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Multicultural Women's Health Fair and Empowerment Expo

September 30, 2023

Multicultural Women's Health Fair and Empowerment Expo

September 30, 2023

Thank You For Attending

The 2023 inaugural Multicultural Women’s Health & Empowerment Expo was a moment to focus on women’s health not only four ourselves, but also our loved ones. See highlights of the event below. 

Thank you for being one of the more than 2,500 women from throughout our community who took time to prioritize your own health and wellness at the inaugural Multicultural Women’s Health & Empowerment Expo last month. You came together for a “moment” of inspiration and created real “momentum” for change.

“Momentum begins with the moment. and THIS, ladies, is OUR moment!”

MetroHealth President & CEO Airica Steed

Airica steed at womens health expo 2023

Watch Event Videos

Opening Remarks Dr. Airica Steed, MetroHealth President and CEO
How Women Can Impact Public Policy Panel Discussion
Cardiac Arrest: Taking Charge of Your Heart Featuring Nicole Ward, Philanthropist, and Co-Founder of Make Them Know Your Name Foundation & Meera Kondapaneni, MD, Director of Heart and Vascular Center, MetroHealth
A League of Her Own Featuring Susan "Dee" Haslam, CEO, Haslam Sports Group & Dr. Victory Vernon, author and mentor 
Sights and Sounds From the Event Featuring you - our wonderful attendees!

Metro Multicultural Women's Health Fair Attendees sharing a photo together
Highlights of the Day

A special appearance from Cynthia Bailey, a nationally recognized media personality who has used her voice and social influence to advocate for women's health. Cynthia, who appeared in Bravo's "Real Housewives of Atlanta," has been candid about sharing her own health struggles over the years and supporting other women experiencing the same issues and pain.
Keynote addresses from Susan “Dee” Haslam, CEO of the Haslam Sports Group; Nicole Ward, philanthropist and co-founder of the Make Them Know Your Name Foundation.
Dynamic health talks featuring MetroHealth providers focused on pregnancy care, heart health, mental health, breast health and women’s cancer.
Screenings of two powerful documentaries – “Below the Belt,” which exposes widespread problems in the health care system that disproportionately affect women; and “Black Women: Our Hope, Health and Healing,” which chronicles the challenges and barriers faced by Black women in Northeast Ohio.
Live entertainment featuring acclaimed gospel singer Kierra Sheard-Kelly and much more.

See more Highlights on our Simply Well blog

Health Talks

MetroHealth providers shared their knowledge about many important topics. Takeaway flyers are available in both English (pg1) and Spanish (pg2).

Breastfriends Christine Alexander, MD discussed how to take care of your breasts and other important areas of your body.
Heart Disease Meera Kondapanin, MD spoke about the differences in heart health care and management for women.
Menopause Sally MacPhedron, MD shared information about menopause including signs, symptoms, and treatment options.
Pregnancy Our esteemed panel of experts shared best-practices and techniques for taking care of your pregnancy or that of an expecting loved one. Clodagh Mullen, MD., Kelley Gallagher, RN, MSN, Allyson Rizk, RN, MSN, Jennifer Outrich, RN, MSN, Nancy Steckel, RN, MSN
Managing Emotional Trauma Ajasha Long, PhD discussed how to recognize and manage symptoms of stress and trauma before they become overwhelming.
Weight Loss Options Shanail Berry, MD and Amelia Dorsey, MD spoke about obesity being a chronic disease and the many treatment options available.
Setting Boundaries for Wellbeing* Marsheena Murray, PhD talked about managing anxiety and depression by discovering and implementing boundaries.
*Takeaway not available.
Women’s Cancer Update* Kimberly Resnick, MD presented the different types of gynecological cancers, symptoms to watch for, and the importance of annual Pap smears and women’s health care visits.
*Takeaway not available.

MetroHealth Sponsors

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Signature Sponsor

Key Bank

Premier Sponsor

Saint Luke's Foundation

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Benefactor Sponsor

First Energy

Community Sponsors

Aetna Medicare Solutions

Crosscountry Mortgage

Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District

Boyd Watterson Asset Management

Margaret W Wong and Associates LLC

Pfizer Rare Disease

Empowerment Sponsors