Washington, DC–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – US NEWSWIRE)–April 4, 2006–Gary A. Puckrein, PhD, executive director of the National Minority Health Month Foundation (NMHMF), will host a telephone press briefing on minority health and elimination of health disparities among minority populations.
April 1st marked the beginning of National Minority Health Month. Launched in 2001 and supported by a congressional resolution, the goal of Minority Health Month is to promote efforts to eliminate the disproportionate burden of premature death and preventable illness in racial and ethnic minorities.
Dr. Puckrein will also discuss the National Minority Health Month Foundation’s 3rd Annual Leadership Summit on Health Disparities, which will be held on April 11 and April 12 in Washington, D.C. and the Foundation’s key initiatives, including: a National Diabetes Atlas (D-Atlas), a web-based, online resource that can identify and quantify diabetes disparities by congressional district; and The Congressional Alliance Renal Effort, a multidisciplinary coalition that will catalyze coordinated activities to accelerate early detection, screening, and treatment of CKD in targeted congressional districts.
Gary A. Puckrein, PhD, executive director of the National Minority Health Month Foundation
Virtual Press Conference on National Minority Health Month and eliminating health disparities.
Thursday April 6, 2006
1:30 PM ET
Confirmation Code: 1994778
Title: NMHMF Conference Call
About the National Minority Health Month Foundation:
Founded as a nonprofit organization in 1998, the National Minority Health Month Foundation was established to strengthen national and local efforts to eliminate the disproportionate burden of premature death and preventable illness in racial and ethnic minorities and other special populations through the use of evidence-based, data-driven initiatives. The Foundation has developed a comprehensive relational data platform for identifying the prevalence of health-status and health-care disparities at the zip-code level. This centralized data warehouse allows the Foundation to house vital statistics; demographic, environmental, claims, prescription-drug, and clinical-laboratory values; health-care access points, and other data. The Foundation is thus able to measure and forecast health status in small geographic areas, evaluate the impact of specific interventions, monitor changes in health outcomes, and serve as a valuable resource for the health-disparities movement.
For more information please visit Website: http://www.nmhmf.org