Health Care Reform and Chronic Disease

Saturday, September 19, 2009 General News J E 4
Maryland Health Care Experts Including Kathleen Kennedy Townsend to Discuss Importance of Addressing Chronic Disease Role in Health Reform

As Congress debates health care reform, state and local leaders from Maryland are joining together to call for comprehensive health reform to address the growing crisis of chronic disease in Maryland and nationwide. The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) is a coalition committed to making chronic disease prevention and management a major part of comprehensive health reform.

The Maryland chapter of PFCD has over 40 state partners and a distinguished panel of co-chairs including former Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend; Miguel McInnis, M.P.H., Chief Executive Officer of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Community Health Centers; and Sharon D. Allison-Ottey, M.D, the COSHAR Foundation's Executive Director. Dr. Ottey is also a member of the PFCD's National Executive Committee.

Who: Jay Wolvovsky, President and CEO, Baltimore Medical System (Master of Ceremonies)

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland

Sharon D. Allison-Ottey, M.D., Executive Director, The COSHAR Foundation

Miguel McInnis, M.P.H., Chief Executive Officer, Mid-Atlantic Association of Community Health Centers

What: Distinguished speakers will address importance of addressing chronic disease through prevention, including adherence to medical caregiver advice, and management, including pro-active self-care.

When: Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 10:30 a.m.

Where: Baltimore Medical System at Saint Agnes Hospital

Community Care Center Waiting Room

900 Caton Avenue (use Wilkins Avenue entrance)

Baltimore, MD 21229-5299

About the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease

The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) is a national and state-based coalition of hundreds of patient, provider, community, business, and labor groups, committed to raising awareness of the number-one cause of death, disability, and rising health care costs in the U.S.: poorly prevented and mismanaged chronic disease.

PFCD's mission is to:

For more information about the PFCD and its partner organizations, please visit:

For state specific information on Maryland please visit:

CONTACT: Dan Ronayne of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, +1-202-870-4902

/PRNewswire-USNewswire -- July 1/

-- Challenge policymakers to make fighting chronic disease a top priority and discuss how they will address it in their health care proposals -- Educate the public about chronic disease and potential solutions for individuals, communities, and the nation -- Mobilize Americans to call for changes in how policymakers, governments, employers, health institutions, and other entities approach chronic disease

SOURCE Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease


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