U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin to Address National Association of Black Journalists Conference
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Posted by: ryan williams
Benjamin joins Health and Human Services Secretary
Kathleen Sebelius, Phill Wilson and Greg Millett among the roster of
Washington, D.C., March 2, 2010 –
U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin will address the National
Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) annual conference on Health
Disparities, March 4-6, 2010, at the Barbara Jordan Conference Center,
Kaiser Family Foundation, 1330 G. Street, NW, Washington, D.C.
Dr. Benjamin joins U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services
Kathleen Sebelius, Greg Millett of the White House Office on National
AIDS Policy and members of the academic, medical, health policy and
journalism community. Vice Admiral Benjamin is scheduled to speak on
Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 5 p.m.
Topics addressed at the conference include covering and
understanding the social determinants of health, creative community
solutions to health care access and prevention, updates on HIV/AIDS in
the black community, mental health, food access, childhood obesity and
understanding studies and data. In addition, Saturday is Career
Development Day, dedicated to helping journalists figure out new
opportunities to cover health in this changing environment.
As the 18th Surgeon General of the United States Public Health
Service, Dr. Benjamin serves as America’s Doctor and provides the public
with the best scientific information available on how to improve their
health and the health of the nation. A native of Mobile, Alabama, Dr.
Benjamin oversees the operational command of 6,500 uniformed health
officers who serve in locations around the world to promote, protect and
advance the health of the American People. In 1998, Dr. Benjamin was
the United States recipient of the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and
Human Rights, and she was named by Time Magazine as one of the "Nation’s 50 Future Leaders Age 40 and Under."
"It is a true honor to have Dr. Benjamin address the NABJ Conference
on Health Disparities," said NABJ President Kathy Y. Times. "As
journalists, the opportunity to dialogue with Vice Admiral Benjamin on
this important topic is vital as we take a deeper look at the future of
health care reform and health policies that impact the communities which
Conference Program Chair Andrea King Collier says, "Participants
will leave with not only the latest information, but a whole host of
experts to add to your "go to list" for future stories." Collier says
that the content is designed to change and expand the way that
journalists cover health. "We work hard to give journalists access to
the thought leaders in the field in order to help them shape fully
formed stories on these important topics."
For program information and media inquiries regarding this
conference, contact NABJ Director of Programs and Professional
Development Ryan Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 1-866-479-NABJ. The conference is hosted by Kaiser Family
Foundation, sponsored by Eli Lilly and Company and co-sponsored by the
American Cancer Society and MedStar Health.
To register and for more information, log on to http://nabj.org/mediainstitute/conferences/healthdisparities09.php.
An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the
largest organization of journalists of color in the nation, with more
than 4,100 members, and provides educational, career development and
support to black journalists worldwide.