As it seems, the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) will be honoring the famous actress and singer Queen Latifah at the Spirit of the Heart Awards Gala which takes place this Saturday, on October 1st. The event will start at 7 PM at Cipriani 42nd Street.
The event is in fact beneficial for the ongoing clinical research ABC is supporting, as well as the community outreach through Spirit of the Heart and advocates for preventing heart diseases. The people there also support education for underrepresented minorities in cardiology through the fellowship awards given by ABC.
The Master of Ceremonies there will be Lamman Rucker, a Celebrity Screen Actor and Health Advocate. Of course, the event will also include music entertainment and it will enjoy the presence of important people in the industry, such as patient advocates, industry leaders, celebs and other healthcare professionals.
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The beloved entertainer Queen Latifah, on her real name Dana Owens, has also been invited at the gala. She will be honored and will receive the ABC Health Promotions and Heart Disease Prevention Award because she had an active role in promoting preventative care and advancing reduction when it comes to cardiovascular disease disparities. Recently, Latifah has been a really effective voice in taking care of heart health, especially since she was inspired by her mother Rita Owens, who had a good management of heart failure.
Dr. Barbara Hutchinson, former Awards Gala Chair and the ABC President, said that their efforts are fundamental in guiding and forming the entire nation towards the goal of eliminating disparities and offering equal chances for health for everybody. She added that they are proud of the persons they are honoring and that they are oriented towards encouraging patient initiatives, mentoring aspiring doctors and serving in academic leadership.
The Association of Black Cardiologists has been founded in 1974 and ever since then they played an essential role in preventing and treating cardiovascular diseases.