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Release Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 2:17 PM
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Health Disparities, Increasing Minorities in Health Professions
 Focus of 2013 Symposium on U.S. Healthcare

Former Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Louis W. Sullivan to Give Keynote

 
Dr. Louis Sullivan

WASHINGTON (April 10, 2013) – The 2013 Symposium on U.S. Healthcare at Howard University has announced Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, as its keynote speaker on Wednesday, April 10.

Health professionals from across the nation will assemble at Howard for the one-day event, held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Armour Blackburn Center, 2397 6th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. Attendees and speakers from health professions will focus on minority health disparities, building the capacity to combat issues through education, research and community leadership, and establishing a pipeline for minorities in STEM careers.

Health disparities among minority U.S. populations and ethnic groups are apparent in the adult deaths, infant mortality rates and other oft-cited health measures. By promoting minority preparation for leadership roles and improving access to a more diverse group of health professionals, health outcomes can be improved in vulnerable communities. 

The event is free and open to the public, although registration is required. To register, visit here.

Dr. Sullivan will focus the conversation on such issues with an address titled, “Preparing Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).”

Dr. Antoine Garibaldi, distinguished Howard University alumnus and president of the University of Detroit-Mercy, will address the issue of “Bringing Black Males into the Healthcare Pipeline.”

Dr. Jeanne Sinkford, associate executive director and director of the American Dental Education Association’s Center for Equity and Diversity, Dr. Marc Nivet of the Association of American Medical Colleges and Dr. Christina Stasiuk of Cigna Health Services will highlight the role of minority women in healthcare professions. Reginald Van Lee, senior vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton, will focus on the effectiveness of the use of mega-community approaches to healthcare issues.

“By providing more Americans with access to quality care, the Affordable Care Act was a major step toward equalizing healthcare across communities,” said Jannette L. Dates, Ph.D., dean emerita of the Howard University School of Communications and chair of the Symposium Planning Committee. “Key to our mission of eliminating health disparities is increasing the number of minority health professionals that understand their communities’ needs.”

With funds donated by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and support of  the University’s Time Warner Endowment, the Howard University Initiative on Democracy, Markets, Communication and Technology (IDMCT) seeks to increase opportunities for the University to facilitate national and international research and discussions of complex national and international issues.

About Howard University
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,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 www.howard.edu.

About the School of Communications
The Howard University School of Communications has produced many outstanding professionals in communications including: Bonita Stewart, VP at Google; Nicole Bernard, senior vice president at FOX Audience Strategy; Isabel Wilkerson, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist; Dr. Charlena Seymour, Provost of Simmons College; Stan Verrett, ESPN anchor; Lesli Foster, anchor at WUSA, Channel 9; Fredricka Whitfield, CNN news anchor; Michelle Miller, CBS News; Dr. Joan Payne, Professor of Communication Disorders; Depelsha Thomas-McGruder, MTV Networks; Gus Johnson, FOX Sports; Genelle Niblack, Clear Channel Radio; Constance Cannon Frazier, American Advertising Federation; Nicole Clifton, UPS Vice President; Janice McKenzie Crayton, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Atlanta; and Keisha N. Brown, LAGRANT Foundation.

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 it's 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.


ABOUT HOWARD

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 www.howard.edu.


   
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