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Case to host the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust forum on disparities July 16

U.S. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones
U.S. Representative
Stephanie Tubbs Jones

African Americans are more likely to develop cancer than any other ethnic or racial group. Heart disease is the leading killer across most minority groups.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services included these findings in its fact sheet released last year, and news headlines still continue to highlight health disparities among racial and ethnic groups. The Congressional Black Caucus' (CBC) Health Braintrust is holding a free, public forum on health disparities on Saturday, July 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to discuss topics related to the issue. Hosted by U.S. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, (D—Ohio, 11th District), the event takes place at Case Western Reserve University's Wolstein Research Building auditorium, 2103 Cornell Road.

A team of panelists representing a variety of areas related to the health professions will discuss problems and possible solutions surrounding health disparities and access to quality care. In addition to Tubbs Jones, Donna M. Christensen, M.D. (Del.-Virgin Islands), chair of the CBC's Health Braintrust, and several members of the CBC are scheduled to attend.

"The Congressional Black Caucus has made it their priority to close and ultimately eliminate the disparities that exist between African Americans and white Americans in every aspect of life," stated Tubbs Jones. "This Health Braintrust will be an important forum for us continue the discussion around health disparities and develop ongoing strategies to address these issues within the minority community."

James L. Phillips, M.D., a former Case School of Medicine administrator, will deliver the keynote address. Phillips initiated the Health Care Enhancement Program for Minorities during his tenure at the School of Medicine, and he started a similar program at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, where he is now the senior associate dean of medical education.

"The eradication of health disparities will benefit all of society, and we are delighted to host and participate in this essential forum," said Ralph I. Horwitz. M.D., dean of the Case School of Medicine, who will open the forum. "Increasing the representation of minority groups within the medical profession, as well as new thinking on the part of all of those in the profession, will be crucial to the elimination of disparities. The School of Medicine is committed to continuing our leadership toward these goals through our programs and curriculum."

For more information, contact Theresa Lang Coaxum of Rep. Tubbs Jones' 11th Congressional District Office at (216) 522-4900. Co-sponsors of the forum are Case, its office of Government Relations, its School of Medicine, the CBC and several Cleveland-area health systems.


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