(as reported by Huffington Post)
Soror Maya Angelou is set to parter with Novant Health, a not-for-profit integrated system of 13 hospitals that is set to unveil the Maya Angelou Center for Women’s Health and Wellness in her hometown of Winston-Salem, N.C. The wellness center will open in June 2012.
The newest facility is the second with which Angelou has been involved, according to the Huffington Post. In 2002 she helped open the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity at Wake Forest University, which is focused on closing the gap in health and healthcare disparities among minorities.
Like the work being done there, Angelou says her women’s health center — which offers an array of clinical programs affecting women’s health, including heart, wellness, cancer and surgical services, as well as maternity, emergency, bone and joint health and behavioral care — will focus not only on treatment but on prevention, a critical step in closing the gap that she says is too often hindered by denial.
“The disparities are embarrassing,” she says. “What they hope to do at the center is to coordinate all the aspects of women’s health and wellness … encouraging women to look after themselves. In that way, they can almost be sure to count on some prevention.”
To celebrate its opening, Soror Maya Angelou’s Center for Women’s Health and Wellness is kicking off a national competition titled “Health Inspirations.” This initiative encourages women to share how they have been inspired to practice a new health behavior, change a negative health behavior or improve their overall health and well-being.
When asked about the “inspirational” contest by BET.com, Soror Angelou stated:
I’d like to see letters from women. I’d like to see attempts at poetry and poetry. I’d like to see women talk about how they are willing to be present in their own lives and how they think that they’re worthy of being present and saving their own lives. Maybe in the future, we’ll do an anthology of the poems or letters [that] come in. We’ll see.
About the Contest:
ENTER TO WIN TODAY:
The Maya Angelou Center for Women’s Health and Wellness invites you to share how you were inspired to practice a new health behavior, or change a negative health behavior, to improve your overall health and wellbeing.
Email us at the address below to share your most inspiring advice, from every day changes to life-changing new behaviors. The best piece of advice that we receive will be featured on the wall of the new Center; and the top 10 healthy inspirations receive a copy of Maya Angelou’s book, Phenomenal Women.
EMAIL YOUR ENTRY TO: MayaAngelouCenterforWomen@gmail.com
Submissions accepted through June 11, 2012. Learn more: facebook.com/MayaAngelouCenter.