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Stacie B. Royster
Media Relations Manager

The Washington Post and Howard University Students Host Forum
 on Health Disparities

Washington, D.C., March 29, 2006 – The Washington Post in conjunction with students from the John H. Johnson School of Communications will host a health forum entitled “Prevention is the Best Medicine” on Thursday, March 30 at 3 p.m. at the studios of Howard University’s WHUT-TV.

For over three decades, The Washington Post and Howard University have fostered an enduring partnership with the forum series in its sixth year. This year’s forum will address health disparities such as high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes which disproportionately affect the African-American community with particular focus on preventive and treatment methods.

The forum will be moderated by Washington Post health staff writer January Payne and panelists will include Dr. Thomas Gaiter, medical director, Howard University Hospital; Ceci Connolly, national health staff writer, The Washington Post; and National Institutes of Health (NIH) expert Dr. Griffin Rodgers, acting director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).

Howard University advertising and public relations students as a course practicum conducted the health disparity research and are the principal organizers of the event under the tutelage of Dr. Robert Olins. Together with The Washington Post, Howard University is committed to education and leadership for America and the Global Community.

Howard University is one of 48 U.S. private, Doctoral/Research-Extensive universities and comprises 12 schools and colleges. Founded in 1867, students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, a Truman Scholar, seven Fulbright Scholars and nine Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D.s than any other university in the world. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University’s Web site at



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