The kick-off event will showcase the events planned for the month.
YOUNGSTOWN -- A coalition of Mahoning Valley agencies will kick off Minority Health Month with activities downtown from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday.
At the Phar-Mor Centre, the coaltion will showcase events planned for April.
Mary Isa Guarayua, executive director of Organizacion Civica y Cultural Hispana Americana, and the Rev. Lewis Macklin will participate in Tuesday's events.
Speakers are Michael Rowen, CEO of Humility of Mary Health Partners; Dr. Esmerelda Espina; and Dr. Kenneth Cowans, commissioner for the Ohio Commission on Minority Health.
Entertainment: Entertainment will be provided by Youngstown Area Urban League's Harambee Boot Dancers and OCCHA's Las Ninas del Caribe Group. There will be a mayoral proclamation and introduction of local honoree Irma Davis, executive director of the Needle's Eye.
Created in April 1989, Minority Health Month is designed to be a high-visibility health promotion and disease-prevention campaign across the state of Ohio. This year marks Ohio's 14th annual celebration of wellness, and the nation's second one.
Agency funding: The Ohio Commission on Minority Health funds several agencies in the Youngstown area with minigrants to promote healthy lifestyles in the minority community. Local agencies involved include: Associated Neighborhood Centers Inc., Ebony Lifeline Support Group Inc., Humility of Mary Health Partners, OCCHA, Planned Parenthood of Mahoning Valley Inc., Visiting Nurse Association of Mahoning Valley, Youngstown Area Urban League, Youngstown Community Health Center and the YWCA of Youngstown.
In 2002, more than 100 agencies will be participating in Minority Health Month to promote the adoption of healthy lifestyles.