August 22, 2003

Governor Bredesen and former surgeon general to headline health summit

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In his convocation speech last week, Dean of the School of Medicine Dr. Steven G. Gabbe compared medical school to the climbing of Mount Everest. Tommy Lawson

by Bill Snyder

Governor Phil Bredesen, former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher and researchers at Meharry Medical College and Vanderbilt University Medical Center will participate in the Eighth Annual Health Summit of Minority Communities Aug. 27-29 at the Opryland Hotel and Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville.

The purpose of the conference is to discuss ways to build healthy communities and eliminate health disparities through partnerships and coalitions in health care, economic development, education and the environment.

Other speakers include Kevin Lavender, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Financial Institutions; Dr. Kenneth S. Robinson, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Health; and Bailus Walker Jr., Ph.D., professor of Environmental and Occupational Medicine at Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C.

Hosts of the conference include the Tennessee Department of Health’s Office of Minority Health, the Black Health Care Commission, the Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators and the Tennessee Minority Health and Community Development Coalition.

Registration fee is $100. For more information or to register, call the Office of Minority Health at 741-9443 or visit the health department’s Web site at