Pine Bluff Links, United Methodist Women to host health forum


The Health and Human Services Facet of the Pine Bluff Chapter The Links Inc., will partner with the United Methodist Women of St. Luke United Methodist Church to present a health forum from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the fellowship hall of the church at 32 School St.

The forum will focus on colorectal cancer, breast cancer and diabetes. Lunch will be served. There is no charge for the forum and the public is invited to attend.

The guest presenter will be Dr. Kimbra A. Bell of Chicago. A native of the Pine Bluff/White Hall area, Bell currently practices internal medicine with the Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and is an assistant professor in the Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. Active in the Northwestern Hospital and Medical School community, she serves on the Hospital Medical Executive Committee, and formerly served on the Medical School Admissions and Interview committees.

Bell is an ambassador with the American Cancer Society and has spoken on topics including, but not limited to, breast cancer, cervical cancer, smoking cessation, colorectal cancer screening and women’s health.

Bell served as president of the State Society of the National Medical Association (NMA) from 2004-2012 and serves as a delegate to the National Convention annually. She is a member of Humana Physician/Provider Consultation committee. Additionally, she is a member of the executive committee of the Cook County Physicians Association, the local society of the NMA of which she was past vice-president. A member of her alma mater, Meharry Medical College Board of Management, Bell serves as president-elect of the Meharry Medical College National Alumni Association.

She is a valedictorian graduate of White Hall High School and received a bachelor of science degree in microbiology from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1992. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., and the Chicago Illinois Chapter of The Links Inc. She is the daughter of James R. and Josephine C. Bell.

Nadyne Aikman is president of the United Methodist Women.

The Links Inc., is a premier women’s organization of more than 12,000 professional women of color in 276 chapters who are influential decision makers, opinion leaders, and dedicated volunteers, committed to enriching and sustaining the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry.

Eva McGee serves as president of the Pine Bluff chapter, which was chartered in 1969. Cheryl Broughton is the chairman of the Health and Human Services facet.