Roslyn Y. Daniels

Founder & President
Black Health Matters

Black Health Matters is pleased to work with Close the Gap to create the ultimate educational program on heart disease and healthy living. Our collaboration offers a fresh take on managing chronic disease in the age of Covid-19.

Our Summit is anchored by some of the best and brightest in medicine for optimal learnings and affirmations. Our community stakeholders are the foundation in which this program is built. Detroit’s civic minded churches in addition to fraternities, sororities enable Detroit residents to build an inclusive culture of health.

This program is free and open to the public so that thousands will benefit from the empowerment and inspiration that this program will provide.

Camille Chang Gilmore

Vice President, HR & Global Chief Diversity Officer

Welcome to the Close the Gap Virtual Health Summit, sponsored by Boston Scientific and Black Health Matters! We are so glad you are here! This event was developed to provide you with access to insights and advice from the best physicians and community partners from Detroit who are committed to empowering you to be advocates for health – for yourself and your community #BlackHealthMatters.

Long before COVID-19, we have known that health disparities disproportionately shortened the lives of Black people. The devastating effects from the pandemic, combined with the collective outcry for long overdue social change, are a call to action for us to dismantle the barriers that we face as a community. At Boston Scientific, a leading medical device manufacturer, our goal is to provide you with the awareness, educational materials, and connections to empower you to be a powerful advocate for your own health and for the health of your loved ones. Through our Close the Gap initiative, we are committed to equipping you with the information that you need to #FightForHealthEquity.

It is our pleasure to be partnering with Black Health Matters to bring this valuable information to you. It is our sincere hope that you take advantage of this unique opportunity to connect with healthcare providers, community leaders, health and wellness experts who are here, focused on you! Thank you for coming!

  • Advocating for Your Health
  • COVID-19 
  • Diabetes
  • Exercise & Nutrition
  • Healthy Cooking
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Health
  • Hypertension
  • Know The Signs of Having a Heart Attack
  • Long Term Effects of Heart Disease
  • Mental Health
  • Weight Loss


John Houston Smith



Chef Maxcel Hardy

Restaurateur, Creator of Chef Max Designs,Philanthropist & Founder

Chadi Alraies, MD, MPH, FACCInterventional Cardiologist DETROIT MEDICAL CENTER
Mir Babar Basir, DO, FACC, FSCAI Director, STEM1 Program and Director of the Acute Mechanical Circulatory Support Program HENRY FORD HEALTH SYSTEM
Odis Bellinger, MA, LLPC Licensed Clinical Therapist, Motivational Speaker, Founder & Director BUILDING BETTER MEN
Kevin "K.L." Belvin Crisis Counselor & Owner BRAVIN CONSULTANTS, LLC
Rita Coram, MD, FACC Board Certified Interventional Cardiology, Cardiovascular Medicine and Internal Medicine BEAUMONT
Franco Fazzalari, MD Board Certified Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgeon BEAUMONT
Brittany Fuller, MD, FACC, FASE Interventional Cardiology Edith and Benson Ford Heart and Vascular Institute HENRY FORD HEALTH SYSTEM
Victor Katch Professor Emeritus, Kinesiology & Executive Vice President FITNESS TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
Madhumitha Krishnamoorthy, MD Family Medicine / Diabetes DETROIT MEDICAL CENTER
Bridget A. Leonard, DNP, RN Life Skills Coach & CEO BRIDGET LEONARD ENTERPRISES, LLC
Ijeoma Nnodim Opara, MD, FAAP Co-Founder Director, Wayne State University Global Health Alliance & Co-Creator/Co-Director Global Urban Health & Equity Curriculum WAYNE HEALTH
Delano R. Small, MD, FACC Chief of Cardiology ASCENSION
Dennis Treece, DOFamily Practice DETROIT MEDICAL CENTER
Paul Underwood, MD Medical Director, Interventional Cardiology Division BOSTON SCIENTIFIC
Kimberlydawn Wisdom, MD, MS Senior Vice President of Community Health & Equity and Chief Wellness and Diversity Officer HENRY FORD HEALTH SYSTEM
Michael Wood, MD Bariatric Surgeon DETROIT MEDICAL CENTER
Kenton Zehr, MD Cardiothoracic Surgeon DETROIT MEDICAL CENTER
Audrey Gregory, PhD Chief Executive Officer DETROIT MEDICAL CENTER
10:00 AM - 10:10 AM

Welcome Messages

Roslyn Y. Daniels
Camille Chang Gilmore
10:15 AM - 10:45 AM

Healthy Heart Workout with GrindTime Fitness

John Houston Smith
10:50 AM - 11:20 AM

Hypertension and Heart Disease

Brittany Fuller, MD, FACC, FASE
11:25 AM - 11:55 AM

A Candid Conversation about Exercise & Nutrition

Victor Katch
John Houston Smith
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Know The Signs of Having a Heart Attack

Delano R. Small, MD, FACC
12:35 PM - 1:15 PM

Meet The Experts: Detroit Medical Center

Chadi Alraies, MD, MPH, FACC / Impact of Heart Disease in the African American Community
Madhumitha Krishnamoorthy, MD / Diabetes and Heart Disease
Dennis Treece, DO / The Effects of Hypertension on Heart Health
Michael Wood, MD / Heart Health through Weight Management and Nutrition
Kenton Zehr, MD / Maintaining your Heart Health during a Pandemic
1:20 PM - 1:50 PM

Healthy Cooking Demonstration with Chef Maxcel Hardy

Chef Maxcel Hardy
1:55 PM - 2:25 PM

What You Should Know About Clinical Trials

Paul Underwood, MD
Roslyn Y. Daniels
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Rita Coram, MD, FACC
Franco Fazalari, MD
3:05 PM - 3:35 PM

How to Become an Advocate for Your Health

Ijeoma Nnodim Opara, MD, FAAP
3:40 PM - 4:00 PM

Mir Babar Basir, DO, FACC, FSCAI
4:05 PM - 4:35 PM

Mental Health: "Black Mindsets Matter!!!"

Odis Bellinger, MA, LLPC (Moderator)
Keith "K.L." Belvin
Tammara Kamei
Bridget Leonard, PhD
Richard Winfrey
4:40 PM - 5:00 PM

Covid-19 & The Flu

Kimberlydawn Wisdom, MD, MS
5:00 PM - 5:10 PM

Closing Remarks & Announcement of Leaderboard Contest Winners

African Americans are experiencing some of the greatest healthcare challenges of our time. The goal of Close the Gap (Boston Scientific’s Health Equity initiative), is to help you get access to the quality healthcare that you may need but might not be getting today. During this summit, we are committed to equipping you with information to help you #FightForHealthEquity.
At Black Health Matters, we have worked to educate and uplift the African American community with health and wellness information that empowers. Now more than ever #BlackHealthMatters is the rally cry we need to fight for healthcare equality.
Now is the time to reaffirm that our health matters as we arm you with resources, and information, to move forward during and beyond the age of Covid-19.
Connect & engage with local, passionate, world class healthcare leaders and advocates that will provide you with education, resources, tools and the answers to your health questions in your journey to better health and care.
Uplifting sessions covering Health & Wellness, Heart Disease, Covid-19, Diversity in Clinical Trials, Mental Health, Weight Loss and so much more. Join us, ask questions, network and be inspired by those who care about what is important to you and your well-being, at this important health summit created for Blacks and African Americans in Detroit and beyond. #BlackHealthMatters