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Expert-To-Expert Town Hall to Focus on Health Care Disparities


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Posted: 5/1/2005

The pervasive health care disparities now affecting millions of people throughout the United States will be the focus of a special expert-to-expert town hall hosted by the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (SON), Tuesday, May 3, 2005 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The “Who Will Care for Us? Who Will Receive Care?” event marks the closing of the School’s year-long Hopkins Nursing Milestone Celebration and offers a unique opportunity for health care experts and local, state, and federal legislators to share their perspectives on causes, results, and solutions regarding health care disparities.

SON Dean Martha Hill will host the town hall and ABC News Correspondent Sam Donaldson will moderate. Federal, state and local expert panelists, include:

  • Dr. Elias Zerhouni, Director, National Institutes of Health

  • Dr. Peter Beilenson, Health Commissioner, Baltimore City Department of Health

  • The Honorable Shirley Nathan-Pulliam, Delegate, Maryland General Assembly, Chair, Minority Health Disparities Subcommittee

  • Dr. Antonia M. Villarruel, Associate Professor and Director, Center for Health Promotion, University of Michigan, Vice-President, National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nursing Association

  • Dr. Lonnie R. Bristow, Former President, American Medical Association, Chair, Institute of Medicine Committee on Institutional and Policy Level Strategies for Increasing Diversity of the US Healthcare Workforce

  • Mr. Leo Nolan, III, Senior Policy Analyst – External Affairs for the Office of the Director, Indian Health Service, US Department of Health and Human Services

  • Dr. Lisa Egbuonu-Davis, Pfizer Scholar-in-Residence, Spelman College, Women’s Research and Resource Center

According to Dean Hill, the “Who Will Care for Us? Who Will Receive Care?” town hall “is the capstone of a Milestones Celebration year during which Hopkins Nursing honored our past successes and marked our current accomplishments. This event now lays the foundation for a future that will see the School of Nursing continue to be ranked among the top tier of schools nationwide that are known for excellence in community health nursing and outreach to populations in need.”

The event will be held in the Alumni Auditorium at the JHU School of Nursing, 525 North Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD and is free and open to the public.