TV personality and executive producer Terrence J (Jenkins) will join nearly 500 health care professionals as he kicks off a Symposium on pulmonary hypertension (PH), a progressive, deadly disease often misdiagnosed, for example, as asthma. Terrence J, who suffers from an unrelated rare disease, knows firsthand the importance of raising awareness and the need for spreading more information about less common illnesses, especially diseases like PH, where awareness is could be a life or death matter.
Organizers of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) 2017 PH Professional Network (PHPN) Symposium are spreading the word about the event with the hope of advancing care for patients worldwide. Since 2003, PHA has hosted the Symposium, held every other year, to bring together nurses and other health care professionals who specialize in caring for PH patients to enhance communication, professional development, research and education to improve the quality of care for people living with PH. This year’s Symposium, Navigating the Future: Individualizing Patient Care in the Face of Increasing Complex Treatment Options, takes place Thursday, Oct. 5 to Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. Terrence J will join the group Thursday, where he will make introductory remarks at the opening banquet.
In addition to kicking off Symposium, Terrence J, who also made an appearance at PHA’s 2017 International PH Conference and Scientific Sessions, will meet PH professionals and record photos and video for PHA’s upcoming awareness month campaign. As celebrity ambassador for PHA, for the second year, Terrence J appears in a digital public service announcement (PSA) awareness campaign that includes a YouTube video that has received more than 75,000 views in a little more than one month. He also uses his social media platform to encourage his fans, as well as other influencers and celebrities, to become a part of the fight.
Terrence J’s Oct. 5 appearance for PHA comes at a busy time in his career. Under a deal with MTV and VH1, Terrence J is hosting a variety of taped and live shows, including the recently announced MTV comedy game show, Safeword, for which his Jenkins Entertainment Group will executive produce and develop original content. He recently appeared as the lead actor in The Perfect Match (Lionsgate/Codeblack Films), a romantic comedy produced by Queen Latifah and Flavor Unit. He also hosted the Mark Burnett-produced unscripted dating show,Coupled. Terrence J gained fame as an entertainment host, first with BET’s 106 & Park and later with E! News.