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Institute for the Advancement of Multicultural & Minority Medicine

Health Summits Broaden Awareness

and Educate Communities

Health Disparities: Elimination through Collaboration

In 2004 and 2005, IAMMM convened health summits in Houston, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, New York, and Atlanta that actively engaged health care providers and health consumers in the issues that are most important to their respective communities. To highlight the ongoing message about the importance of preventive care, health screenings were provided at each site. Panelists included professionals from diverse medical specialties, community activists and representatives from public service organizations and the private sector. Town hall meetings provided forums in which local residents could share concerns, get answers to important questions and form alliances to tackle common goals. Each summit provided invaluable insights into the health care needs of its community and demonstrated ways in which local organizations are addressing them. One very positive outcome was that both the participating individuals and the organizations realized the value of collaborating with each other, which will enable them to leverage their resources and increase their impact locally.

The goals of the summits were to:

  • Design a model on health care provider and consumer empowerment partnerships for improved health among racial and ethnic groups.

  • Develop a partnership model and manual to be shared with national organizations.

  • Define and prepare the model to implement at a national summit.

  • Prepare options for action monographs that will be disseminated in print and on electronic media and Web sites.

  • Develop a sign-on campaign to market use of the model among health professionals and civic and community organizations.

2003-2005 AnnuAl RepoRt


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