2018 Health Fair



Strengthening Our Minds, Bodies, and Souls With Healthy Living and Healthy Choices

A Third Ward Collaborative Health Fair

Trinity United Methodist Church

2600 Holman St, Houston, TX 77004

Saturday, February 17, 2018

10:00 AM to 1:00 PM


Welcome, Overview and Purpose – Dianne Akins Iglehart

Opening Prayer – Rev. Ed Jones


Panel One Discussion – 10:15 to 10:40 am

Moderators: Rev. Kim Mabry & Nona Carradine

Congregational Healthcare – Rev. Kim Mabry

MD Anderson Faith, Health Collaborative-Initiatives – Terrence Adams

Kelsey Seybold – Stracy Duriso

Faith Community Nursing – Verda Gaines

D.A.W.N. Center Lay Leader Programs – William Reese

City of Houston Health Dept. – Dr. Beverly Gor

D.A.W.N. Special Presentation – 10:50 to 11:15 am

Diabetes – Self Management (in the classroom)


Panel Two Discussion – 10:50 to 11:15 am

panel 2

Moderators: Dr. Janine Dailey Garnes & Barbara Henderson

Bureau for Community and Children’s Environmental Health- Maria Murillo

Harris County Area Agency on Aging – Cynthia Rahming

Behavioral Mental Health- Dr. Heather Chung

Podiatrist – Foot Care/Diabetes – Dr. Tina Oliver

Dental Health- Dr. Ronald Moon

Dental Health- Dr. Stephen Higgins


Panel Three Discussion – 11:20 to 11:50 am

panel 3

Moderators: Dr. L. Natalie Carroll & Bill Crossland

Texas State Rep. Shawn Thierry – Maternal Mortality

Radiology Oncologist – Prostate Cancer- Dr. Melissa Joyner

Urologist – Prostate Cancer – Men’s Health- Dr. Robert Cornell


Panel Four Discussion – 12 noon to 12:30 pm

Moderators: Geri Shelton & James Lang

UH T.O.R.C. Texas Obesity Research Center- Tyler Bakenhous

TSU Barbara Jordan/Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs – Patriccus Fortiori


Panel 4 Detail

TSU Barbara Jordan/Mickey Leland School of Public AffairsPatriccus Fortiori

Perspectives Health Care Policy in our community – Mickey Leland

Texas HB 21, 64th Legislature 1975, Generic Drugs authorization



Health Care Policy in Our Community

City of Houston Health Dept  ( Panel One Discussion)

Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services (HCPHES)

Texas Health and Human Services   (HHS)

Texas Health Related Agencies, Boards & Commissions:

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)

Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT)

Texas Diabetes Council (under Tx HHS)

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services  (HHS) [Agency Listing]

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)


Health Care Policy Defended, Researched, Debated and Created

Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law

University of Texas School of Public Health

Air Alliance Houston

Texas Health Institute

African American Health Coalition


Publications for Review:

Status and Progress of Emergency Planning for Racially and Ethnically Diverse Communities in Greater Houston Findings from  Co-Educational Forums with Community and Response Organizations

Developed by: Texas Health Institute With Support From: Office of Minority Health U.S. Department of Health and Human Services OMH-NHMA-5-10

Status and Progress in Engaging Communities of Color to Advance Resilience to Climate Change

Developed by Texas Health Institute | Supported by The Kresge Foundation In collaboration with Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and Commission to Engage African Americans on Energy, Climate Change, and the Environment


Children’s Environmental Health Disparities: Black and African American Children and Asthma




Double Jeopardy in Houston – Acute and Chronic Chemical Exposures Pose


see also:

Disproportionate Risks for Marginalized Communities




Mitigating Emissions from Cement




Health and Environmental aspects of concrete batch plant dust in Houston.


“But the plants can be a nuisance for people who live next to them, and they tend to cluster in working-class, minority neighborhoods like Lindale Farms. In south Houston, for example, 18 concrete batch plants sit within a 4-mile radius.
A Houston Chronicle analysis shows that Harris County has 188 concrete batch plants, more than any county in Texas and twice the number in Dallas County. Industry officials predict that number will increase over the coming decade as Houston grows.”
Health Care Policy Internationally Obesity (Chilean government):



Let’s Move It!!! – 12:35 to 12:55 pm

Exercises for All Ages – Dr. Earnestine Forest Randle

Thank You For Supporting Our Health Fair!

Let’s Take The Knowledge Gained To Improve Our Health Within

Our Families, Congregations, and Community.

Boynton, Riverside, Trinity, & Trinity East United Methodist Churches


Program Contact Dianne Akins Iglehart 713-851-0137 diglehar@att.net

March 25, 2016

March 25, 2016 New Release La Razza Di Trenta Nove

On March 25th my fast moving and highly visual historical fiction novel will be available.  As that day approaches I am releasing more details on the technical aspects of publishing a novel of this size and scope.  My previous posts revealed two very important inspirations for La Razza Di Trenta Nove.  Please read them.

Although there is no solid precedent for having a Table of Contents or Chapter listing in a fiction novel, I have embraced having an index beyond the simple enumeration in the front of the book.  A good index grabs the reader’s attention with an a la carte styled selection to browse conveying the excitement that guides you into the first words on the first page.

i    Milan, 1938.  The vision of Niccolò Giangele

ii    Oklahoma, USA. Michael Streets and the box car races

iii    Berlin and The Kommandant

iv    La Razza Di Trenta Nove

v    Michael Dreams Big

vi    Kristallnacht                                                                       

vii    Father versus Son

viii   Saving the Farm

ix   The Death of Professor Feise,  Nazi grip tightens

x   Battle of the Races              

February 2016

February 2016 The Second Inspiration.  (Last month I announced the first of two inspirations for La Razza Di Trenta Nove.)

As another war was eminent in Europe, the United States was recovering from a financial disaster and dust bowl famine.  In response to these tensions the U.S. geared up its industrial and technology sectors in an effort to save the country from internal and external collapse.  These actions ultimately revived the economy, increased the U.S. GDP, funded new ideas in research and built the most powerful military force on the planet, but it was not without consequences to individuals. The United States raced against time as the axis of evil continued to expand as Germany and Japan showed no sign of giving in, until a new technology entered the scene.

Battle of The Races is inspired by “Batter My Heart” from John Adams Dr. Atomic.  This breath taking aria performed in baritone reveals the personal conflict Oppenheimer struggled with in the rush to create the first atomic bomb.  The ultra fast moving duo competitive scherzo is the essence of the Battle of The Races and in the ending pages of La Razza Di Trenta Nove it kept me in the surprising and climatic ending.  I was excited about translating Adam’s theme and energy from this section of his libretto into my story.   I highly recommend you experience both of these inspirations.

January 2016

January 2016  The First Inspiration. La Razza Di Trenta Nove. 

With just over 60 days away from the release of my new historical fiction thriller La Razza Di Trenta Nove, I am unveiling two inspirations for this novel.   La Razza Di Trenta Nove was born from my passion of early 20th century European history and the underpinnings of two world wars.  A great part of my fascination was the rise of power of Nazi Germany prior to World War II.  The Nazi SS, Storm Troopers, Kommandants and Gestapo ascended to cult status icons in the decades following the fall of Germany.  They were malevolent, depraved, evil and directly responsible for the murder of millions of people, most notably Jews and I wanted to include this in La Razza Di Trente Nove.  Writing “Krystallnaught” was important to me and difficult, until Henryk Górecki’s Symphony No. 3.  The soul stirring and spirit wrenching soprano pulls every note through me in a lento that keeps me in that moment of peril that seems to last forever, and this was before I understood the lyrics.  The text screams an urgent and impaling cry from a mother that stretches from the concentration camps of 1939 to now:

“Oh, you bad people….In the name of God, the most Holy…..Tell me, why?…..Why  did you kill my son!”

I am incredibly moved by the piece and from there I was able to complete ‘Kristallnacht’ inspired by Symphony No. 3 from Henryk Górecki.

December 2015

December 2015 Two colors divided by a series curves, strikes and dots.   As we go further down the digital road, e-books on the various digital platforms are continually evolving and grabbing a greater share of the publishing market, but how have these platforms affected the delivery of the story?  I asked some of my writer friends this question.  Most, like myself, discovered the bells and whistles of e-readers are a distraction from writing the story and they choose not to write for the platform feeling the multi-media aspects can easily sidetrack an e-book and suddenly the story becomes…. a text book.  I embrace the challenge of transcending and building a world built upon words.   For most writers it is about the story, how it is written and the language that takes the reader beyond the two dimensional constraints of the text on the page to a place of dreams and imaginations.  All of this with two colors divided by a series curves, strikes and dots.