Education And Outreach - Community Outreach - Ethnic Health Institute

COID - Ethnic Health Institute Collaborations

The Ethnic Health Institute provided many educational opportunities for the community and providers in 2005.  The Director of EHI is Dr. Frank Staggers (left), who chairs the Executive Committee of the Center of Excellence in Nutritional Genomics.


  • The Ethnic Health Institute was a major contributor in planning, organizing and delivering the Bay Area African American Health Initiative's 2005 Health Summit in January 2005. EHI's four chronic disease committees actively participated, delivering educational programs (end of life) as well as health screenings (prostate cancer and hypertension), as well as distribution of flu shots.  The event was held at the Oakland Convention Center and attracted more than 5000 attendees.
  • In May, EHI and the COID organized a luncheon for John Ruffin, PhD, director of the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD), National Institutes of Health that brought together over one-hundred and twenty people from over thirty local organizations and institutions to learn more about the goals of the NCMHD.
  • Stroke prevention and awareness has been a critical issue this year at EHI and there have been several educational workshops and outreach events.  EHI's stroke outreach committee has been pivotal to the development and success of the Alta Bates Summit Medical Center's stroke center. EHI held a training for the Oakland Unified School District and Alameda County Public Health Department nurses on August 25th, "Cultural Competence and Mental Health: The Foundation of Chronic Disease Management," Juanita Dimas, Ph.D.; Michael LeNoir, MD; and Barbara Staggers, MD were the speakers.
  • Collaborated with COID on the adult onset of asthma on November 19th. 
  • Partnered with the local Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services office and other organizations to present a timely series of community trainings on changes to Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage
  • EHI and its partners conducted seven trainings from mid-September through the end of the year. 
  • Hosted three of their popular "Medicine and Music" events that combines dinner lectures on diabetes, stroke, and cancer with a night of jazz music at Yoshi's.