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March 7-8, 2013 Washington, DC


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The State of African American Health: An Action Plan
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The National Medical Association (NMA) is the nation’s oldest and largest association of African American physicians. The NMA has a longstanding history of advocating for health equity and the elimination of health disparities. As a leader in health and an organization representing providers on the frontlines of health care in this country, the NMA has the expertise, influence and national stature to bring together a diverse coalition of representatives of organizations in an effort to chart the course for health and wellness in African Americans in the United States.

On March 7-8, 2013,  NMA hosted the 2013 Summit on African American Health which brought together leading organizations from the private, public, government, civic, faith based and other segments to address the critical healthcare needs of our targeted population. The NMA convened a diverse coalition of organizations who served as the “architects” of a strategic agenda that is multifaceted in its approach to healthcare and specifically health disparities.

The purposes/objectives of the Summit were:

  1. To address the health issues facing the African American community with a focus on health disparities in key disease areas, across variables of age and gender. The critical issues of access to care and stigma in disease will be central to the Summit’s deliberations.
  2. To bring together a diverse cohort of leaders which include; healthcare professionals, public policy makers, elected government officials, private corporations, patient advocacy groups, faith based, civic and nonprofit organizations for the purpose of discussing the state of health in African Americans and developing a coordinated and cohesive programmatic agenda to effectively target decreasing health disparities via a multifaceted approach involving all sectors.
  3. Findings and the Action Agenda developed from the Summit will be published as: “The State of African American Health: An Action Plan."
  4. To continue to develop, refine and promote a national action plan which will serve as an evolving roadmap for collaborating organizations and private, public and governmental sectors with an interest in health disparities.

Summit participants included the following:

  • Rahn K. Bailey, M.D., 113th President, The National Medical Association, Summit Chair
  • Michael A. LeNoir, M.D., 114th President, The National Medical Association, Summit Co-Chair
  • Ryle Belle, DDS, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and Howard University College of Dentistry
  • Gessie Belizaire, National Black Nurses Association
  • Kim Johnson, M.D., The National Minority AIDS Council
  • Edward Chappelle, DDS, President, National Dental Association
  • Marie-Michele Leger, MPH, PA, Senior Director of Clinical Health Affairs, Academy of Physician Assistants
  • Mary Merritt, Executive Director, The American Diabetes Association
  • Karyne Jones, President and CEO, National Caucus and Center on
  • Black Aging
  • Sharon D. Allison-Ottey, M.D., The COSHAR Foundation
  • John Montgomery, M.D., Vice President, Commercial Business, Humana
  • David Kountz, M.D., President, The International Society of Hypertension in Blacks
  • Mark Alexander, M.D., 100 Black Men of America
  • Toni Oliver, Vice President, National Association of Black Social Workers
  • Rosalind Holiday-Moore, The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Office of Behavioral Health Equity
  • Reverend Anthony Evans, President, National Black Church Initiative
  • Reginald Ware, CEO, Blackdoctor.org
  • Whitney Greer, Executive Editor, Blackdoctor.org
  • Cheryl Simmons-Gray, M.D., Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Barry Lenoir, President, The United Black Fund
  • CDR Jacqueline Rodrigue, Deputy Director, Office of Minority Health
  • Nicole Hewitt, Office of Minority Health, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • Thomas Dortch, 100 Black Men of America
  • Horace Knight, M.S., R.Ph, National Association of Black Health System Pharmacists
  • Sharon Chalmers-Melvin, 74th President of the Auxiliary to the National Medical Association
  • Ronald Copeland, M.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Kaiser Permanente
  • Emmanuelle St. Jean, Senior Program Manager, The National Council on Aging
  • Karyn Wills, M.D., Medical Director, Aetna
  • Karen M. Anderson, M.D., Director, The Roundtable on the Promotion of Health
  • Equity and the Elimination of Health Disparities, Institute of Medicine
  • Rafael Robert, Senior Public Affairs Liaison and State Government Affairs, Eli Lilly
  • Janice Chavers, Director of Diversity and HR Communications, Eli Lilly
  • Tiffany Ingram, Director of Mission Delivery, American Diabetes Association
  • Eleanor Hinton Hoytt, President & CEO, Black Women’s Health Imperative
  • Ronald Copeland, M.D., Senior Vice President, National Diversity
  • Strategy & Policy, Chief Diversity Officer, Kaiser Permanente
  • Millard Collins, M.D., Associate Professor and Interim Dean for
  • Academic and Student Affairs, Meharry Medical College
  • The Honorable Joe Armstrong, President, National Black Caucus of State Legislators
  • Nisha Branch, President, Student National Medical Association
  • Darryl R. Matthews, Sr., Executive Director, National Medical Association
  • Sharon D. Allison-Ottey, M.D., Program Manager/Project Director, Health Strategist

The State of African American Health: An Action Plan details the findings from the Summit.

The NMA promotes the collective interests of physicians and patients of African descent. We carry out this mission by serving as the collective voice of physicians of African descent and a leading force for parity in medicine, elimination of health disparities and promotion of optimal health.

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