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Leaders Achieving the Vision of Health Equity

Health equity is the belief that every person deserves the opportunity to reach his or her maximum health potential. The TCC Health Policy to Practice Forum series continued with "Leaders Achieving the Vision of Health Equity" Forum and Reception on Friday, January 29, 2016 from 1:00 – 4:30 pm EST. A diverse panel of prominent leaders spoke candidly on the challenges and opportunities our country faces in achieving a vision of health equity.

Featured speaker and panelist, former Congressman and founder of the Kennedy Forum Patrick J. Kennedy, spoke at length about his personal struggles with addiction and undiagnosed bipolar disorder and how the national model of health care needs to integrate mental and behavioral health into its screening and treatment process. Kennedy details these events and more in his new book "A Common Struggle," which he debuted at the "Leaders Achieving the Vision of Health Equity" Forum. 

Click here for Fox 5 Atlanta's story on Patrick J. Kennedy and his new book "A Common Struggle."


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Event Details

"Leaders Achieving the Vision of Health Equity" Forum and Reception
Friday, January 29, 2016

National Center for Primary Care Building 
Morehouse School of Medicine
720 Westview Dr., SW
Atlanta, GA 30310

Click here for the full Event Program, including the event's purpose, goal, agenda and speaker bios (PDF)


Special Guest:

Patrick J Kennedy Patrick J. Kennedy
Former U.S. Representative, Founder of the Kennedy Forum

Opening Remarks:

Valerie Montgomery Rice Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD
President and Dean, Morehouse School of Medicine

Forum Panelists:

Camara Jones Camara Jones, MD, PhD, MPH
President, American Public Health Association (APHA)
Senior Fellow of Satcher Health Leadership Institute and Cardiovascular Research Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine
Elizabeth Ofili Elizabeth Ofili, MD, MPH, FACC
Director & Senior Associate Dean of Clinical Research Center & Clinical and Translational Research, Morehouse School of Medicine
David Satcher David Satcher, MD, PhD
Founder and Senior Advisor for Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine
16th Surgeon General of the United States

Event Highlights

  • Meet & Greet Reception
  • Book signing of former U.S. Representative Patrick Kennedy’s new book "A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction"
  • Public launch for the Health Equity Vision Board Project

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"Leaders Achieving the Vision of Health Equity" is a collaboration between the TCC for Health Disparities Research, Kennedy Center for Mental Health Policy and Research, Satcher Health Leadership Institute, and the Office of the President and Dean of Morehouse School of Medicine. 

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The project described is supported by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) Grant Number U54MD008173, a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of NIMHD or NIH.