National Initiative to Reduce Health Disparities Convenes in Alameda County

Saturday, July 19, 2008 General News J E 4

The Alameda County PLACE MATTERS Team, which is affiliated with the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, will host a three-day meeting July 23-25, 2008, at the Oakland Marriott at City Center in Oakland, CA, to address the social conditions that lead to poor health outcomes in individuals from low-income communities and communities of color.

PLACE MATTERS is a national initiative of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies' Health Policy Institute and is funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. More than 100 representatives from 24 U.S. cities and counties are expected at the meeting, which begins with a luncheon at 1:30 p.m. (PST) on Wednesday.

Oakland Mayor Ronald V. Dellums will address the group on Thursday morning. Other speakers include Alameda County Health Director Dr. Anthony Iton; Webster Guillory, co-chair of the National Policy Alliance, whose member organizations represent the more than 10,000 black elected officials in the U.S.; and Juliet Ellis, executive director of the environmental justice organization Urban Habitat. The Oakland Marriott at City Center is located at 1001 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607. (510) 451-4000.

For more information, go to the Joint Center's Website at To attend sessions or to schedule interviews, contact Sherri Willis in Alameda County at (510) 267-8001 or Betty Anne Williams at the Joint Center in Washington, DC, at (202) 789-3505.

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies is one of the nation's premier research and public policy institutions and the only one whose work focuses primarily on issues of particular concern to African Americans and other people of color.

CONTACT: Betty Anne Williams, +1-202-789-3505,, or Sherri Willis, +1-510-267-8001,, both of Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

/PRNewswire-USNewswire -- July 18/

SOURCE Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies


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