ABOVE PHOTO: Michael Rashid, President of AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Companies, (conference host) is joined by Faatimah Gamble, Wellness of You; Monica Braxton, NBC 10; Ingrid Saunders Jones, Senior Vice President, Global Community Connections, The Coca Cola Company, (Atlanta, GA); and Kenny Gamble, Philadelphia International Records.
(Photo by Ron Allen)
Some 200 government and private-sector healthcare officials, community activists, and elected officials, came from across the country to take part in the Fourth Annual National Conference on Health Disparities last week.
The national conference addressed questions about non-medical determinants of health, including education levels, health literacy, poverty, public safety, community design, access to care, environmental quality, environmental justice, and personal, government and corporate responsibility. Conference presenters and participants discussed solutions, review “programs that work”, and recommend policies to strengthen and enhance the current “medical model” of health care through diverse, multi-disciplinary partnerships and perspectives.
Conference organizer Dr. David Rivers and Amerihealth Mercy Family of Companies CEO Michael A. Rashid were pleased by the outcome of the conference and the many who came to Philadelphia to take part.
Focusing on the disparities in the quality of health care across demographic groups, the Conference addressed a series of key questions about non-medical determinants of health. Such determinants include education level, health literacy, poverty, public safety, community design, access to care, environmental quality and personal, government and corporate responsibility.
Dr. Therman Evans, president and CEO, Whole Life Associates ;Dr. John Ruffin, director, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, Washington D.C. ;Dr. Howard Koh, assistant secretary for health, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.CA roundtable discussion with Congressional leaders on Health Care Reform (Featuring moderator Hon. Donna Christensen, MD, US Congress; Hon. Barbara Lee, chair, Congressional Black Caucus; Hon. Lucille Roybal-Allard, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Thirty-fourth District, California; Hon. Michael Honda, chair, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Fifteenth District, California; Hon. Chaka Fattah, chair, Congressional Urban Caucus, U.S. Congress, Second District, Pennsylvania)