In her pharmacy practice, Dr. Angela Adams has observed, and has firsthand knowledge of, the impact of health disparities. For more than 25 years Dr. Adams has addressed disproportionate health burdens by working with and engaging underserved populations to take a proactive role in decreasing the health disparities in their communities. She has been actively engaged in focused efforts, developing initiatives that address and help eliminate health disparities. As a pharmacist she has participated in health disparities research, provided health advocacy trainings, and organized outreach health promotion events. Her inspiration for action came professionally and personally. Professionally, she saw the need for culturally tailored health education programs for underserved populations and, personally, she watched a family member die prematurely from prostate cancer due to a lack of understanding of the disease and fear of treatment.
As a result, she organized the first Black Men’s Health Summit in Orlando, Florida over 20 years ago to educate African American men and other minorities about their risks for prostate cancer, the importance of early detection, and understanding treatment options. Over the span of twenty years since its inception, more than 50,000 men have attended this event. Along with free prostate cancer screenings, they offered screening for oral cancer, heart disease, kidney disease, HIV, blood pressure, diabetes, hearing, vision, mental health, lung function, and colon cancer. The Summits also offered interactive health promotion workshops.
Her dedication to educating minority groups about health challenges specific to them didn’t stop there. Dr. Adams also organized the Crossing Bridges: Hip Hop Teen Health Summits that were held in conjunction with the Black Men’s Health Summits. Crossing Bridges attracted more than 2,000 teenage boys.
She was awarded a grant from the Florida Department of Health to launch the Health Outreach & Prevention Education (HOPE) Training Academy which trained others to help decrease health disparities. She also developed a program that teaches teen boys the importance of nutrition and one for seniors that teaches them to manage their medications safely. On top of all that, she is the author of nine editions of the African American Health and Resource Directory that has been distributed to 100,000 households in the Central Florida Community.