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Maya Angelou Headlining UAB Health Disparities Event

Literary luminary to speak on October 15 in Birmingham, AL

For the second year in a row, literary luminary Maya Angelou will lend her voice to the cause of helping minority women throughout Alabama overcome many obstacles to good health.

Mona Fouad, M.D., MPH, director of the MHRC, says studies have shown that African-American and Hispanic-American women use fewer health services, are more likely to suffer from disease and disabilities and are more likely to die from preventable and treatable diseases than other women.

To help support the mission of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center in eliminating health disparities through outreach, education and research, Angelou will bring her powerful poetry and captivating delivery to the inaugural UAB MHRC fundraising luncheon, "Rewriting Her Story: Put Yourself in Her Shoes," Friday, Oct. 15, 2010, at 11:30 a.m. at the Birmingham Sheraton Hotel downtown.

In 2009, Angelou captivated a sellout crowd at the MHRC gala, which has become this year's luncheon. Her presence, talent and passion helped raise awareness, but, Fouad says, it is the funding the event generates and the people being reached through the center's programs that are most important.

"The MHRC and its staff are translating scientific discoveries into service for those who need it most," Fouad says. "Through staff and volunteers, we have reached thousands of women in urban and rural communities, conducted health screenings, established walking teams, and gone into schools with nutrition and physical activity programs for underserved children. Those are just some of the things that we are most proud of and want to continue to do."

Tickets are $100 and will be on sale Sept. 7 through Oct. 8. For more information or to purchase tickets go to or call 205-975-5659.

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