Mayo’s Dr. LaPrincess Brewer to appear on Essence COVID-19 summit to address health disparities

Courtesy of Essence

The cases of COVID-19 continue to mount in the U.S., ravaging the health care system and economy, and recking disproportionate havoc to African Americans, in particular. Essence Magazine is aiming to fight these disparities by hosting the “Essence Wellness House — a Virtual Summit: At War With COVID-19 and Health Inequities” on May 8.

The all-day online benefit will bring together leaders in various fields to connect viewers to resources in healthcare, nutrition, finances, grief, and trauma, as well as offer hope through COVID-19 survivor stories.

Among the distinguished guests appearing on the summit will be Dr. LaPrincess Brewer of the Mayo Clinic. Brewer is a board-certified cardiologist and assistant professor within the Mayo Clinic Department of Cardiovascular Medicine—the first African American woman cardiologist on the Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN staff.

Dr. Brewer is set to appear in the “Operation Serve: How to Serve Your Community Now” segment to share healthy heart insight and talk about her FAITH program, a partnership between Mayo Clinic and African American churches to promote cardiovascular health and wellness. The segment takes place from 1:10 to 1:40 pm CST.

Joining Brewer will be notable figures in the medical field such as Dr. Lisa Cooper, director of John Hopkins Center for Health Equity, entertainment figures such as actress Taraji P. Henson, and Gospel star Kierra Clark Sheard, and leaders in the faith communities like Dr. A.R. Bernard of Christian Cultural Center in New York, and faith-based therapist and healer Dr. Anita Phillips.

“Wellness House – a Virtual Summit: At War With COVID-19 and Health Inequities” takes place from 6 am – 4 pm CST on Friday, May 8. The summit is free but registration is required at