with Lila Brooks Fritz, a local midwife, to learn more about vaginal health!  Get questions answered anonymously and gain some knowledge about topics that are not normally discussed!
  • Co-sponsored by Feminist Action Alliance and Department of Sociology & Anthropology




Thursday, April 13

"DEEP:  Diabetes Education and Evaluation Program":  4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Fox Room, University diabetesStudent Union

  • This presentation is provided by MAD--Millennials Against Diabetes, the Department of Health Sciences and Social Work, and the Bella Hearst Institute.
  • This program will cover educational aspects of diabetes, how diabetes affects minority populations, and the future of diabetes.  Moreover, information regarding sharps containers, how to obtain and dispose of them, will be presented as well.  A live glucose testing will be available from 5:00 to 5:30 during the presentation for those who are curious about their blood sugar status.  Glucose tests can indicate potential diabetic signs. 


Friday, April 14

"Let Go of the Chimney":  3:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Board Room, University Union no smoking

  • This discussion focuses on the impact of smoking on minority communities.  It also offers suggestions for resources students at WIU can take advantage of as they work to kick the habit.
  • 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

  • This presentation will focus on ten foods that will help participants lose 10 pounds in 10 weeks .  Samples of these healthy foods will be available for participants to try.
  • 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 stress

  • 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 saudi flag

  • Presentation by Saudi students and a free lunch
Thursday, April 20

5:00 pm: STI Panel Discussion:  Stipes 121

  • Hear from local doctors and students about this important topic.


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 vohrap.m.  Lincoln Room, University Union

  • Sameer Vohra, MD, JD, MA, FAAP is the Executive Director of Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Medicine’s Office of Population Science and Policy, a research and policy think tank aiming to improve health outcomes in central and southern Illinois. A general pediatrician, Dr. Vohra is also an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Medical Humanities.

    Dr. Vohra completed a residency in pediatrics at the University of Chicago.  He earned a  Master of Arts in public policy at the University of Chicago, a medical doctorate at SIU SOM, a juris doctorate, graduating first in his class, at SIU School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts with honors at Northwestern University.

    Dr. Vohra has received several honors including a United States Fulbright Scholarship in 2009, 2014 American Medical Association Foundation’s Excellence in Medicine Leadership Award, and was recently named an Edgar Fellow in 2016, one of 40 emerging political and policy leaders in Illinois.



Wednesday, April 26

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

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


Minority Health Month is cosponsored by Bella Hearst Institute, the Center for International Studies, the College of Education and Human Services, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Department of Health Sciences and Social Work, Feminist Action Alliance, McDonough County Health Department, McDonough District Hospital, Office of the President, Office of the Provost, Office of Equal Opportunity and Access, Office of the Vice President for Student Services, Western’s Anthropology and Sociology Club, and the Women’s Center.