On Tuesday, Cuyahoga County Executive Chris Ronayne announced the introduction of legislation to create a Cuyahoga Women’s Health Advisory Council ahead of a health fair and expo that will also put women’s health the one ahead.
The council’s goal is to support women’s access to a full range of health care options, including reproductive and maternal health and to eliminate health disparities.
This is an effort that Dr. Airica Steed, CEO and president of the MetroHealth system, which has been around for a long time.
Once the council is approved, it will have 13 members. They plan to start in October.
“What we’re doing, plus what it symbolizes, together, is part of the same effort to make sure that women are in charge of their health care decisions and that they’re empowered and have the tools they need.” them to live a healthy life,” said Dr. Lauren Beene, a pediatrician at Suburban Pediatrics.
Before the council begins, there will be a Multicultural Women’s Health Fair and Expo. Women from all over Cuyahoga County are invited to get free health screenings, receive information, learn how to advocate and enjoy fun.
“For too long, women in our community have taken a back seat. We do a lot of big jobs that take care of everyone around us, and often, we take the back burner,” Steed said. “So, this event is all about putting women’s health first, especially women’s health equity.”
The event will take place this Saturday.
Organizers hope this free event will help increase access and remove barriers.
Transportation, meals and parking are all included. No insurance is required.
Keynote speakers include US Congresswoman Shontel Brown, Susan Haslam, Dr. Victor Vernon, Nicole Ward, and Meera Kondapaneni.
There will also be hands-on CPR and AED demonstrations, meditation sessions with Inner Bliss Yoga Studio, a group mural activity, and more.
It will be from 11 am to 4:30 pm at the Huntington Convention Center in Cleveland. You can find more details and register by clicking here or calling 216-957-3862.