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AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN PHYSICIANS AND LEGISLATORS TO JOIN DIALOGUE ON HEALTH CARE REFORM LEGISLATION AT POLITICAL FORUM IN APRIL

 Dr. M. Joycelyn Elders, U.S. Surgeon General Designate,
 To Speak at June Conference in Jamaica
 ATLANTA, March 19 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to the Clinton Administration's movement towards health care reform, the International Coalition Of Women Physicians, Inc. (ICWP) is bringing together African American women physicians, health care professionals, legislators, health policy experts and health advocates from throughout the nation to dialogue and provide input on all components of health care reform -- particularly as it impacts communities of color.
 The ICWP is sponsoring a two-part Political Forum On Health Care Reform. Part one of the political forum will take place at Spelman College in Atlanta on April 17 and 18. U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D- Calif.) will lead the Congressional delegation at the April forum in Atlanta. Over 20 representatives from Congress have been invited.
 Hillary Clinton, convener of President Clinton's Health Care Reform Task Force, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala have been invited to the April forum in Atlanta. The discussions and recommendations that emerge from this event will be disseminated nationally to the public, the medical community and legislators throughout the media and a printed report.
 Part two of the Political Forum on Health Care Reform will be held on Saturday, June 19, as part of the ICWP Conference in Jamaica. State and national African American legislators are invited. Analysis and discussion of the Clinton Administration's health care reform proposals will take place and additional recommendations will be developed.
 Dr. M. Joycelyn Elders, the U.S. Surgeon General appointed by President Clinton, will be the keynote speaker at the Second Annual Meeting of the International Coalition Of Women Physicians, Inc. The conference will take place in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, from June 16-20. African American women physicians, other health care professionals, legislators and health care advocates will unite around this year's theme: "Lifestyles: Influences on Health."
 Women Physicians to Hold Political Forum on Health Care Reform
 In April at Spelman College in Atlanta
 "This conference and forum is an extremely important opportunity for Black women physicians, legislators and other health advocates to participate in the national dialogue on health care reform legislation. The African American community, one of the most medically underserved segments of the population, has a voice that must be heard," stated ICWP President Arike Logan-Kusaidi, M.D., of Atlanta.
 Additional confirmed participants for the political forums, thus far, include Rep. Lois Deberry (Speaker Pro-Tempore, Tennessee House of Representatives; member of the Tennessee Health and Human Services Committee), Rep. Diane Watson (California State Senate; chair, California Health and Human Services Committee), and Rep. Georgiana Sinkfeild (chair, Georgia Legislative Black Caucus).
 Health Care Access, Prevention, Research and Funding Among Issues
 To Be Addressed During 1993 Conference and Political Forums
 "The system of racial oppression continues to operate," stated ICWP Chairwoman Denese Shervington, M.D., of New Orleans, at last year's historic ICWP First Annual Meeting. "Witness the diseases that are disproportionately increased within our communities. The statistics are staggering and examples are abundant. Black women, aged 45 to 65, are twice as likely to die from diabetes as white women in the same age group," revealed Dr. Shervington. "Hypertensive Blacks are almost 18 times more likely to suffer kidney damage, requiring dialysis or organ transplants; and 75 percent of female AIDS sufferers are women of color and 80 percent of their children are being infected." These and even worse statistics for Black men are the realities in the African American community.
 "Set against this background -- the severe health crisis in African American communities -- the two forums will address health care reform legislation under several broad categories," explained Dr. Logan- Kusaidi, "particularly, access to primary care, access to specialty care and funding of prevention and intervention efforts in communities where African Americans and other people of color reside." Academic training, research, improving entry to medical schools and training programs, mental health care and entrepreneurship are also cited as areas of concern.
 Among the speakers at the 1992 ICWP Annual Meeting in Jamaica were Marilyn Hughes Gaston, M.D. (U.S. Assistant Surgeon General), Virginia Davis Floyd, M.D. (director of the Family Health Services Section of the Georgia Department of Human Resources), and Beverly Coleman Miller, M.D., from Washington, an expert on violence in the African American community. All speakers challenged the over 300 women physicians who participated to look at the root cause of factors adversely affecting the communities of color and to take action through stronger and more effective prevention programs. They were urged to become more politically active, serve as a catalyst for change and to launch model intervention programs throughout the United States.
 The International Coalition Of Women Physicians, Inc., is a non- profit, tax-exempt organization whose primary goal is to improve the preventive health practices, general lifestyle and well-being of women of color, their families and their communities.
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 /CONTACT: Shaka Kusaidi, 404-351-8965, or Heather Gray, 404-524-6882, both of Communique, for the International Coalition Of Women Physicians/


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