Free Community Lecture Series Features Speakers on Diabetes; First in a Series of Health related Lectures in the Black Community

By one count, non-Hispanic blacks suffer the highest rate of diabetes among all ethnic groups and races in New York state, In fact, diabetes, particularly type 2 diabetes, has metastasized into epidemic proportions and become a leading cause of death in the black community. Fortunately, type 2 diabetes is both preventable and treatable, and type 1 or juvenile diabetes can be managed. Learn the facts and the local resources available to subdue this chronic disorder at 7 p.m. Monday, May 22 at the South Side Innovation Center, 2610 S. Salina St. in Syracuse.

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The free community health lecture, the fifth presentation in a monthly series hosted by 100 Black Men of Syracuse and Black Nurses Rock of Syracuse, features Cassandra Brown, RN, of the Joslin Diabetes Center, and Beth Smythe, director of Community Health Strategies for the Upstate New York chapter of the American Diabetes Association.

The series, which is held at 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month through July 24 at the South Side Innovation Center, will conclude with two additional lectures.

  • June 26 – “Stroke,” featuring noted neurosurgeon Dr. Eric DeShaies, MD, of Crouse Hospital
  • July 24 – “Prostate Cancer,” featuring Dr. David Albala, MD, chief of urology at Crouse Hospital

No advance registration is required for the lecture series. For more information, email 100 Black Men of Syracuse or call (315) 443-8749.

  • The 100’s monthly general membership meetings are open to the public the first Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. The next general membership meeting is scheduled Tuesday, June 6 at the South Side Innovation Center, 2610 S. Salina St. in Syracuse.