Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to Deliver Keynote Address at the National
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Posted by: ryan williams
Conference will confront Health Disparities and Reporting on
Health Care Reform in communities of color
Washington, D.C., February 17, 2010
– Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius will deliver
the keynote address at 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.
The conference will provide journalists the tools to effectively
report on the impact of health-care policies and reform as it affects
communities of color. Secretary Sebelius is scheduled to speak on
Thursday, March 4, 2010.
Since taking office as the 21st Secretary of the Department of
Health and Human Services, Sebelius has been the leading advocate
for some of President Obama’s top priorities. As the country’s
highest-ranking health official, she has been a powerful voice for
reforming our health insurance system. At the conference, Sebelius will
speak on: the lack of access to proper care for many communities;
prevention and wellness; and the need for quality health care for all
"It is an honor to have Secretary Sebelius serve as our keynote
speaker,” said NABJ President Kathy Y. Times. "With steadily high
unemployment rates, epidemic levels of chronic disease, and
disproportionately high rates of premature death in communities of
color, journalists must take a deeper look at the future of health care
reform and health policies that impact their health and well-being. The
Secretary’s decision to attend this conference demonstrates the topic is
important to her and the Obama administration."
This annual conference has garnered the attention of other
headliners and newsmakers in the fight to bring attention to health care
disparity, including former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, Marian
Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund,
and Phill Wilson, Founder of the Black AIDS Institute.
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 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
For program information, media, advertising and sponsorship 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 Heart Association.
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.