CBCF Annual Health and Wellness Luncheon "An Ounce of Prevention Beats a Pound of Cure"
WASHINGTON, Sept. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF) today announced that medical pioneer Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, Dr. Regina Benjamin, 18th U.S. Surgeon General and baseball great Ken Griffey, Sr. are part of this year's all-star lineup for the CBCF's 46th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC), Health and Wellness Luncheon "An Ounce of Prevention Beats a Pound of Cure." Reps. Lacy Clay and Karen Bass are the 2016 honorary co-chairs for ALC.
This year's luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 14 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and will include two expert-led panels moderated by former member of Congress, Delegate Donna M. Christensen, M.D., that will focus on the importance of preventive care in the reduction of health disparities in African Americans. Panels will discuss best practices and evidence-based models that can help reduce racial disparities within African American subpopulations.
"Despite the progress of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), persistent disparities in health care among African Americans continue to impact communities of color," said CBCF president and CEO A. Shuanise Washington. "African Americans must know and understand their rights and benefits under the ACA in order to ensure equitable access to long term quality health care."
"Prevention is one of the cornerstones of medicine. It is important that we are proactive in the detection of disease and injury, because these efforts, combined with prevention, will significantly reduce health disparities," said Louis W. Sullivan, M.D. former secretary, United States Department of Health and Human Services and chairman & chief executive officer, The Sullivan Alliance. "It is incumbent upon us to take responsibility for our health and that of our families and communities, so that we may live longer and healthier lives."
ALC '16 Annual Health and Wellness Luncheon Agenda
Keynote talk by Dr. Louis W. Sullivan Former Secretary, United States Department of Health & Human ServicesCEO & Chairman of The Sullivan AllianceThe Sullivan Alliance to Transform the Health Professions, Inc.President Emeritus, Morehouse School of Medicine
PANEL IModerator/Facilitator:Delegate Donna M. Christensen, M.D. Former Member of Congress (VI) and Former Chair, CBC Health BraintrustUnited States House of RepresentativesFormer Surgeon and Healthcare Clinician
Regina M. Benjamin, M.D. 18th Surgeon General of the United States and former Vice Admiral U.S. Commissioned Corps
Ken Griffey, Sr. Former All-Star and World Series championCincinnati Reds Baseball Hall of Famer and Prostate Cancer Survivor
Ebonee Rice National Director, Young American & Women's EngagementEnroll America
Dr. Michael O. Minor Senior Pastor, Oak Hill Baptist Church, Hernando, Mississippi
PANEL IIModerator/Facilitator:Delegate Donna M. Christensen, M.D. Former Member of Congress (VI) and Former Chair, CBC Health BraintrustUnited States House of RepresentativesFormer Surgeon and Healthcare Clinician
Marjorie J. Hill, Ph.D. Chief Executive OfficerAddabbo Health Center
Edwin C. Chapman, M.D. Adjunct Assistant ProfessorHoward University Department of Psychiatry
Shavon L. Arline-Bradley, MPH, MDiv Director, External Engagement Office of the US Surgeon GeneralUnited States Department of Health & Human Services
Chirlane McCray First Lady of New York THRIVE NYC, New York City
Special Guest Cara James, Ph.D. Director, Office of Minority HealthCenters for Medicare and Medicaid ServicesUnited States Department of Health & Human Services
SponsorsThis year's sponsors for the Health and Wellness luncheon are Quest Diagnostics, AstraZeneca, the Ohio Health Foundation and Merck.
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ABOUT THE CBCFThe 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.
ABOUT ALCThe 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, "Defining the Moment, Building the Movement," will highlight social and political moments in American history that define the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.
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