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Institute for the Advancement of Multicultural & Minority Medicine

A Message from

the Executive Vice President

M a d e l i n e Y. L a w s o n

We are proud to issue the first Annual report for IAMMM for the period 2003-2005. IAMMM’s first three years have been a period of growth during which the board of directors and the staff have worked to lay a solid foundation that will enable our organization to assume a strategic role in the fight to address and confront health disparities among ethnic and racial minorities.

One of IAMMM’s great strengths is the manner in which we form collaborations and partnerships with a diverse group of organizations. These organizations assist in accomplishing both our mission and our vision and positively impact the quality of health care provided to our target demographic. Throughout 2003-2005, IAMMM partnered with both major corporations and community-based organizations--such as GlaxoSmithKline, Anheuser-Busch, the National Council of Negro Women, Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Research Association (PhRMA), the American Heart Association, the Student National Medical Association, and others--to increase awareness in communities, board rooms, physicians’ offices and halls of justice all across the nation. These critical partnerships enabled us to spread the word about the importance of prostate and other health screenings; the disproportionate diagnosis of heart disease in women; HIV and AIDS among teens; and other issues that will encourage minorities to begin taking more responsibility for their health. We are particularly proud of our efforts to educate seniors about the Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act and how they can take advantage of this landmark legislation.

To achieve our mission, it is important that IAMMM board and staff meet regularly with lawmakers on Capitol Hill to keep them abreast of how the policies they shape impact both access and care. We have conducted briefings for senators and representatives and their health policy staffs; and hosted congressional leadership dinner briefings on health disparities. IAMMM also participated in summits on health disparities hosted by Senator Frist; The National African American Leadership Conference hosted by Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tex.) and Rick Santorum (R-Penn.), and Congressional Black Caucus

Foundation Legislative Weekend and Health Braintrust hosted by Congresswoman Donna M. Christensen (D-VI).

Consumer health education and awareness is a priority. For that reason, IAMMM conducted five health summits and town hall meetings in Houston, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, New York, and Atlanta, which enabled health care providers and consumers to exchange information and concerns. These summits were extremely well received by all participants—from physicians, who gained some insight into the obstacles their patients frequently must overcome to access adequate health care services, to the patients, who received advice about how to empower themselves to ensure that regardless of their circumstances, they are able to access the quality care they deserve.

For two consecutive years, IAMMM hosted two awards benefit galas to honor a diverse group of people who have reached the height of professional success but also have experienced the terrible lows of chronic or debilitating diseases and live to share their stories with others in hopes of saving lives. “Saluting Survivors…Promoting Life” aims to create greater awareness of the need for preventive screenings and quality health care, increase exposure of IAMMM’s mission and objectives, and engage our strategic partners in an evening of celebration and awareness.

IAMMM is grateful for the enthusiastic support we have received from individual donors and corporations. We also are extremely appreciative of the members of our board of directors who take time from their busy professional lives to provide tremendous voluntary service and sound leadership.

We look forward to expanding our network of partners with the launch of our Collaborative Partners Council; strengthening the ties between health disparity organizations; and expanding our services to the public.

Madeline Y. Lawson

2003-2005 AnnuAl RepoRt

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