Ambassador on Black Women's Menopause Health Joins RHM Advisory Board PDF Print
Written by Karen Giblin, Founder and President Red Hot Mamas   
Monday, 30 January 2012 10:42

Verna Brooks McKenzie MB., BS., FACOG, NCMPEven though we lived hundreds of miles apart, in different parts of the world, fate brought us together. It was by chance that we met one another, but when we did, we discovered our passions were alike. It is with pleasure that Red Hot Mamas announces our new Ambassador on Black Women's Menopausal Health, Dr. Verna Brooks McKenzie who has joined our Medical Advisory Board. Together, we recognize the health disparities that affect Black women.

Through our grassroots efforts and our educational channels - Red Hot Mamas Menopause Education Programs and website www.redhotmamas.org, we will provide a blueprint for a healthier menopause transition to Black women within the US. We recognize that health disparities exist among this special population of women and these differences sometimes create greater health risks. We hope our pearls of wisdom will provide the framework of guidance and resources to help Black women better prepare for the menopause transition.

We will provide information on both short term and long term consequences of menopause, the facts about hysterectomy, surgical menopause, treatment of menopausal symptoms, and the role of diet, nutrition and exercise programs in health promotion. This is being done in an effort to stop disease before it starts. It is our belief that prevention trumps cure and reduces long-term medical costs. We will also address diseases that are more prevalent among Black women, their causes and top prevention strategies, review important medical tests for Black women before and during menopause, help these women assemble menopause resources, education and support programs. With this knowledge, they can communicate better with their healthcare providers who will assist in making informed decisions which will enable them to lead healthy, productive lives at menopause and beyond.

I hope you share our enthusiasm about Dr. Verna Brooks McKenzie who has been called a "phenomenal woman" by the Jamaica Gleaner and you will welcome her into the Red Hot Mamas community.

Verna Brooks McKenzie MB.,BS., FACOG, NCMP is an Obstetrician and Gynecologist / Certified Menopause Practitioner with over seventeen years of experience in training, lecturing and public speaking on women’s reproductive health issues internationally including Ghana West Africa. She is a pioneer in women’s health and founded the first Menopause Center and Osteoporosis Society in Jamaica.

She was Adviser to the Jamaican Government at meetings of the Commission for the Status of Women, United Nations Headquarters, New York, the 1995 United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing China and as an expert she participated in a consultation on reproductive health and family planning, United Nations Population Fund Headquarters, New York and the menopause movie “Hot Flash Havoc”. She has written many articles on women’s health and is a guest on numerous radio and television programs.

In recognition of her outstanding, excellent and distinguished service in the field of women's health, she received many awards including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists West Indies Section Award and the Ardenne Alumni Hall of Fame Award.

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