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New Des Moines Health Conference Will Focus On Underserved Populations – Iowa Starting Line

“My City My Health: Des Moines” Organizer Corey Dion Lewis/Photo submitted

Corey Dion Lewis’ familial background is without doubt one of the issues that impressed him to get entangled within the well being and wellness discipline.

“Chronic disease was normal for me growing up,” he stated. “Seeing my household wrestle with diabetes [and] on the time probably not understanding that that was killing them.

“As I got older, I started to understand, ‘Wait, this is not a lifestyle that I want to lead.’ That really motivated me to want to help people in that way and health coaching has been that vehicle for me.”

Lewis, who’s Black, stated a part of the issue was his household’s food plan, which consisted of numerous fried meals. When he attended the University of Iowa in Iowa City, the East Moline, Illinois, native discovered his calling as a scientific well being coach though he was initially a psychology main.

“I was always doing something within health. I was always talking about health, I always liked health and realized that psychology was not for me,” Lewis stated.

After a suggestion from a professor, Lewis pivoted towards turning into a scientific well being coach. His profession led him to Des Moines the place he ultimately began to serve the neighborhood at Broadlawns Medical Center, a nonprofit hospital owned by Polk County residents.

Now, Lewis is taking his ardour for well being and wellness a step additional.

He is internet hosting “My City My Health: Des Moines,” a first-of-its-kind well being fairness summit. The occasion will happen from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11, at Mainframe Studios in Des Moines.

Lewis is sponsoring it via his podcast “The Healthy Project,” a high 200 well being podcast on Apple, which he began in 2020 as a solution to see his sufferers throughout a time when he couldn’t bodily be with them. It has since broadly developed and discussions vary from racial discrimination in well being care to methods to scale back well being inequities.

“We’re still talking about prevention—because that’s where my passion started—but branching out to more public health perspective through a Black and brown lens and what is going on,” Lewis stated.

 The well being fairness convention is simply the following step following these conversations.

“My City My Health: Des Moines” has assist from Broadlawns, Des Moines University, UnityPoint Health, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and extra.

The occasion will consist of 4 panels and audio system embrace medical professionals, media personalities, health and wellness consultants, and social justice advocates in and from round Central Iowa. 

Some audio system embrace:

  • Broadlawns CEO Anthony Coleman
  • Jacquie Easley McGee of the Des Moines NAACP and Mercy Medical Center
  • Urban Dream Executive Director Izaah Knox
  • Former Des Moines TV Anchor Rheya Springer
  • Dana James of Black Iowa News

Lewis famous he has attended lots of conferences in Des Moines that function audio system with completely no connection to town and area. He doesn’t have something towards these occasions, however Lewis needed his convention to really feel extra native.

“What I wanted to do differently is have everybody who is speaking in this ‘My City My Health: Des Moines’ to be from Des Moines or to have some kind of sweat equity or something to do with improving the health of the most underserved and most vulnerable population here,” he stated.

Lewis desires this preliminary occasion to be a hit in hopes of spreading “My City My Health”  to different communities so he and others can share tips on well being and wellness and handle and discover options to systemic points within the healthcare system.

“It’s not your average event either,” Lewis stated. “I’ll say we are bringing a lot of culture to this event. It’s just going to be hype. It’s going to be fun and educational at the same time.”

Event Details

What: My City My Health Des Moines, offered by The Healthy Project

Who: Des Moines’ most influential well being and neighborhood advocates will speak about what they’re doing to enhance the well being of our most weak and underserved inhabitants.

When:  9 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday, Nov. 11

Where: Mainframe Studios in Des Moines

Admission: $45



by Ty Rushing

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