To enhance the health education and screening efforts, The Black Male Health Community Action Team is holding their 6th annual fundraiser on Friday, June 12, 2009, at the Klehm Arboretum. “Monies raised at the fundraiser will help underwrite future health screening events, which will provide individuals with access to important health information and services,” added Hunter. 

The keynote speaker for this year’s event is deputy director, men’s health program, with the Illinois Department of Public Health, Jerome Richardson, PhD.

Jerome Richardson, PhD., is a seasoned public health professional who has extensive knowledge and experience
in a wide variety of preventative health services in Illinois. He has worked as a consultant for the Illinois Department of Human Services, Director of Tobacco and Substance Abuse Prevention for the Cook County Department of Public Health and as Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Richardson’s community service includes serving on such boards as the African American Coalition for Prevention, the New Age Services Corporation, a methadone clinic in North Lawndale, and the Link and Option Center, a community-based organization in Markham, Illinois.

Tickets for the event are $40.00 per person for dinner. For more information regarding the 6th Annual Black Male Health Community Action Team Banquet contact: Mark Hunter, black male health coordinator, at the Winnebago County Health Department, at 815/720-4268.