Join Us for the

4th Annual Pennsylvania Black Health Matters Conference: 

Release and Restore 2024

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Four Days of Education, Entertainment, and Fun Created Especially for You!  FREE

At the intersection of health, community empowerment, and civic engagement, Community Hero Action Group (CHAG) proudly presents it’s annual event during April 2024, National Minority Health Month.  In recognition of National Minority Health Month, we are hosting the fourth annual Pennsylvania Black Health Matters Conference. This event is free to the community and its goal is to provide actionable, accurate information with a focus on topics that are germane to the Black community.  This year’s focus is on mental wellness, hence the theme, “Release and Restore.”   Our goal is to release the stigma and baggage that is typically associated with mental health and restore joy and empowerment to the community.

 Empowering Our Community.  This conference is more than an event; it’s a movement! CHAG is committed to empowering our community by addressing health disparities and fostering an environment of inclusivity, awareness, and action. Join us as we take collective steps toward a healthier, more empowered future.

Health Equity and Awareness.  Recognizing the unique health challenges the Black community faces, our conference aims to drive conversations around health equity. We’re working towards dismantling barriers to optimal health and well-being through a diverse offering of programming: including forums, interactive workshops, health screenings, expert insights, and real discourse that unpacks the impact of policy and legislation on our community’s health and wellness.  


Join Us. Your Health. Your Voice. Your Community.

What to Expect:

  • Expert Speakers.  Engage with renowned healthcare professionals, community leaders, and influencers driving change in the health landscape.
  • Health Screenings.  Access crucial health screenings, ensuring proactive care and early detection.
  • Community Connection.  Forge connections with local organizations, health advocates, and fellow community members.
  • Civic Engagement for a Stronger Tomorrow.   At the heart of our mission is the belief that a healthy community is an engaged community. Seamlessly blending health initiatives with civic responsibility, we offer timely information,  opportunities to address our local leaders, and assistance with voter registration.  
  • Wellness for Every Body and Mind.  A journey to holistic well-being with our wellness activities. From invigorating yoga sessions to mindfulness workshops, we’ve curated experiences that nurture the body, mind, and soul. Your well-being matters, and we’re here to support it. 



Schedule subject to change.



THURSDAY, April 11, 2024
Online and In-Person


We will host a diverse array of topics all-day long.  Stay around for all of them or pop in and out during the day.  Listen to doctors, clinicians, and other subject matter experts talk about the topics that you are interested in.  Safe space will be created to ask questions and also trusted resources will be provided.  

day 2

FRIDAY, April 12, 2024  12:00pm-1:30pm


Temple University Atrium | 1755 N. 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Activities | Giveaways | Mental Wellness Resources

The Campus Joy Hub

Amidst the hustle and bustle of campus life, we’re hosting a pop-up dedicated to supporting the mental well-being of college students. Nestled in the heart of the atrium at Temple University,  students are encouraged to stop by and take a moment to prioritize their mental health with various interactive activities for promoting relaxation; self-care and mindfulness techniques; informative mental health resources, snacks, and “mindful” giveaways.


SATURDAY, April 13, 2024  12:00pm-4:00pm
Vernon Park, 5800 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA

Health in Action Festival

DJ Diamond Kuts will be in the house on the ones and twos!  So come on out and get your dance on.  There will be live entertainment throughout the day, DJ, food, giveways, raffles,  chair massages, face-painting,  a 360 Photo Booth, health screenings, and more.  

Live Entertainment

We are excited to announce that our festival features e a variety of live entertainment, showcasing some of Philadelphia’s most talented performers. Our lineup includes:

  • DJ Diamond Kutz will be providing entertainment throughout the day.
  • Temple University dance teams: featuring some of the city’s most talented young dancers, the Temple University dance teams will bring energy and excitement to the stage with their dynamic and captivating performances.
  • African drummers: experience the rhythmic beats and soulful melodies of traditional African drumming, brought to life by a talented group of local musicians.
  • Spoken word artists: witness the power of the spoken word as our talented performers share their stories, thoughts, and emotions through poetry and prose.

With such a diverse and talented lineup, our festival promises to be a celebration of art, culture, and community.

    Hero Clinic (Health Screening Services)


    The Hero Health Clinic will be providing valuable services like blood pressure and glucose checks from trusted names, as well as information and resources from various organizations like PCOM,  Walmart Pharmacy, and others. These services can help individuals take better care of their health and prevent or manage health problems.

    Regular blood pressure and glucose checks can help individuals monitor their risk for conditions like hypertension and diabetes, and take steps to manage these conditions if necessary. Getting booster shots can also help protect against infectious diseases, while information and resources from organizations like Salus Eye Institute can help individuals take better care of their vision and eye health.

    Overall, it’s important for healthcare providers and organizations to work together to provide comprehensive and accessible healthcare services, and it’s great to see Hero Health Clinic doing just that.

    Fun Stuff! Stilt Walkers | Henna Painter | DJ | Food

    We are thrilled to announce that our festival will feature a variety of fun activities and entertainment for all attendees including:

    • Stilt walkers: watch in awe as our talented performers navigate the festival grounds on stilts, showcasing their incredible balance and agility.
    • Henna painters: add a touch of artistry to your festival experience with beautiful henna designs created by our skilled artists.
    • DJ: dance the day away to the hottest beats and latest tunes spun by Philly’s own DJ Diamond Kutz!
    • Enjoy a delicious variety of free food to keep you energized and cool throughout the day.

    We believe that festivals are about bringing people together and celebrating the diversity and creativity of our community. With so many activities and entertainment options, we hope to create an unforgettable experience for all attendees.

    Kids Zone


    This year’s kids Zone has incorporated the playground at Vernon Park and a fun bouncy house for kids to burn off some energy.  The magic show with clown is sure to be a hit! Be sure to check out the sidewalk chalk drawing area which is a creative outlet for kiddos.  Activities are rounded out by the African drummer ensemble that will provide short lessons throughout the day which is a unique opportunity for kids to learn about music and culture. Overall, the kids zone is a great place for families to spend time together and enjoy the event.


    Civic Engagement Talk

    Join us for a non-partisan short talk provided by Philadelphia Commissioner, Omar Sabir to learn more about the power of the vote.  

    Building the Bloc Block party

    We are pleased to partner with PA Youth Vote this year to build a active, educated voting bloc.  We will be on hand to share information about voting rights, dates, and other important information.  Step right up to one of our kiosks to check your voting registration kiosks to check your status or register to vote on the spot.  Paper registration and mail-in-ballot applications will also be available.  Fun civic engagement games will capture the attention for all.

    Special Invite from Radio Show Host, Dr. Safiyya Shabazz, MD, "Her Health Matters"

    Hello everyone, I’m Safiyya Shabazz, the host of “Her Health Matters”. Today, I’m excited to be here at this four-day conference and to introduce a special series of videos that will be aired on Monday, entitled “My Sister’s Stories.”

    During this series, I will be talking to female attendees about their health journeys. I believe that sharing our personal stories can be a powerful way to inspire and support each other. We all have unique experiences with our health, and by sharing these stories, we can learn from each other, find comfort in knowing we’re not alone, and even discover new resources and approaches that we may not have considered before.

    So, if you’re attending this conference and have a story to share, be sure to visit the taping area.  I would love to hear from you. Let’s come together to support and uplift each other on our journeys toward better health.

    Thank you.

    Medicaid Enrollment Clinic

    DAY 4

    MONDAY, April 15, 2024  10:00AM-11:30AM
    Drexel University |  Health Sciences Building  | 60 N. 36th Street | Philadelphia, PA  19104

    “State of Black Health Policy in Pennsylvania”

    This forum is dedicated to discussing current issues, policies, and practices related to healthcare in the state of Pennsylvania. Whether you are a healthcare professional, a policy maker, a patient, or simply someone who is interested in the state of healthcare in Pennsylvania, this forum provides a space to share your thoughts, opinions, and experiences. Some topics that may be discussed include healthcare access, healthcare affordability, healthcare quality, healthcare equity, healthcare innovation, and healthcare regulation.  

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