Abbott Signs Magic Johnson for Health Initiative
April 10, 2006
On Monday in Chicago, Abbott Laboratories Inc. and the Magic Johnson Foundation will launch a 10-city, multi-year tour to address HIV and other health disparities affecting minority communities, the drug maker announced Friday. The educational partnership will target high-prevalence cities with the retired basketball legend's story about living with HIV, and it will offer free HIV, blood pressure and glucose screenings. "Minority communities are faced with challenging health obstacles as a result of social and cultural factors but we can change that," Johnson stated in the press release. "I am thrilled to be teaming up with Abbott to make a difference and build awareness among vulnerable populations about health risks to which they may be socially disadvantaged, to share my personal story, and to have an open dialogue about important health facts that must not be overlooked."
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.