Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Partners With National Medical Association, Hosts Health Equity Professional Development Series

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The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation announces partnership with the National Medical Association for the 47th Annual legislative Conference (ALC).

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) will partner with the National Medical Association (NMA) to present the Professional Development Series (PDS) on September 20, 2017 during CBCF’s 47th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC). The series, scheduled from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, provides a forum for medical and health professionals, including nurses, doctors, clinicians, and health policy experts, to participate in discussions to exchange best practices and develop strategic solutions to resolve many of the issues faced by today’s health professionals. Topics this year focus on sustaining health equity in the black community.

“We have made substantial strides in decreasing health disparities, and now more than ever it is imperative that our medical community looks at the current health care infrastructure to determine the best course forward for African Americans,” said A. Shuanise Washington, CBCF’s President and CEO. “We welcome this occasion to bring medical authorities together to create salient solutions and expand the possibilities of professional engagement at ALC.”

The National Medical Association is the leading voice of African American physicians and the collective force for parity and justice in medicine. NMA represents the interests of more than 50,000 African American physicians and seeks to eliminate disparities in health. During the series, association members will receive continuing medical education credits as certified by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). “The NMA is pleased to partner with the CBCF for the second consecutive year,” said Doris Browne, MD, NMA’s 118th NMA president. “This opportunity allows the NMA to join together with concerned partners to build a healthier nation and African-American community. The urgency is now for creating a culture of change in healthcare through coalition building."

ALC has long been acknowledged as one of the most important policy gatherings of African American leaders in the nation. During ALC, attendees have an opportunity to interface with industry executives, community leaders, lawmakers and celebrities who are actively engaged on issues affecting diverse communities. Representatives Robin Kelly from Illinois and Marc Veasey from Texas serve as honorary co-chairs for this year’s ALC.

The ALC is the leading policy conference on issues impacting African Americans and the global black community. The conference features nearly 100 public policy forums on health, education, economic empowerment, the environment, and more. Signature events and features include the National Town Hall, Celebration of Leadership in Fine Arts, Community Breakfast and Health Fair, Gospel Extravaganza, Black Party, Prayer Breakfast, Exhibit Showcase, and the culminating event, the Phoenix Awards Dinner.

This year’s theme, “And Still I RISE,” reflects a legacy of resilience that emphasizes the collective strength of the black community to rise above continued racial, social and political inequalities.

Register here CBCF for this year’s ALC. You can also sign up to receive CBCF news and updates delivered to your inbox at and follow the CBCF on social media.


The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF), established in 1976, is a non-partisan, nonprofit, public policy, research and educational institute, committed to advancing the global black community by developing leaders, informing policy and educating the public.


The National Medical Association (NMA) is the leading voice of African-American physicians and the collective force for parity and justice in medicine and the elimination of disparities in health. The Association represents the interests of more than 50,000 African-American physicians and the patients they serve.

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