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SAVANNAH, GA – FEBRUARY 1, 2016 – Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church has a longstanding history of advocating for the health, longevity and emotional security of its congregants as well as the local population. The church facilitates many missions and programs designed to foster spiritual growth and encourage overall physical and mental wellness.

They’ve recently taken their efforts a step farther to join forces with four other Savannah-area entities equally as concerned with ensuring all individuals have access to quality care and are equipped with the knowledge to lead healthy lifestyles. Asbury, in collaboration with Healthy Savannah, Chatham-Savannah Youth Futures Authority, Mixed Greens and the Berean Missionary Baptist Association, Inc., are inviting community members to participate in an exciting program centered around a conversation on race and health.

At 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, Asbury will host an event featuring Dr. Thomas LaVeist, Ph.D., Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparity Solutions. For 20 years, this top-notch researcher and medical expert has explored the issues of race and health. He seeks to develop an orienting framework for policies and interventions to address racial disparities in health-related outcomes. LaVeist’s most prominent fields of expertise include U.S. health and social policy; the role of race in health research; social factors contributing to mortality, longevity and life expectancy; quantitative and demographic analysis and access; and utilization of health services.

As part of his grassroots efforts to engage communities in his life work, this Baltimore, Maryland-based doctor will address the realities revealed by his research and facilitate dialogue on solutions. LaVeist is completing a documentary, called “The Skin You’re In,” which he will highlight in his presentation to spur thought-provoking dialogue among attendees.

Members of the community are invited to participate in the forum and may want to bring others who are invested in promoting the health and wellness of Savannah and neighboring areas. Guests will learn about resource networks that offer ideas for effecting positive change and bringing about lasting community impact. Light refreshments will be provided.

“We’re really looking forward being a part of this important community event. Now more than ever, the need for effective and quality care across the board is very prominent. We want to do all we can to shed light on this problem and help facilitate viable solutions. For that to happen, there must be open communication,” Asbury’s Minister Rev. Billy Hester said.

Anyone interested in attending should RSVP to Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church is located at 1008 Henry St. in downtown Savannah. For more information, please visit or call 912-233-4351. For more on LaVeist’s research, please visit

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