Press release David Hurst

Health Plan Of San Joaquin (HPSJ) to Host First African-American Health Empowerment Luncheon for San Joaquin County


This event is being held to raise awareness of health and healthcare disparities experienced by African-Americans in San Joaquin County, and to spotlight prevention and strategies that can improve the health and well-being of all area African-American families and communities. 

According to San Joaquin County 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment:

  • Survey respondents who identity as Black/African-American make up 7.6% of the county population
  • 12.3% of adult African-Americans do not have health insurance
  • 4.4% of African-American youth (ages 0-18) do not have health insurance
  • Mortality due to complications from diabetes is reported as 65.1% for African-Americans
  • 12% of African-American adults are obese; 40.6% of youth in grades 5, 7, and 9 are obese
  • 85.5% of African-American adults have not had a dental exam in one year

Event Partners:

African-American Chamber of Commerce, Healings in Motion, Public Health Advocates, and Health Plan of San Joaquin (HPSJ) 

When & Where:

Thursday, October 6th, 2016 (10:00 am – 2:00 pm)
HPSJ Community Room, 7751 South Manthey Road, French Camp, CA
Free parking on site


Over 60 expected, including: business owners, educators, health advocated, faith-based/church leaders, non-profit organizations, government leaders, champions for change.

Program: Segment Highlights

Full schedule with presentation topics and speakers is here.

10:20 am – Community Welcome

Amy Shin, CEO, Health Plan of San Joaquin
Brandie Owusu-Spencer, President, African American Chamber

10:30 am – Our Community Today

Barb Alberson, Sr. Deputy Director, Policy & Planning, SJC Public Health Services
Ashley Lewis, Health Educator, Tobacco Prevention Program, SJC Public Health Services
Christina Peoples, Community Outreach Specialist, Public Health Advocates

11:25 am – Live Empowered – Nutrition & Physical Activity

Pastor Bobby Spencer, Certified Fitness Trainer, Nutritionist, & Owner, Kingdom Fitness  
Isela Robles, Program Director, YMCA of San Joaquin County 
Renee Simpson, Registered Dietitian, Public Health Services 
Ellen Powell, Master Gardener, Black Urban Farmers Association  
Inez Aldridge, President, Black Urban Farmers Association 

12:30 pm – Be Empowered – Health Care Resources & Partners

Dr. Kwabena Adubofour, M.D., Medical Director, East Main Clinic & Stockton Diabetes Intervention Center, San Joaquin Medical Society President 

1:25 pm – Our Community Tomorrow

LaCresia Hawkins, REACH Program Manager, Public Health Advocates


This event is not for the general public. Reporters are invited to cover this event.

Media Contact:

David Hurst
(209) 461-2241