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WSW: Racism Affecting Blacks' Well-Being, Says Dr. Arthur James

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A new conference exploring African-American mental health issues opens on Thursday, May 2 in Kalamazoo. Maternal and infant health expert Dr. Arthur James is one of the two keynote speakers at the daylong Breaking the Stigma: African-American Mental Health Symposium. He specializes in the role of race in health disparities, especially black infant mortality.

James gives WMUK's Earlene McMichael an advance peek of some of his discussion topics on the WestSouthwest news and public affairs show airing on Monday, April 29 at 7:34 a.m., 9:34 a.m. and 4:20 p.m. (Click on the icon to listen now.)  

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Now living in Columbus, Ohio, James, an obstetrician and gynecologist, had once been medical director for the Family Health Center in Kalamazoo. He has also been a medical director for Bronson and Borgess hospitals in the women's health areas.

The African-American Mental Health Symposium is set for 8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m. May 2 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Kalamazoo. It includes two keynote addresses, six workshops, and a panel discussion. Advance registration is required to attend.  

Shorter interview with Dr. Arthur James

The event is hosted by the Portage-based Greater Faith Empowerment Center's GFM The Synergy Center, in cooperation with Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

The Kalamazoo Community Foundation and the United Way of the Kalamazoo and Battle Creek Region are also sponsors.

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Earlene McMichael was WMUK's local host of NPR's Morning Edition from August 2012 through October 2021. A former, long-time Kalamazoo Gazette editor, reporter, and columnist, she was a news anchor at WHCU-FM when it was owned by Cornell University, her alma mater.
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