July 22, 2015
August 5, 2015 (rev.)
RN 15 52938
By the Honorable Richard Pan, 6th Senatorial District; the Honorable Isadore Hall, III, 35th Senatorial District; the Honorable Holly J. Mitchell, 30th Senatorial District; and the Honorable Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr., 59th Assembly District; Relative to
AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN'S HEALTH LEGACY MONTH
WHEREAS, African American Women's Health Legacy (AAWHL) month celebrates the legacy of families and recognizes the importance of putting a face on chronic diseases in the State of California to preserve the legacy of African-American families for generations to come; and
WHEREAS, Many chronic diseases are preventable but are the cause of the loss of countless lives, and the risk factors for diabetes and pre-diabetes, hypertension, obesity, physical -2-
inactivity, and mental health are major issues that disproportionately affect communities of color; and
WHEREAS, The life expectancy for families living in Sacramento neighborhoods with high African-American populations is 10 to 15 years shorter as compared to areas in Sacramento County with the highest life expectancy, and cultural health and wellness remain a priority for families, communities, and government agencies committed to the legacy of wellness for future generations; and
WHEREAS, While AAWHL recognizes the significant role mothers play as the legacy holder of the family, the important responsibility of keeping families healthy and promoting awareness of health issues, including mental health, depends on the actions of many groups and organizations in our communities; and
WHEREAS, AAWHL challenges California mother's to take action to make wellness a priority for themselves and their families, become aware of the risk of chronic diseases, and take action to preserve their families health legacy; and
WHEREAS, The Yes2Kollege Education and Health Resources, Inc.'s African American Women's Health Legacy Program has selected the month of August as a time to focus on community -3-
outreach and programming that will bring resources and awareness to the 15 neighborhoods designated by the Sierra Health Foundation's Healthy Sacramento Coalition; and
WHEREAS, Every year during the month of August, AAWHL will host a series of events recognizing health heroines throughout the State of California to spread awareness about chronic disease while gaining vital resources; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED BY SENATORS RICHARD PAN, ISADORE HALL, III, AND HOLLY J. MITCHELL AND ASSEMBLY MEMBER REGINALD BYRON JONES-SAWYER, SR., That they recognize August 2015 as African American Women's Health Legacy month, and commend the efforts of those individuals and organizations who endeavor to work together to promote and improve the wellness of their families and increase awareness and understanding of the legacy of wellness.
Dated this _____ day of _____, ____.
Honorable Richard Pan
6th Senatorial District
Honorable Isadore Hall, III-4-
35th Senatorial District
Honorable Holly J. Mitchell
30th Senatorial District
Honorable Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr.
59th Assembly District
African American Women's Health Legacy (AAWHL) sponsored it's 2nd Annual "The Sugars Summit highlighting health disparities affecting African Americans on Saturday, August 18, 2018 - at the Charles A. Jones Education & Career Center.
The owners of Kelley Farms hosted AAWHL families for an educational and fun day of learning and tasting how to eat healthier to combat a series of chronic diseases on Saturday, August 4, 2018
Each year the AAWHL sponsors a public showing of the hit documentary "Soul Food Junkies" to emphasize the importance of knowing our eating habits and the consequences of habits that have been passed down from generations.
Our 2018 conference included a tour of the new Betty Irene Moore Hall School of Nursing, with health screenings conducted by students in the School of Nursing’s Master’s Entry Program in Nursing, Keynote speaker, “America’s Favorite Nurse,” Nurse Alice Benjamin is a mom, wellness advocate, media personality, and entrepreneur. Specializing in cardiovascular health, she’s a nationally board certified and award-winning Clinical Nurse Specialist with over 20 years experience. Some of her television appearances include Dr. Oz, The Doctors, Dr. Drew, CNN, Fox and Friends, and much more.
Each month local women meet at the ever-changing Brickhouse Gallery to partake in "Whatever is on your mind, or on your heart" discussions. Past presentations have included, financial management, medicare, personal hygiene, field trips, art projects, health clinical trial presentations and recreation.
Opportunities for African American women to network and feel "safe" with their discussions are few and far between.
The first Friday of each month provides an opportunity for women to connect over a great breakfast to discuss their health, career, retirement, family and community concerns. Our Education Consultant, Toni Colley Perry says, "Until you've broken bread with someone, you haven't really met them".
Yes2Kollege's African American Women's Health Legacy Program, and the University of California Davis Health and Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing present annual "Preserve Our Legacy: Advancing African-Americans In Nursing Conference" August 24, 2019
Keynote Speakers, panel discussions on the need for African American nurses in our community, healthcare screenings, mini-sessions on career/finances, resources/mental health. Plan to attend & learn about nursing school opportunities in Sacramento.
Whether you are curious or concerned about your health, the health of your family or the health of your community, the first step is to know what chronic diseases and wellness problems family members have experienced. That way you will be knowledgeable about the diseases for which you may be at risk. That information may also help you decide to eat healthier, or incorporate more physical activity in to your lifestyle, or raise a more health conscious family. As your Family Health Investigator, you will be asking questions that may be uncomfortable for some family members, or you may not be able to get answers to right away.
What is family health history?
Family health history is information about diseases that run in your family, as well as the eating habits, activities, and environments that your family shares. Knowing about the diseases that run in your family can help you make healthy choices.
Your family’s health is one part of the history of your family. While collecting your family health history, pay attention to events, stories, and experiences as well. Gathering your family history helps you share your family stories and health information with your family members and children.
“ Family health history can be found in the choices you make, the stories your family shares, and the culture of your community. Discover it and improve your health!”
– Sharon F. Terry President & CEOGenetic Alliance