White House Officials, National and Area Healthcare Execs to Highlight National Health Disparities Conference

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An Invitation to City Editors, Education Editors, Political/Government Editors, Healthcare Editors, Assignment Editors, News Directors and Broadcast Editors

The Fourth Annual National Conference on Health Disparities

Representatives of media outlets are invited to join approximately 200 government and private-sector healthcare officials, community activists, and elected officials, including Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Hon. U.S. Congressman Chaka Fattah and Pennsylvania State Senator Vincent Hughes, at the opening reception for the Fourth Annual National Conference on Health Disparities, on Wednesday, November 10, 2010, from 6:00pm-9:00pm, at the National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street, here. Also scheduled to attend the reception are conference organizer Dr. David Rivers and Amerihealth Mercy Family of Companies CEO Michael A. Rashid.

Focusing on the disparities in the quality of health care across demographic groups, the Conference will address a series of key questions about non-medical determinants of health. Such determinants include education level, health literacy, poverty, public safety, community design, access to care, environmental quality and personal, government and corporate responsibility.
Keynote speakers for the four-day-long conference include:

Thursday, November 11, 2010

  • Dr. Therman Evans, president and CEO, Whole Life Associates (9:15am- 9:45am)
  • Dr. John Ruffin, director, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, Washington D.C. (9:45am- 10:30am)
  • Melody Barnes, Director of the Domestic Policy Council for the Obama Administration, Washington D.C. (11:30am- 1:00pm)

Friday, November 12, 2010

  • Dr. Howard Koh, assistant secretary for health, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. (8:45am- 9:30am)
  • Hon. James E. Clyburn, House Majority Whip, U.S. Congress, South Carolina

Saturday, November 13, 2010

  • Ms. Lisa P. Jackson, administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C.
  • Dr. Reed V. Tuckson, executive vice president, chief of medical affairs, UnitedHealth Group Center, Minnetonka, MN (8:45am- 9:30am)

The Conference will also feature eight panels comprised of healthcare professionals, investment decision-makers, elected officials and community activists from across the country. They will include:

Thursday, November 11, 2010

  • Cutting-edge translational research with proven applications in reducing health disparities (1:00pm- 2:30pm)
  • Prevention and personal responsibility as primary factors in reducing health disparities and sustaining healthy communities (2:30pm- 4:00pm)

Friday, November 12, 2010

  • Poverty, education, environmental justice, public safety and community design: key social determinants in strengthening and sustaining healthy communities (9:30am- 11:00am)
  • The potential of broadband technology for strengthening and sustaining healthy communities (11:00am- 12:30pm)
  • Successful community-based programs for strengthening and sustaining healthy communities (1:15pm- 2:45pm)
  • Using public and private equity investment to strengthen and sustain our communities: can we strategically invest our way out of health disparity and into health equity? (2:45pm- 4:30pm)

Saturday, November 13, 2010

  • A roundtable discussion with Congressional leaders on Health Care Reform (9:30am- 11:00am) (Featuring moderator Hon. Donna Christensen, MD, US Congress; Hon. Barbara Lee, chair, Congressional Black Caucus; Hon. Lucille Roybal-Allard, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Thirty-fourth District, California; Hon. Michael Honda, chair, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Fifteenth District, California; Hon. Chaka Fattah, chair, Congressional Urban Caucus, U.S. Congress, Second District, Pennsylvania)
  • A roundtable discussion with leaders from state and local governments and the private sector on Health Care Reform

Marriott Hotel
1201 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107


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