Friday, September 13, 2013

Female Physicians of Color Join Disney Channel for “Doc McStuffins” Multi-City Health Tour

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Artemis Medical Society promotes health and wellness for Washington, DC area youth during upcoming Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 43rd Annual Legislative Conference

UPDATE (9.16.13):  This event has been canceled due to the ongoing police investigation in the Navy Yard area.  

The Artemis Medical Society, a nonprofit group of nearly 3000 physician women of color, have partnered with Disney/Disney Junior on a free health-focused multi-city tour for the cable network’s popular television show “Doc McStuffins.”  The show features six-year old Dottie McStuffins who wants to become a doctor like her mother by “fixing” toys with help from her stuffed animal friends.  The founders of Artemis Medical Society formed their group after seeing a reflection of themselves in “Doc McStuffins,” and today the group is comprised of members representing 39 states and more than 6 countries who serve, nurture and celebrate a global sisterhood of women physicians of color.  Through mentoring, networking and advocacy, the Society provides the foundation necessary to create a diverse physician workforce vital to our society.

On Tuesday, September 17th, the “Doc McStuffins” tour will stop in Washington, DC at The Yards Park where they will be greeted by Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls.  The community event will feature The Doc Mobile, a FREE event that invites kids ages 2-7 to perform a “check-up” on their own toys plus participate in other activities and health and wellness lessons that include five interactive stations located inside Doc’s Mobile Clinic.  Kids can play in “Stuffy’s Imagination Playground,” get active in “Doc’s Stretch & Flex” area, learn about the importance of drinking water at “Lenny’s Hydration Station” and understand how to create a healthy balanced plate at “Doc’s Picnic Time.”

These female physicians are using their goodwill to show that “Doc McStuffins” looks like us, and she lives in our communities.

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WHEN: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
WHERE: The Yards Park (Event Located on the East Side of the Park)
355 Water Street SE, Washington DC 20003
WHO: Artemis Medical Society founding members Dr. Myiesha Taylor, Dr. Deonza Thymes, Dr. Aletha Maybank and Dr. Vikisha Fripp-Vincent along with over 25 of their colleagues from Washington, D.C. and surrounding areas; Doc McStuffins and President Barack Obama’s Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett

Upcoming tour cities are Los Angeles, CA and Phoenix, AZ.

About Artemis Medical Society

The purpose of Artemis Medical Society, Inc. is to nurture women physicians of color and increase their visibility in society to serve as healthcare providers, care-givers, community leaders, mentors and role-models thereby increasing physician workforce diversity and diminishing healthcare disparities. Programs include raising social awareness about healthcare and preventative medicine in minority communities and internationally, an annual conference for women physicians of color to gather and discuss solutions for important issues in the field, and an academy for women of color who wish to become physicians to partner with members to learn the tools of leadership and success in the field.

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