Women’s Health Empowerment Symposium highlights key issues

Photo courtesy State Senator Leroy Comrie’s office

In honor of Women’s History Month, more than 175 people across southeast Queens attended the 2nd annual Women’s Health Empowerment Symposium in Jamaica.

Through presentations, workshops and health screenings, the event sought to provide health and wellness education for the community.

Healthfirst, the Healthcare Education Project and York College were among the organizations and schools in attendance. Participants discussed women’s health issues, including mental health, cervical cancer, endometriosis and obesity.

“Women play such a pivotal role in our society, but we never pause to take care of our health,” said Marcelle Dinnall, healthcare advocate with HEP. “I strongly believe that preventive health extends our life expectancy.”

Attendees were screened for hypertension and were taught how to perform self-breast exams from York College nursing students. They concluded the event with a Shape Up NYC exercise.


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