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Institute for the Advancement of Multicultural & Minority Medicine

Los Angeles Health Summit

April 2, 2004

Co-hosted by the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, the Charles R. Drew Medical Society and other national health and consumer organizations, the Los Angeles summit focused on cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and mental health. There were many informative presentations by medical experts and national consumer leaders in the field, some of whom emphasized the role mental illness and substance abuse play in acerbating disease.

The summit highlights included a keynote speech by activist and comedian Dick Gregory, who gave advice on how consumers can empower themselves to ensure that they receive proper health care. Physicians provided an overview of health disparities epidemiology, including, Arnold Savage, MD (cancer), Elaine Williams, MD (cardiovascular disease), Bill Releford, MD (diabetes), and C. Freeman, MD (mental health/social justice). Keith Norris, MD, associate dean for research at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine, facilitated a panel of national leaders that included representatives from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; Auxiliary to the National Medical Association; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; The Links, Inc.- Los Angeles; Community Health Council; Charles R. Drew Medical Society; and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Among the many health panelists at the Los Angeles Summit were, pictured from left to right: L. Natalie Carroll, MD, IAMMM Board; Harry E. Douglas, III, DPA, Interim President, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science; Cynthia Cotharn, MD, MPH, President, Charles R. Drew Medical Society.

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