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Institute for the Advancement of Multicultural & Minority Medicine

New York Health Summit

May 6, 2005

GSK’s John Skae speaking on corporate efforts to address health disparitites.

The summit was held at The New York Academy of Medicine, which cosponsored the event with Steinway Child and Family Services, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Boys and Girls Club, Latino Commission on AIDS, Queens HIV Care Network, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Civil Rights, New York Department of Health, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and other community and civic groups. The focus of the summit was HIV/AIDS among youth, obesity and related illnesses, which were discussed by physicians specializing in bariatrics, cardiology, and oncology. The Hon. Louis W. Sullivan, MD, former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary and president emeritus of the Morehouse School of Medicine, was a keynote speaker. Beny Primm, MD, Founder/Executive Director of the Addiction Research and Treatment Corporation, moderated dialogue circles on chronic diseases and behavior modification. The diverse group of panelists included Jose Sanchez, a senior vice president, with Generations +/Northern Manhattan Health Network; Jenny Romero, an oncologist from Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention; and Ezer Kang, PhD, a Clinical Psychologist, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. John Skae, regional sales director for the HIV Division of GlaxoSmithKline’s New York region, discussed ways corporations can help organizations address health disparities.

A summit highlight was its connection to the city’s youth, which provided opportunities to promote a head start in the development of healthy lifestyles and habits. During a Youth Forum and Town Hall Meeting, young artists from Safe Space Players and IMPACT Repertory Theater conducted skits and spoken-word performances about healthy eating, healthy weight, and safe sex practices.

A spoken-word performance by Safe Space Players and IMPACT Repertory Theatre encouraged healthy lifestyle choices among adolescents.

2003-2005 AnnuAl RepoRt


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