July 12-15, 2012

ISHIB2012 – 27th Annual
International Interdisciplinary
Conference on Hypertension and
Related Cardiovascular Risk Factors
in Ethnic Populations – Miami

American College of Cardiology
January 9-13
- 43rd Annual Cardiovascular Conference – Snowmass, Colorado

January 12-14
- Cardiovascular Care Summit: Solutions for Thriving in a Time of Change – Las Vegas

January 20-21
- 6th Annual Heart of
Women’s Health – Washington

January 27-29
- The 31st Annual Perspectives on New Diagnostic and Therapeutic Techniques in Clinical Cardiology – Lake Buena Vista, Florida

February 20-24
- 34th Annual Cardiology at
Big Sky Meeting – Big Sky, Montana


American Heart Association

March 13-16
- Nutrition, Physical Activity
and Metabolism and Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention 2012 Scientific Sessions- San Diego

Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation

January 26
- Care Innovations Summit 2012
- Washington

European Society of Cardiology

March 16-17
- 12th Annual Spring Meeting on Cardiovascular Nursing – Copenhagen

March 30 – April 1
- Frontiers in Cardiovascular Biology 2012 – London

International Diabetes Federation

February 2-5
- Up Close and Personalized, International Congress on Personalized Medicine – Florence

February 15-17
- 1st American Society of Nutrition Middle East Congress “Nutrition in Health & Disease” – Istanbul

Your health is your wealth. This take-away message reached hundreds of participants during the November 19 health fair that took place at the Wisdom Reception Center in New Orleans. Sponsored by ISHIB and the Black Men of Labor and supported by an educational grant from Novartis Pharmaceuticals, the health fair featured patient education sessions, celebrities, panel discussions, one-on-one consultations and screening for high blood pressure and glucose levels.

ISHIB board members, Keith C. Ferdinand, MD, and Shawna D. Nesbitt, MD, MS, co-chaired the event. Cheryl Taylor, PhD, RN, served as program coordinator and led a team of volunteers to deliver the health fair programming to residents who may have otherwise been left undiagnosed, uninformed and underserved.

The patient education session included the co- chairs of the event and Myra Kleinpeter, MD, president of the Louisiana Affiliate of the National Kidney Foundation. The panel provided tips on managing hypertension and diabetes. Participants had the opportunity to meet with the doctors throughout the day to address individual health questions.

Volunteers from EXCELth, Inc. and other organizations were on hand to screen participants for blood pressure and glucose levels. Xavier University School of Pharmacy students and professors offered counseling after each individual completed the screening.

Those whose results were out-of- range were referred to private area for an echocardiogram and additional counseling. Gholam Ali, MD, of Tulane University School of Medicine, Corey Goldman, MD, the Vascular Institute Westbank Clinic and Tulane volunteers provided the echocardiogram equipment and man power for this often prohibitively expensive testing.

During a panel discussion with the ISHIB co-chairs in the afternoon, Drs. Ali and Goldman also responded to participants’ health concerns and questions. The panel discussed a number of local and socioeconomic issues of concern to the community members. Top on the list of concerns? Lack of access to fresh fruits and vegetables, eating healthfully on the go and on a limited budget, dangers in substituting over- the-counter medications and supplements for prescriptions.

All participants received an ISHIB IMPACT “Know your Numbers” card to record screening results. The card is a portable tracking system that allows entries of screening results and other notes from or between medical visits.

Other resources available to participating community members included pamphlets on “Tips for a Healthier Soulfood Plate,”“Breaking down the Food Label,” and “Salt and Blood Pressure,” which included a list of high-sodium foods and tips on making smart choices when eating fast food. The National Diabetes Education Program also provided “Get Real,” a practical, stepwise guide to diabetes prevention.

Stay tuned as ISHIB analyzes the results and communicates with our New Orleans health fair participants to assess the community impact of the program.


While community elders shared their stories and methods for managing hypertension and diabetes even in adverse conditions, participants of the Your Health Is Your Wealth fair were treated to a special appearance from a few national heroes.

Musician, performer, composer, arranger, and teacher, Harold Raymond Battiste, Jr. (recently bestowed an honorary doctorate from the University of California) shared his long list of health issues. He presented a few highlights of his musical career, including producing and arranging Sonny and Cher’s I Got You Babe, Joe Jones’

You Talk Too Much, and Lee Dorsey’s Ya Ya. Dr. Battiste’s achievements include six gold records, 15 years with the Sonny and Cher show, and initiating the first African American musician-owned record label, All For One, better known as AFO Records. This New Orleans native was a true inspiration to the audience, noting that, by managing his hypertension and other related risks, he has been able to play a critical role in music and Black history.

Doratha “Dodie” Smith-Simmons, one of the original Freedom Riders, also made a special appearance. She shared a particular interest in attendees’ health concerns as she has a family history of diabetes and now manages her own disease. The Freedom Riders challenged local laws and customs enforcing segregation by riding various forms of public transportation in the South, lending more credibility to the American Civil Rights Movement.

Another national celebrity on hand to support the health fair was retired NFL defensive end Rich “Tombstone” Jackson. Mr. Jackson played for the Denver Broncos in the late 60s through early 70s. Football fans and historians know him best for his famous moves, the “head- slap” and “halo-spinner.” Closer to home, Tombstone became a school administrator and advocate in New Orleans after a knee injury forced him into early retirement. Although he has suffered some health issues, Mr. Jackson stands as a model for the community proving that maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle is the first step toward longevity and success.

ISHIB thanks the New Orleans local stars, volunteers, speakers, and supporters for the success of the health fair. Ensuring health care access to this community in need and offering education and role models for successful disease management provided unique motivation and inspiration to those attending this event.

We look forward to the opportunity to take this experience to other communities in need in 2012 and beyond.


Two issues of the journal were released early this month: Volume 21, 3, Supplement 1 and Volume 21, 4, which also carried partial proceedings from the ISHIB 2011 scientific conference in July 2011. Supplement 1 features original reports on the partnered participatory research approach to building community capacity and addressing mental health disparities, especially during disasters.The issue presents recommendations from several research centers working to develop the community-partnered participatory research (CPPR) field. Readers will find examples of CPPR approaches for delivery of mental health services following a major disaster and other CPPR applications.