MMHI Partnership with Hampton University Annual Conference on the Black Family
The Hampton University Minority Men’s Health Initiative (MMHI), a five-year $13.5 million grant funded by the National Institutes of Health's National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, has established partnership with Hampton University's Annual Conference on the Black Family. The Annual Conference on the Black Family provides a forum for members of the African-American community to discuss important issues concerning physical, political, social, and economic health of the black family.
The MMHI Project Manager Cheryl Gray Evans and the members of the MMHI Administrative Core pledge to assist the organizers of the Annual Conference on the Black Family in the planning and financing of panel discussions in key areas of common interest, particularly those affecting the health of African-American male populations. The initial activity in this partnership took place on Friday, March 21, 2014 at the recently concluded 36th Conference on the Black Family. The panel entitled: "Love Life? Love Guns?" asked participants to consider a seminal question: "Are senseless violence and a nation's unbridled love affair with guns threatening the future of our families?” Mr. Byron Pitts, ABC News Anchor and National Correspondent served as the panel moderator. Other panelist included Dr. Candice Wallace, Assistant Professor in Hampton University Department of Psychology and one of the lead researchers in the MMHI violence prevention project; Ms. Nardyne Jefferies, a Washington DC community activist and is Volunteer Coordinator of the Children of Mine Youth Center; and Attorney Josh Horowitz, Executive Director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.