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Honoring African-American health care pioneers

The University of Iowa will host the traveling exhibit “Black Health Legends - Pioneers Who Dared to Care” on the health sciences campus in February and March.

The five-panel display featuring notable achievements of African-American health care pioneers will be hosted in two consecutive locations: the first floor atrium of the University of Iowa College of Public Health Building Feb. 19-28 and the first floor atrium of the Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF) March 4-14. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

A public reception for the exhibit will be held Tuesday, March 4, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the MERF atrium. Raynard Kington, president of Grinnell College, will be the keynote speaker at the event and will deliver remarks at 3:45 p.m.

The exhibit presents an overview of the historical challenges faced by African-American health care providers and features more than 100 individuals, institutions, and associations that have made significant contributions to the health of their local communities and the nation. It highlights the impact health disparities and lack of diversity have had on the health of the black community and aims to inspire African-American youth to pursue a career in the field of health care.

The exhibition is co-hosted by the UI College of Public Health and Carver College of Medicine Office of Cultural Affairs and Diversity Initiatives. For more information about the exhibit, visit the Black Health Legends website.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, contact Kate Check in advance at 319-384-1511.

Story Source: UI Health Care Marketing and Communications, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room W319 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

Media Contact: Kate Check, College of Public Health, kathryn-check@uiowa.edu