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Leaders Gather for Fourth Annual Disparities Conference

Healthcare leaders from around the country gathered in Philadelphia November 10-13, 2010, for the Fourth National Conference on Health Disparities.

This national conference addressed questions about non-medical determinants of health, including education levels, health literacy, poverty, public safety, community design, access to care, environmental quality, environmental justice, and personal, government and corporate responsibility.

Conference presenters included:

Dr. Howard K. Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Dr. John Ruffin, Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD)

Lisa P. Jackson, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator

Melody Barnes, President Obama's Domestic Policy Adviser and the Director of the Domestic Policy Council

These and other speakers offered solutions, reviews “programs that work”, and recommended policies to strengthen and enhance the current “medical model” of health care through diverse, multi-disciplinary partnerships and perspectives.

Organized in conjunction with the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust and the Tri-Caucus Health Taskforce chairs, the event was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Medical University of South Carolina, AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Companies, The Coca Cola Company, Novo Nordisk, Temple University Health System, Office of Minority Health, PhRMA, Morehouse School of Medicine, Eli Lilly, Drexel School of Public Health, Fox Chase Cancer Center and Lincoln University.

The Journal will be covering the conference in more depth. Look for it in the Minority Affairs office at your school!

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