Washington, D.C. – This morning, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) held its annual Community Breakfast and Health Fair, with spouses of the Congressional Black Caucus serving meals – and healthcare professionals offering free critical healthcare screenings and services – to low-income and unhoused residents of the District.
Sponsored by Bristol Myers Squibb, the Breakfast is a key calendar event at the CBCF’s Annual Legislative Conference (ALC). Now in its 52nd year, the ALC’s theme for 2023 is “Securing Our Democracy. Protecting Our Freedoms. Uplifting Our Culture.,” the conference is hosting a range of thought-provoking policy discussions, collaborative brainstorming on policy solutions, and purposeful action for attendees to apply in their communities.
The Community Breakfast offers a tangible example of this thinking being put into practice, with healthcare professionals providing mammograms, prostrate testing, mental health counseling, vaccinations, and dermatology. Breakfast was provided by DC Central Kitchen, and haircuts were also offered.
CBCF President and CEO, Nicole Austin-Hillery said, “Charting a pathway toward progress is a core goal of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference, and the Community Breakfast is an example of us putting that ethos into action. We thank the spouses of the Congressional Black Caucus for leading by example, and for their help in supporting the local community.”
Wendy Short Bartie, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Hematology and Cell Therapy at Bristol Myers Squibb, said, “Promoting healthy communities by addressing health disparities and ensuring access to care is critical to our mission to serve patients and communities. We are happy to provide these services for the District again this year, support the local community and partner with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation for this longstanding event.”
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The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the global Black community by developing leaders, informing policy, and educating the public. Established in 1976, CBCF is committed to creating and maintaining an equitable society for all. To learn more, visit cbcfinc.org.