The My Hair My Health PDX! annual event consists of panel presentations, documentary screenings, vendors, workshops, food sampling, and physical activity demonstrations.
My Hair, My Health PDX! was adapted from San Bernardino County Public Health Department’s My Hair My Health Conference. The aim is for local organizations to work collectively and use hair and practices as the platform to increase physical activity and fruit and vegetable consumption among black women.
In the summer of 2016, the My Hair My Health PDX! planning Committee formed, consisting of representatives from Oregon State University Extension Services, Oregon Department of Education, and Oregon Health Authority. Beginning in the winter of 2017, the Planning Committee partnered with Sah’Rah Stylz to host Salon Pop Up Tours at several Portland-metro black salons. These events brought black women together to discuss ways to incorporate healthy eating and physical activity into their lives.
The mission of My Hair My Health PDX! is to produce events that inform and inspire black women and their families.