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Johns Hopkins Medicine
Office of Corporate Communications
Media Contact: John M. Lazarou
April 19, 2004
URBAN HEALTH INSTITUTE DIRECTOR TO PARTICIAPTE IN MINORITY HEALTH SUMMIT
Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute Director Claude Earl Fox, M.D., M.P.H., will join a group of high-level officials, including U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson, former Surgeon General and retired Navy Rear Adm. David Satcher, M.D., and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D., at a two-day summit meeting to explore ways to reduce health disparities in medical practices across our nation.
The meeting, sponsored by the Alliance of Minority Medical Associations and National Minority Health Month (NMHM), is designed for primary care physicians who treat minorities. It will convene Monday and Tuesday, Apr. 19 and 20 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 1330 Maryland Ave. S.W., Washington, D.C.
“By bringing together health care professionals with members of congress, clinicians and advocacy group leaders, we can explore new ways to address a key issue in health-care and begin to develop a solution,” says Fox.
The primary objective of the summit, “Data and Health Disparities: Shifting the Paradigm in Communities”, is to provide front-line doctors with the resources necessary to reduce health disparities in their practice. Those participating in the conference will receive a comprehensive overview of health policies and community-based challenges that are widening the disparity gap, along with key solutions to redress this imbalance.
Those in attending will be introduced to:
- Ways to identify evidence-based disease management solutions to reducing health disparities for diseases such as asthma, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, mental illness, cancer and renal disease;
- Government programs and ways to access funding;
- Cultural factors affecting symptom recognition and health-care seeking behavior;
- The Medicare prescription drug bill and its impact on minorities;
- Racial and ethnic data collection; the issues and how their practice can benefit
Other conference partners include the Interamerican College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Disease Management Association of America and the National Association for the Elimination of Health Disparities.
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