Northwest African American Museum, in Partnership with Swedish, to Open Exhibit Featuring More Than

Northwest African American Museum, in Partnership with Swedish, to Open Exhibit Featuring More Than 100 Local African American Health-Care Professionals

SEATTLE, Oct. 22, 2010 -- The Northwest African American Museum in partnership with Swedish is opening a new exhibition titled, 'Checking Our Pulse: Health and Healers in the African American Community.'

The exhibit is a first-of-its-kind display designed to:

  • CELEBRATE African American medical professionals in our community
  • RAISE AWARENESS about universal health issues that disproportionately affect the African American community such as breast cancer, mother and infant health, HIV/AIDS, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
  • And ENCOURAGE ACTION by recommending positive decisions and actions to improve individual, family and community health for African Americans.


Exhibit opens Friday, Oct. 29, 2010 and runs through June 5, 2011


Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S Massachusetts St, Seattle WA 98144.  Parking is free.


Checking Our Pulse will feature more than 100 African American medical professionals in the Pacific Northwest including:

  • Dr. John Vassall, Chief Medical Officer, Swedish
  • Etta Williams, Breast Center Outreach Specialist, Swedish
  • Charlotte Foster, Chief Nurse, Swedish Physician Division
  • Dr. Ben Danielson, Medical Director, Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic
  • Dr. Frederica Overstreet, UW Department of Family Medicine
  • Bertram Johnson, MultiFaith Works (HIV, AIDS Prevention & treatment)
  • Devon Love, Project Director, Center for Multicultural Health
  • Frankie Manning, Nurse, Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Organization


Admission rates -- Adults: $6, Students and seniors: $4, children: (5 and under) free

More Information

For more information, call Northwest African American Museum at 206-518-6000 or visit the 'Checking Our Pulse' exhit page on the NAAM Web site.


News media can contact Drew Symonds (206-343-1542; to coordinate interviews with any of the individuals featured in the exhibit or NAAM Deputy Director Brian J. Carter (206-518-6000;


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