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‘A Call to Women of Color’ happening September 17 at Genesee Valley Park

Women and girls of color are invited to the annual A Call to Women of Color, which focuses on empowering women and girls of color to engage in conversation and promote healthy living among women. Admission is free to the event, which takes place from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Roundhouse Pavilion, Genesee Valley Park, Rochester.

The keynote speaker at the event is Monroe County Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Thalia Wright, the first Afro-Latina commissioner in Monroe County history. Featured performers during the day include Kijana and Doretha Crues; Star; Rochester Latino Theater Company; Summer Reyes, singer; Voices of the Streets; Elani Spencer, poet; Leniese and Maryam Scott, poetry and sharing art; TayPaul, Extreme Hip Hop Trainer; Patricia Cathey, singer, will perform.

Throughout the day, Monroe County Department of Public Health will offer FREE HIV testing, COVID vaccinations, COVID booster shots targeting Omicron variants, and Hepatitis C Rapid Testing. Common Ground Health’s Faith and Healthy Lifestyles program and Interdenominational Health Ministry Coalition will offer free blood pressure screenings.


Organized by women of color for women of color, the event also features a diverse group of vendors, including female entrepreneurs, crafters and nonprofits sharing information.

The Common Ground Health event is sponsored by the Black Agenda Group, Black Women’s Leadership Forum, Coordinated Care Services, Inc., Ibero American Action League, Interdenominational Health Ministry Coalition, Empire Justice Center, Fidelis Care, Foodlink, Healthy Baby Network, Monroe County Office of Mental Health, Rochester Latino Theater Company, Rochester Regional Health, the Rochester Victory Alliance, Trillium Health, Ubuntu Village Works, LLC., University of Rochester School of Nursing, YWCA of Rochester & Monroe County.



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