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The City of Akron and the Office of Minority Health Celebrate Minority Health Month 2018


2018 Healthy Choir Showcase Kickoff Celebration - April 7th

City of Akron Press Release
From the desk of Ellen Lander Nischt, Press Secretary
Published: 04-04-2018

Akron, Ohio, April 4, 2018 For Minority Health Month 2018, the Summit County Public Health Office of Minority Health (OMH) is delighted to present the 2018 Healthy Choir Showcase for the kick-off celebration. Community members, choirs and choral groups from surrounding communities are invited to gather for a magical day of music, games, education and fellowship. The main goal is to address the many preventable chronic diseases that are prevalent within minority populations. Mayor Horrigan will present a proclamation to the Summit County Public Health Office of Minority Health for the coordination of outreach efforts to eliminate health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities.

“We are proud to support the Office of Minority Health as they continue to work to eliminate social and economic barriers in our community by informing, educating and empowering our residents to make better choices about their health,” Mayor Horrigan said.


The event will be hosted on Saturday, April 7th at Buchtel Community Learning Center and is free and open to the public. There will be numerous raffle items and free resources offered to the community. The event will run from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  The Health Fair starts at 3:00 PM and the Choir Showcase starts at 5:00 PM.

Prior to the showcase and in between presentations, the Health Fair will be available for guests to visit. Vendors from various healthcare settings and organizations will provide screenings and education on all things health-related. “One of the key goals for this event is to promote good health and wellbeing while uniting the communities of Summit County through fun-filled activities for families to enjoy,” says Iriel Hopkins, Director of the Office of Minority Health.

Community vendors include: 14 Hearts Healthcare Agency, Akron Black Nurses Association, Akron Children's Hospital, Akron Fire Department, Akron Organizing Collaborative, Akron Summit County Library, American Diabetes Association, AxessPointe, Battered Women’s Shelter, Buckeye Health Plan, Care Source, Cleveland Clinic Akron General - Diversity and Inclusion, Cleveland Clinic Akron General - Visiting Nurse Service, Community Legal Aid, Fame Fathers, Green Leaf Family Center, Guys and Gals Community Partnership, Insight Clinical Trials, Life Banc, Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, P.A.C.E, Paramount Advantage, Project GRAD, Summa Health, Summit County Department of Job and Family Services, Summit County Public Health Department, The Spa (Single Parent Alliance), The University of Akron, United Healthcare and YEPAW.

Registration is free for everyone! Guests are welcome to register for tickets at Eventbrite. Participants are also welcome to register in person at marked registration booths on the day of the event. Parking is free but please be advised that spaces are limited.

For more information, please contact:         

Iriel D. Hopkins, MSW, LSW

Licensed Social Worker 

Office of Minority Health - Program Director

Summit County Public Health 

1867 W. Market Street | Akron, Ohio 44313

Office: (330) 926-5764| Cell: (330)-217-9042| Fax: (330) 923-6370 I



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