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FROM NATIONAL NEGRO HEALTH WEEK TO MINORITY HEALTH MONTH:
BOOKER T. WASHINGTON’S LEGACY MOVES FORWARD
TUSKEGEE, Ala. (April 16, 2015) – The Tuskegee University National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care is commemorating Booker T. Washington’s centennial legacy on Friday, April 17 at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Ga., which are located at 1600 Clifton Road, N.E. One-hundred years ago in April 1915, Washington, founding principal and first president of Tuskegee University (Tuskegee Institute), established Negro Health Week to educate the nation about the public health challenges facing black people in the United States. The 2015 Commemorative Booker T. Washington Public Health Forum is titled, “National Negro Health Week to Minority Health Month: 100 Years of Moving Public Health Forward.” This year’s health forum honors the 100th anniversary of Booker T. Washington’s death.
“The Tuskegee University National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care, the CDC and the Morehouse School of Medicine, in partnership, are ‘looking back’ 100 years to avoid mistakes, to ‘look forward,’ in order to achieve health equity for all people in the United States and beyond,” said, Dr. Rueben C. Warren, professor and director of the National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care.
This historic health summit will contextually revisit the 100-year public health evolution from the 1915 National Negro Health Week to the founding of Minority Health Month and the 30th anniversary of the 1985 Report of the Secretary’s Task Force on Black and Minority Health. This report can be found at http://collections.nlm.nih.gov/catalog/nlm:nlmuid-8602912-mvset.
“We are so very excited that this event was so befitting the legacy of Booker T. Washington. Congratulations to Dr. Warren and his colleagues for this extraordinary event,” said Dr. Brian L. Johnson, Tuskegee University president.
The April 17 forum includes the following speakers:
Ileana Arias, PhD
Principal Deputy Director of CDC/ATSDR
Rueben C. Warren, DDS, MPH, DrPH, MDIV
Professor of Bioethics and Director of the National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care
Leandris Liburd, PhD, MPH, MA
Associate Director, Office of Minority Health and Health Equity, CDC/ATSDR
David Satcher, M.D., PhD, FAARP, FACPM, FACP
Former Surgeon General of the United States
Sherman A. James, PhD
Research Professor of Epidemiology and African American Studies
Yvonne T. Maddox, PhD
Acting Director, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
Angela Glover Blackwell
Founder and CEO, PolicyLink
Stephanie Miles-Richardson DVM, PhD
Director of the Master of Public Health Program
Morehouse School of Medicine
J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and Director
Office of Minority Health, HHS
Lara James, PhD
Director, Office of Minority Health
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Jonca Bull, MD
Director, Office of Minority Health
Food and Drug Administration
Roslyn Holliday Moore, MS
Public Health Advisor
Office of Behavioral Health Equity Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Sela Panapasa, PhD
Assistant Research Scientist
Research Center of Groups Dynamics, ISR
University of Michigan
Bonnie Duran, DrPH
Associate Professor, Schools of Social Work and Public Health and Indigenous Wellness Research Institute
University of Washington
Prevention Programs Manager
AID Atlanta, Inc.
Shirley E. Borghi
Co-Vice Chairman and Executive Director, Hispanic Health Coalition of Georgia
To schedule media interviews at the historic Booker T. Washington Health Forum, “National Negro Health Week to Minority Health Month: 100 Years Moving Public Health Forward” at the CDC, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or dial 404-639-3286.
The National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care at Tuskegee University is the only presidential mandated Bioethics Center in the United States of America. An electronic copy of the Journal of Healthcare, Science and The Humanities can be downloaded at http://tuskegeebioethics.org/resources/journal-of-healthcare-science-humanities/ and the Bioethics Center’s new mobile app can be downloaded on any smart phone.
About Tuskegee University
Founded in 1881 by Booker T. Washington, Tuskegee University is home to approximately 3,000 students from the U.S. and 30 foreign countries. The academic programs are organized into seven colleges and schools: 1.) Andrew F. Brimmer College of Business and Information Science, 2.) College of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Sciences, 3.) College of Arts and Sciences, 4.) College of Engineering, 5.) College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health, 6.) Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science, and 7.) School of Education.
Tuskegee University is accredited with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master’s, doctorate, and professional degrees. The following programs are accredited by national agencies: architecture, business, education, engineering, clinical laboratory sciences, nursing, occupational therapy, social work, and veterinary medicine.
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