September 12, 2003

Vanderbilt to participate in race forum Sept. 22

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Mary Hance, also known as Ms. Cheap from the Tenessean, signs copies of her book, Ms. Cheap's Guide to Getting More for Less, after her talk Monday. Dana Johnson

Vanderbilt to participate in race forum Sept. 22

Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell, U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., and the deans of the Meharry and Vanderbilt medical schools will participate in a forum on racial and ethnic disparities in health care on Monday, Sept. 22, in Nashville.

Journalist and former presidential advisor David Gergen will moderate the forum, which will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel, 623 Union Street.

Dr. Joseph Betancourt, Senior Scientist in the Institute for Health Policy and Program Director for Multicultural Education at Massachusetts General Hospital-Harvard Medical School, will give a national overview of disparities in health care.

Dr. PonJola Coney, dean of the Meharry School of Medicine, and Dr. Steven G. Gabbe, dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, will introduce the forum and speakers.

Dr. Stephanie Bailey, director of the Metro Health Department, and Dr. Clifton Meador, executive director of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance, will discuss initiatives their organizations are undertaking to reduce disparities.

The forum is sponsored by Meharry Medical College, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance, Harvard University and the Metro Health Department. National sponsors for the event include the journal Health Affairs and the New America Foundation, a public policy institute in Washington, D.C. Support for the forum has been provided by a grant from Eli Lilly and Company.

For more information or reservations, contact Eliza Brinkmeyer at or (301)652-1558, ext. 208.