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Release Date: Friday, May 24, 2013 4:00 PM
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A One-Day Symposium Focusing on Disparities in U.S. Health Care
April 10, 2012

Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD)
Keynote Speaker 


WASHINGTON (March 9, 2012) - With funds donated by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and support of the University’s Time Warner Endowment, Howard University’s Initiative on Democracy, Markets, Communication and Technology (IDMCT) will hold its 2012 Symposium on U.S. Health Care on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM at the Armour J. Blackburn Center, 2397 6th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. The forum offers attendees an opportunity to hear discussions from key decision makers about proposed solutions to health issues of national significance to African Americans and other multicultural communities including Congressman Elijah Cummings, who will address the forum on the topic of Medical and Policy Issues Surrounding U.S. Health Care.

Elijah Cummings

Featured speakers include Dr. Harold P. Freedman, Founder of the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention, Dr. Brian Smedley, Vice President and Director of the Health Policy Institute of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Mr. Larry Warren, CEO, Howard University Hospital, Dr. Mohammed Akhter, Director, DC Department of Health. CNN Anchor, Fredericka Whitfield will moderate the one-day conference.

Coordinated by a campus-wide team and led by the University’s School of Communications, in partnership with WHUT-TV, and the Howard University Radio Network, the symposium’s additional speakers will be from the School of Communications; Howard University Hospital; the Colleges of Medicine; Engineering; Architecture and Computer Sciences; the School of Social Work; and School of Nursing and Allied Health. Speakers will share their understandings, research findings, and beliefs about health issues and the disparities that face ethnically diverse Americans. The symposium targets three specific topics of importance to underserved communities including:

Fredericka Whitfield

Communication Issues: Patient Navigation– Addresses disparities in access to treatment, and offers solutions on how to assist medically underserved patients in navigating their way through a complex heath system.

Technology Issues– Offers methods on how communities of color can best make use of new media tools and other technology to assist with managing their health care, including the role of cell phones designed for use by HIV patients of color.

Environmental IssuesFocuses on how the physical and built environment contributes to the persistent problems of health maintenance, health access and disparities in neighborhoods in Washington DC and other urban areas.

“We are all aware that health care continues to be one of the most discussed topics in America and in other global communities,” noted Jannette L. Dates, Ph.D., Dean Emerita of the University’s School of Communications and a leader of the planning committee. “While Congress wrestles with health care reform
and the administration attempts to shape the policies for the coming years, the American people must continue to be a part of the discussion, and The Initiative on Democracy, Markets, Communications and Technology will increase Howard University’s visibility as the center of leadership related to issues concerning multicultural groups as we help to influence the discourse.”

The awarding of the grant to Howard University from the Carnegie Corporation was designed to create opportunities for the University to facilitate national and international research and discussions of complex national and international issues. The 2012 Symposium on US Health Care will provide the platform for ongoing interdisciplinary research, bringing the best minds in healthcare research and public policy development to discuss critical issues of citizen participation in government decision making, transparency and the economic implications of global technologies.

The event is complimentary and open to the public. Space is limited.

 About Howard University
Founded in 1867, students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduateand professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, a Truman Scholar,19 Fulbright Scholars and 10 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D.s than any other university in the world. For more information about Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

About the School of Communications
The Howard UniversitySchool of Communications has produced many outstanding professionals in communications including: Janice McKenzie Crayton, President of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Atlanta, Keisha N. Brown, senior vice president and general manager, LAGRANT Foundation, Depelsha Thomas-McGruder, senior vice president, Business Operations & Strategy, MTV Networks, Genelle Niblack, vice president, Clear Channel Radio Sales, Constance Cannon Frazier, vice president, American Advertising Federation (AAF), Fredricka Whitfield, CNN news anchor; Vicki Mabrey, ABC Nightline (formerly of CBS 60 Minutes II); Isabel Wilkerson, Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist formerly at The New York Times; and Lesli Foster, news anchor at WUSA, Channel 9.

About the Carnegie Corporation of New York
The Howard University Initiative on Democracy, Markets, Communication and Technology is funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Created by Andrew Carnegie in 1911, the Carnegie Corporation mission is “to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding.” The Corporation’s funding is to assist Howard University to showcase its faculty and other experts to discuss the interdependence of democracy, markets, communication, and technology to immediate, complex issues that are of challenge to America and across the world.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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