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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Contact: AoA Press Office
(202) 357-3507
Monday, February 14, 2011

HHS officials to celebrate African American History Month with DC seniors
“Your History, Your Health”

HHS leaders will participate in an African American History Month program with a special emphasis on health and independence among African American elders. The program, “Your History, Your Health,” will include counseling services and health screenings. The program is sponsored by the U.S Administration on Aging (AoA), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the D.C. Office on Aging, and the National Caucus and Center on Black Aged.

WHO: Kathy Greenlee, assistant secretary for aging, HHS
Caya B. Lewis, M.P.H., chief of staff, CMS, HHS
Donna Dunston, interim director, D.C. Office on Aging
Musical Presentation by Sheila Poole, Ms. Senior D.C.
WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (11 a.m. remarks)
WHERE: Hattie Holmes Senior Wellness Center
324 Kennedy Street, NW
Washington, DC 20011

African Americans who are 65 years and older numbered about 3.3 million in 2009 and this population is projected to grow to more than 9.9 million by 2050 in the United States. A significant number of African American elders have at least one chronic condition and many have multiple conditions. Historically, health programs and services funded under Medicaid, Medicare and the Older Americans Act, have been crucially important for African Americans and have made a profound difference in their quality of life.

On Feb. 1, 2011, President Obama issued a proclamation designating the month of February as African American History Month. To read the proclamation, please visit: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/02/01/presidential-proclamation-national-african-american-history-month