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San Bernardino NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner Focuses on Health

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By Megan Carter –

Dr. Gloria Morrow, one of the county’s leading psychologists, served as guest speaker at the San Bernardino NAACP Annual Freedom Fund Dinner. Dr. Morrow spoke on the theme, “Health Education and Prevent ion: A Passport to Healthy Lifestyles.

She said we also can’t do it without integrating spiritual with the clinical concepts for healing based on the word of God. She said we should not be afraid to seek help when we need it. She doesn’t focus on just the Christian faith, although she is a Christian, she said other faiths are as important to the individual as Christ is to her and it is not her place to judge.

Morrow’s healthy mental health message complemented the award winners this year. Teaching the community how to live a healthier lifestyle, drinking more water, exercising and eating healthier, is Assembly Member Wilmer Amina Carter, who was named the Healthy Lifestyle Advocate Pioneer; Connie Lexion, a long-time advocate of nutritious eating, was named Nutrition Advocate Pioneer; Cynthia Davis, known all over the country was recognized for her work in HIV/AIDS, she was named the AIDS Awareness Pioneer; Loist ine Herndon, teaches young people how to prepare healthy meals and at the end of the training gives them a blender, for that she was named the Healthy Youth Pioneer, and the City of Fontana received the organizations Healthy City Pioneer award for being the first city in the region to advocate for their citizens to be healthy.

Ernest Levister, Jr. , M.D. received the Professional Health Advocate Pioneer, for the many years of informing the public through his column in the Black Voice News and his advocacy on behalf of Black medical students.

Whether it was going to Sacramento to speak to the legislature on behalf of the new UCR Medical School or chiding them about something that was not done Dr. Levister has been outspoken.

Dr. George Small is also an outspoken member of the medical profession; his focus on better health outcomes from medical institutions and his work in the community netted him the award.

Dr. Small has a background in public health and is an OB/GYN doctor. At one time he consistently delivered more babies in the San Bernardino County than anyone else.

Loma Linda School of Public Health, Center of Adventist Studies was named the Outstanding Health Institution of the year. It was their groundbreaking study of health habits in the African American community that netted them the award.

Jordan Daniels was named the Student of the Year for his dedication to the ACT-SO program. He was a finalist this year, playing in the category of classical music.

He is a student at UCLA. The Hardy Brown College Prep students gave outstanding presentations as well as Bridget Bentley of Be Ready Productions.

Special thanks go to the outstanding master of ceremonies, Mark Hartley of Cal State University, San Bernardino who was introduced by last year’s speaker, Ken Morris, Executive Director of the Frederick Douglas Family Foundation.

Mayor Pat Morris welcomed the attendees to the city, Ray Fuller provided the music, and Pat Small was the masterful dinner chair. All were reminded that health education and prevent ion is a passport to a healthy lifestyle.

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