NEWS | August 22, 2019

Media advisory: Conference promotes nursing, health to African American community

In celebration of California’s African American Women’s Health Legacy Month in August, Yes2Kollege Educational Resources, Inc., UC Davis Health and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis present the Fourth Annual Preserve Our Legacy: Advancing African Americans in Nursing Conference. Local nursing schools and programs will share information and create linkages of support for potential and current African American students wishing to navigate the education path to a nursing future. The event features panel discussions and a wellness fair, where graduate students from the School of Nursing will conduct health screenings.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24.

Betty Irene Moore Hall, located at 2570 48th St., Sacramento

Visuals and interviews:

  • Health screenings by nursing students from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis
  • Interviews with African American nurses as to why they chose the profession and role in mentoring
  • Interviews with Sharon Chandler, director, African American Women’s Health Legacy

The California Healthcare Foundation reports the majority of the state’s registered nurses are white or Asian. While African Americans make up about 10% of the population of the Sacramento metropolitan area, they make up only 4% of the region’s nurses. The organizers’ goals are to increase awareness about health and career disparities that affect African Americans in the community and empower them to consider nursing as a career, as well as make lifestyle changes to become healthier. In 2015, the California Senate issued a resolution and Sacramento County issued a proclamation declaring August as African American Women’s Health Legacy month.

Rebecca Badeaux, 916-751-0443