BlackDoctor.org and Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions Announce 2nd Annual Top Blacks in Healthcare Awards Gala

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10 Healthcare Administrators Honored for Service and Commitment to Black Community

“This year we honor the decision makers who often go unrecognized, but their work has impacted countless lives for decades,” Said Dr. LaViest, Director of Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions.

BlackDoctor.org (BDO), the leading online health destination for African Americans, and the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions have announced the distinguished honorees for the 2nd Annual BlackDoctor.org Top Blacks in Healthcare Awards Gala. This celebration of service and commitment will take place on Thursday, April 30, 2015 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel located in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor at 200 International Drive.

Now in its second year, the awards gala will introduce and honor some of the nation’s most accomplished healthcare administrators whose work, often behind the scenes, has created access to healthcare for many African Americans living in underserved communities. This access to appropriate medical care has helped to level the rate of health disparities that currently exist among members of the Black community and other ethnic groups.

"Our program seeks to recognize distinguished African American healthcare executives and administrators for their contributions to the industry and serves as a role model for other minority healthcare leaders and the Black community overall," said Reggie Ware, President and CEO of BlackDoctor.org.

Ware added, "We feel that we are celebrating history in the making by honoring those who not only have outstanding achievements in the healthcare field, but also are creating a legacy for future trailblazers."

The 2015 honorees were identified and selected by alumni from the inaugural 2014 Top Blacks in Healthcare award recipients as well as key individuals from partner organizations such as the National Medical Association and Johns Hopkins University.

Following are the 2015 Top Blacks in Healthcare Honorees:

Ophelia Garmon-Brown, MD, M.Div., Senior Vice President for Community Partnerships, Novant Health Inc. (Charlotte, NC)

Pamela A. Buford, US LLC Director of Business Communications & Advocacy, Astellas Pharmaceuticals US, Inc. (Northbrook, IL)

Carnell Cooper, MD, FACS, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Dimensions Health System (Cheverly, MD)

Rhonda Nesmith Crichlow, Vice President and Head, U.S Diversity & Inclusion, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation (Hanover, NJ)

Walter L. Faggett, II, MD, Speaker of the House of Delegates, National Medical Association (Washington, DC)

Renee S. Frazier, MHSA, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer, Common Table Health Alliance (Memphis, TN)

Edith Peterson Mitchell, MD, FACP, President-Elect, National Medical Association (Silver Spring, MD)

Dennis W. Pullin, FACHE, President, MedStar Harbor Hospital and Senior Vice President, MedStar Health (Baltimore, MD)

Wayne S. Rawlins, MD, M.B.A, Vice President and National Medical Director, Aetna, Inc. (Hartford, CT)

Charmaine Ruddock, MS, Director, Bronx Health REACH, The Institute for Family Health (New York, NY)

“This year we honor the decision makers who often go unrecognized, but their work has impacted countless lives for decades,” Said Dr. LaViest, Director of Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions.

BlackDoctor.org and Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions began their partnership in 2013. Both organizations utilize their broad outreach to African American communities to provide health education and information with the goal of reducing healthcare disparities among racial/ethnic groups.

For tickets and sponsorship information, contact Prenita Hudson at 312-222-1205.

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About BlackDoctor.org
BlackDoctor.org (BDO) is the world's most comprehensive online health resource for black consumers. With a monthly total audience reach of 15 million, BDO is the leading producer of targeted, culturally and clinically accurate health and editorial content on African Americans. BDO's users appreciate receiving health information in an environment they trust and in a language and context they understand. BDO also boasts the largest online database of black physicians and dentists as part of its free doctor search tool, and a medical expert panel including many of the most respected and accomplished experts in their field. Learn more about BlackDoctor.org at http://www.BlackDoctor.org and follow us on Twitter @BlackDoctor, and Facebook at facebook.com/BlackDoctor.org.

About Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions
The Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions (HCHDS) was established in October 2002 and brings together the health research and program development resources of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutes (Schools of Public Health, Medicine, and Nursing) to demonstrate the efficacy of public health, social science and medical science in mitigating health disparities. HCHDS does this through efforts in research, training and community outreach. The Center has a national focus, but much of its work takes place in the local Baltimore community. The HCHDS is designated as a National Comprehensive Center of Excellence in Health Disparities by the NIMHD of the National Institutes of Health.

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