Baraza Health Gathering coming this weekend

Tips for physical, mental and emotional well-being are the learned subjects that will fill the air at the upcoming Third Annual Baraza: “A Black Woman’s Health Gathering!” The event will be held Saturday, October 10, 2015, 8 am to 4 pm, at Saint Paul College, 235 Marshall Avenue, St. Paul.

The Baraza Gathering is dedicated to presenting important health information to Black women. Since 2012, the event has been promoted by the African American Leadership Forum’s (AALF) Health Wellness Work Group. Sponsored by HealthPartners, Medtronic and Northpoint Health and Wellness Center, this conference has annually attracted over 250 Black women who come together to focus on ways to improve their personal health and well-being.

“Baraza started with a simple premise: Make available to every woman the health resources she needs to live a healthy, active and long life,” said Ramsey County Commissioner Toni Carter, Baraza co-chair. “At the same time, we wanted to educate each woman about the importance of preventative health measures.”

Featured keynote speaker Linda Goler Blount, president & CEO of Black Women’s Health Imperative, will give attendees expert advice on how Black women can achieve health equity, reproductive and social justice across their lifespan. And, since resiliency is said to be a key to managing stress, change and crisis, an expert panel of renown medical doctors will share their tips on how attendees can answer the question: How Resilient Are You?

There also will be breakout sessions, vendors, the Community Health Van, and a continental breakfast and lunch. Between all of these featured highlights, Baraza will be an event that Black women will not want to miss.

Lifestyle changes are the key to Baraza and its future success. This event is just one of many efforts AALF has in place within the community to help Black women achieve their health goals.

Through its strategic efforts, AALF has brought together a diverse cross-sector network of community leaders who work together to find solutions that promote a vibrant and sustainable community in the Twin Cities area. The primary goal of AALF has been, and will be, to achieve a just and healthy society that works equally well for everyone.


For more information or to register, go to, visit their website at, or call 651-428-8537.

Information courtesy of the African American Leadership Forum