Addressing Health Issues in African-American Communities

February 27, 2013

GA Department of Public Health Hosts Twitter Chat

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Public Health is hosting a Twitter chat on health issues affecting the state’s African-American population.  The Twitter chat will be an open discussion about diseases like diabetes, heart disease, obesity, smoking, cancer and HIV/AIDS that are prevalent in the African-American community.

Kimberly Redding, M.D., director of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the Georgia Department of Public Health, will be tweeting along with researchers from Morehouse College, Spelman College and Emory University. They will be joined by Otis Brawley, M.D., the chief medical and scientific officer and executive vice president of the American Cancer Society. Dr. Brawley is also an acknowledged global leader in the field of health disparities research.  The discussion will provide basic information about the health care needs of African-Americans and address significant health problems facing black communities.

The Twitter chat will be Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 at 1 p.m.  People can follow the chat on Twitter using the hashtag #DPHchat.