AMA speakers to address health disparities

by Elizabeth Kumru, UNMC public relations | April 14, 2014

Two leaders of the American Medical Association (AMA) will deliver an interdisciplinary presentation on the role of medical centers and key stakeholders to address, reduce and eliminate health disparities.

The presentation takes place April 18 during the UNMC Center for Reducing Health Disparities annual Minority Health Month luncheon.

Renaisa Anthony, M.D., deputy director of the Center, and assistant professor of Health Promotion and Social and Behavioral Health in the College of Public Health, announced the speakers for the noon luncheon. They are:

  • Jeremy Lazarus, M.D., a board-certified psychiatrist in private practice in Denver who served as the 167th president of the American Medical Association from June 2012 to June 2013. He now is co-chair of the Commission to End Health Care Disparities and the AMA's representative to the Joining Forces initiative, a program of the nation's first lady that assists veterans with traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder and post-combat depression.
  • Dionne Hart, M.D., is chairwoman of the AMA Minority Affairs Consortium that works to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities and improve the status of minority health in the U.S. and promote workforce diversity and cultural competence in the profession.

The AMA is one of the largest and most influential physician societies in the world and publishes the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). In 2004, the AMA launched the Commission to End Health Care Disparities in response to the Institute of Medicine's Report "Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care."

"We are excited that these two leaders from the AMA will be joining us for our meeting," Dr. Anthony said. "This will be a great opportunity to learn what UNMC can do in collaboration with the community and other key stakeholders to achieve health equity in Nebraska."

Last year, more than 120 people attended the luncheon at the College of Public Health for Dr. Camara Jones' visit from the Centers for Disease Control. This year, the noon to 1 p.m. meeting will be held at Clarkson Hospital in the Storz Pavilion.

This event is open and free to faculty, staff, students, residents, health care professionals, government, community and academic partners across Nebraska. Free valet parking is available at the Clarkson Hospital entrance. Doors open at 11 a.m. and lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. No RSVP is required.

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