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Parkinson's Disease and the African American Community: Part 2

Harris Conference Center
3216 CPCC Harris Campus Dr.
Charlotte, NC 28208
Virtual ( Zoom )
11:00 am to 2:00 pm EST
Multigenerational African American family sits together on a couch

Join us for Part 2 of this two-part series. Together, we will learn more about Parkinson’s disease and the importance of early diagnosis and intervention. Participants will hear from community members and experts on how Parkinson’s can impact mental wellness and explore resources and support on how to navigate changes. We will also explore how faith and spirituality play a role in the way communities and individuals approach their health and healing.

*Participants will have an opportunity to participate in genetic testing for Parkinson’s disease and contribute to research.

COVID SAFETY: We’re closely monitoring the coronavirus pandemic and following all local and state regulations for your health and safety. For the safety of the Parkinson’s community, we’re asking our participants to follow city and state guidelines regarding mask usage and social distancing safety protocols. Changes to the event date and location may be made, if necessary. Thank you for doing your part to help protect our community!

Featured Speakers

Pastor Samantha Dowdy, Higher Dimensions Ministries

Ivorie Walker, PsyD, Atrium Health

Reversa R Joseph MD, MS, Chalmers P Wylie Veterans Administration

Expert Panelists

Sarah Westmoreland, PT, Atrium Health

Kara Simon-Kuhn, SLP, Atrium Health

Jamie Schmidt, OTR, Atrium Health

People with Parkinson's and Care Partner Panelists

Phil Gee, Person with Parkinson’s

Julia Gee, Care Partner

Barbara Monroe, Care Partner

Greg Monroe, Person with Parkinson’s

Alharvey Parker, Person with Parkinson’s


Juanita Pharr, Parkinson’s Foundation

There is no charge to attend, but registration is required. This program is open to people with Parkinson's, their family, friends and the community.

To watch Part 1 of this program series, please click on the video below:

The Parkinson's Foundation is grateful for the unwavering support of our Program Sponsors. We invite you to view our full list of sponsors and learn more about them by visiting our Chapter page.

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