Healing in Harlem – “Merging Healthcare and Performing Arts”

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New York, NY (June 2, 2015) – Filmmakers Squeaky Moore and Kenneth Todd Nelson have joined forces with Harlem Hospital and Columbia University Institute for Research in African American Studies to host a men’s health event. The Mind, Body and Spirit: Men’s Health and Wellness Conference and Fair, co-chaired by acclaimed author and mental health advocate, Terrie M. Williams, and world-renowned psychologist, Dr. Jeffrey Gardere, will be held at the Harlem Hospital Center Mural Pavilion, Saturday, June 13, 2015 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The fair, a gathering of thought leaders, community and mental health advocates, healthcare professionals and vendors, focuses on generating conversation and solutions to men’s health issues, especially those related to primary care, mental and spiritual health. The conference was initiated by Moore and Nelson, who continue sounding the alarm on mental health issues among African Americans. This event provides a platform to bring awareness to all issues related to the mind, body and spirit of health among minority men.

“The Mind, Body and Spirit conference and fair was birthed from our passion to help people live their best lives,” said Moore. “We cannot ignore the health issues facing minorities, but we understand the obstacles that impede people from getting the help they need.”

“We encourage all men to join us on June 13,” adds Nelson. “We believe lives will be changed by the engaging, informative sessions. It is a great opportunity for males of all ages to connect with one another and gain greater insight on matters that affect men and boys across the board.”

This fair will present innovative approaches to resolving health issues by incorporating Journey to Healing’s “Art Healing,” a form of therapy that initiates the healing process through various artistic mediums, including mime, video presentations, dance, and music. The fair will also host interactive art workshops. Joining the event and performing are Jazz at Lincoln Center, Urban Word Poets, Rapper, Donny Goines, Jazz Violinist Charisa, Visual Artist Stephanie Whitaker and others.

Four visionaries will be honored at the conference for their work and accomplishments in the community: Governor David Paterson, Jason Davis (Poet and Parent Consultant for Youth Self-Inflicted Injuries), Shawn Dove (Campaign for Black Male Achievement) and Pastor Alfonso Wyatt (Jericho Faith-Based Technical Assistance Project).

Ilen & Lauren Bell are the husband and wife team behind Black Fitness Today, born, in 2011, out of their motivation to change culture, build a platform and lead the charge. Their purpose is to help change the culture towards health and fitness in the African-American community, showcase those who are making an impact, and promote healthier living. They also aim to serve as a platform for African-American fitness and health professionals and enthusiasts who are otherwise overlooked in traditional fitness media.

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