September 20, 2017

Oct. 13 symposium on African-American women’s health at WSU School of Medicine

The Dr. Marjorie Peebles-Meyers Symposium on African-American Women’s Health will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Wayne State University School of Medicine.

Open to the public, the symposium topics will include “Aging Gracefully (How to Feel and Look Good),” “Human Trafficking,” “Pain Management,” “Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling,” “LGBT Community,” “Health Disparities in African-American Women” and “Red Flags in African-American Women’s Health.”

The majority of the presenters scheduled to speak at the symposium, to be held in the Green Auditorium of Gordon Scott Hall, are African-American female graduates of the Wayne State University School of Medicine. Speakers include LaQuandra Nesbitt, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Washington, D.C., Health Department; Cheryl Gibson Fountain, M.D., president of the Michigan State Medical Society; and Renee’ Jenkins Woodard, M.D., past-president of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The symposium is an opportunity to honor Dr. Peebles-Meyers’ contributions to medicine while addressing the disparities in medical outcomes experienced by African-American women. Helen Marjorie Peebles-Meyers, M.D., was the first African-American female graduate of the Wayne State University School of Medicine. After graduating in 1943, she became the first African-American female resident at Detroit Receiving Hospital, the first African-American chief resident at Detroit Receiving Hospital, the first African-American female appointed to the Wayne State University medical faculty and the first African-American female to join a private white medical practice in Detroit. After retiring, she began a second medical career as the first African-American female medical officer at Ford Motor Co. World Headquarters. Dr. Peebles-Meyers received many awards and honors, including induction into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame.

There is no charge to attend for medical residents, students and community members. The cost is $100 for physicians and $50 for nurses, social workers and other allied health professionals. Continuing Medical Education credits are available. Breakfast and lunch are included.

To register, visit For more information, call 313-577-8243 or email

The symposium is sponsored by the Wayne State University Department of Internal Medicine, the Wayne State University School of Medicine Post-Baccalaureate Program/Black Medical Association Alumni Steering Committee and the Detroit Medical Society.


Phil Van Hulle
Phone: (313) 577-6943