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Metropolitan Baptist Church Men’s Health EXPO: A Commitment to Health and Wellness in the Black and Brown Community

Updated: Jun 21

Photography by Anthony Swint, New Line Up Photography

Enlightenment, Empowerment, and Engagement: Improving Men's Health and Wellness Together

In an inspiring and impactful event held during Men’s Health Month, Pastor David Jefferson Sr. of the Metropolitan Baptist Church took a bold step towards enhancing the health and wellness of Black and Brown men by hosting the 2024 Men’s Health Expo. This significant event, themed “We Are Our Brother’s Keeper,” took place on June 15th, 2024, and addressed critical health issues through a holistic approach focused on the mind, body, and spirit.

A Commitment to Preventive Care

The Men’s Health Expo was dedicated to proactive and preventive care for Black and Brown men, emphasizing the importance of early intervention and continuous health management. The event was designed to be accessible to all, with free admission ensuring that everyone in the community had the opportunity to benefit from the valuable information and resources provided.

Distinguished Speakers and Partners

The Expo featured an impressive lineup of speakers and partners, each bringing their unique expertise and insights to the event. Notable participants included:

  • Mayor Ras Baraka, Newark, New Jersey

  • Mayor Eric Adams, New York City

  • Representatives from Choose Healthy Life

  • Aetna

  • RWJ Barnabas Health

  • Quest Diagnostics

  • Area doctors and physicians, including Newark’s own Dr. Sampson Davis of the Three Doctors

These esteemed speakers and organizations underscored the event's importance and the collective commitment to improving men's health in our community.

Metro’s Barbershop Talk: Conversations That Matter

A highlight of the Expo was "Metro’s Barbershop Talk: A Conversation on the Body, Mind, and Spirit." This session, facilitated by a general practitioner, tackled vital topics such as trauma, mental health, stress management, substance abuse, weight management, hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and cancers (prostate and colon). These discussions were crucial in breaking down barriers and stigmas associated with men's health issues, particularly in the Black and Brown communities.

Engaging and Interactive Sessions

The Expo offered a variety of engaging and interactive sessions, including:

  • Keynote Speakers and Fireside Chats: Providing valuable insights and personal stories that resonated with the attendees.

  • Health Tips and Essential Resources: Equipping participants with the knowledge and tools needed to make informed health decisions.

  • Live Healthy Cooking Demonstration: Teaching practical skills for a healthy lifestyle through nutritious cooking.

A Community United for Health

The 2024 Men’s Health Expo was more than just an event; it was a movement towards enlightenment, empowerment, and engagement in the Black and Brown communities. By bringing together community leaders, healthcare professionals, and residents, the Expo fostered a supportive environment where men could openly discuss their health concerns and learn how to take proactive steps towards a healthier future.

Pastor David Jefferson Sr. and the Metropolitan Baptist Church have set a powerful example of community leadership and commitment to health and wellness. The success of the Men’s Health Expo is a testament to what can be achieved when we unite with a shared purpose: improving the lives of our brothers.

For more information on future events and health resources, visit Metropolitan Baptist Church’s website.

Let’s continue to be our brother’s keeper and strive for a healthier, stronger community together.

Videography courtesy of Michael Freeman


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