Cynthia Perry Ray Foundation members address the audience during the Jan. 2018 women’s conference. (Courtesy photo)

Healthy living, educational enrichment and societal inequities will be some of the topics highlighted at the “Sistahs, Can We Talk” Women’s Conference.

The symposium, hosted by the Cynthia Perry Ray Foundation (CPR) Witness 2 Fitness Health and Wellness Outreach, takes place on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and a range of speakers will be on hand to share insight into improving the health of women of all ages.

“Our goal with this conference is to create an uplifting, enlightening experience for those in attendance, to empower them to take hold of their own well-being, both mental and physical, and to educate the ways that they can take control and be proactive,” explained Dr. Kathye Jenkins, CPR founder, who added that the agenda includes door prizes during the program and a $100 Visa card prize to be awarded at the end of the conference.

Several presenters from the City of Hope (COH) research center will be on hand including Dr. Kimlin Ashing, founding director of the Center of Community Alliance for Research and Education and a professor Department of Population Sciences; Dr. Loretta Erhunmwunsee, an assistant professor with the Division of Thoracic Surgery; and Dr. Veronica C. Jones, an assistant clinical professor and breast surgeon in the Division of Surgical Oncology.

Other panelist include Cynthia Davis, MPH, a professor at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science and vice chairman of the Aids Healthcare Foundation; Ernesta Wright, MA, of The GREEN Foundation; and Pastor Rhonda Santifer of the Celebrate Life Cancer Ministry.

Insisting that women will learn a lot by participating, Jenkins said, “When people are educated on prevention, treatment and survivorship of catastrophic diseases along with knowing their rights when it comes to healthcare rights, the disparities that have been experienced for too long can start diminishing.

“The goal of addressing inequities is to achieve the opposite outcome: health equity. Ideally, everyone should have the opportunity to reach their full health potential regardless of their religious beliefs and/or socioeconomic circumstances. Sickness and disease do not discriminate and achieving health equity is an issue of human rights and should be regarded with compassion and love,” she added.

The conference is free and open to women ages 18 and up. However, pre-registration, which includes materials and lunch, is required by Jan. 7. To pre-register or learn more, visit Sistahs Can We Talk on Eventbrite, email [email protected] or call (310) 531-8942.