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The COSHAR Foundation Participates in Annual Women's Health Awareness Day
Date:7/18/2008

er the last 10 years and we are proud of the tremendous impact that we have made on the community," says Betty T. Wooten, R.N., M.S.N., and president of the Ebenezer A.M.E. Church Health Ministry and co-coordinator of the event. "The event is held in conjunction with our Annual Women's Season and was born out of the insight and vision of Reverend Jo Ann Browning, M.D., co-pastor of Ebenezer A.M.E. Church, to impact the lives of women spiritually, but also in the body and mind ensuring that women are 'whole.' We must ensure we provide accurate information to parents and families to help protect the children that they care for and love."

The COSHAR Foundation's immunization campaign launched in April during National Infant Immunization Week (April 19-26), when the organization distributed free immunization toolkits to its National Health Ministry Network (NHMN) of more than 11,000 churches and 212 community organizations. The toolkit includes resources, flyers, information, question and answer documents, scriptural references and recommendations for congregational activities and events that help raise awareness of the importance of timely childhood vaccination.

To date, the campaign has been widely accepted by churches and/or community organizations in each participating state. More than 7,000 churches have hosted local "Immunization Sundays," and more than 650 events are scheduled through September 2008. Immunization Sundays allow churches and community organizations to personalize their immunization messages to appropriately reach their members.

"We are pleased with the launch and implementation of the immunization awareness campaign, and The COSHAR Foundation's NHMN continues to be an excellent model for broad-based health education and outreach that can be individualized for communities around the country," says Dr. Allison-Ottey.

The free Women's Health Awareness Day event is open to the public and will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at
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