DHMH Minority Health Disparities Conference.
The Sixth Annual Maryland Minority Health Disparities Conference, sponsored by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, was held at Morgan State University on May 19. Representing the Maryland Nurses Association were Dr. Nayna Philipsen, editor of The Maryland Nurse and Co-chair of the Legislative Committee, and Tina Reinckens, Chair of the MNA Center for Ethics and Human Rights.
Conference co-sponsors were Morgan State University School of Community Health and Policy & University of Maryland College Park School of Public Health.
The theme for this year's conference was "Optimizing the Health of Minorities During Economic Restructuring: Politics, Economics and Health Equity." Topics included recent or pending state and federal minority health legislation, community-based health disparities interventions and the use of the Patient-Centered Medical Home model to address health disparities, and reducing health disparities through cultural competency and health literacy. The keynote speaker was Mohammad N. Akhter, MD, MPH, Executive Director, National Medical Association.
Nurses played key roles in developing and presenting the conference. Three of these were the Honorable Shirley Nathan-Pulliam of the Maryland House of Delegates (D-District 10) , Dr. Carelssia A. Hussein Director of the DHMH Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities, and Frances B. Phillips, Deputy Director of DHMH.
The DHMH Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities has released the Maryland Plan to Eliminate Minority Health Disparities, This is an ongoing process, to aid Marylanders in charting a course that will ensure that quality health services are delivered to every person in every part of Maryland. More about the conference and efforts in Maryland to adddress health disparities is available online at www.mdhealthdisparities.org.
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|Title Annotation:||Practice News; Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene|
|Article Type:||Brief article|
|Date:||Aug 1, 2009|
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