U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius?to Address National Association of Black Journalists at 4th Annual Media Institute on Health

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    March 30, 2012 01:55 UTC

    U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius?to
    Address National Association of Black Journalists at 4
    th
    Annual Media Institute on Health

    Affordable Care Act, Health Disparities and Reporting in Communities
    of Color Amongst Topics Discussed at Conference

    WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–
    Today, the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) convened the
    first day of its annual Media Institute on Health: Health Policy and
    Health Inequities, March 29-31, at the Kaiser Family Foundation?s
    Barbara Jordan Conference Center.

    The conference aims to provide journalists with tools to effectively
    report on the impact of health care policies and reform as they affect
    communities of color. U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services
    Kathleen Sebelius?is scheduled to speak on Friday, March 30, at a
    special briefing on health at the White House, exclusively for NABJ
    Media Institute Conference attendees.

    Since taking office as the 21st Secretary of the Department of Health
    and Human Services (HHS), Sebelius?has been the leading advocate
    for?some of President Obama?s?top priorities. As the country?s
    highest-ranking health official, she has been a key proponent for
    reforming our health insurance system. At the conference,?Sebelius?will
    speak on: the Affordable Care Act, the lack of access to proper care in
    many communities; prevention and wellness; and the need for quality
    healthcare for all Americans.

    Additional panelists at the special White House Briefing on Health will
    include: Dr. Regina Benjamin, U.S. Surgeon General; Nadine Garcia, HHS
    Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health; Jocelyn Frye, Policy
    Director for First Lady Michelle Obama; Dr. Cara James, Director of the
    Office of Minority Health, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services;
    Dr. Grant Colfax, Director of National AIDS Policy. For
    our full conference schedule and all panelists, please visit our website
    here.

    “It is a honor to have Secretary?Sebelius?serve as our keynote speaker
    again,? said NABJ Parliamentarian and Conference Chair Cindy George. “On
    the heels of the Affordable Care Act Supreme Court hearing, this is a
    perfect time for our attendees to have the opportunity to talk with
    Secretary Sebelius. Our goal is to give journalists access to thought
    leaders health in order to help them shape better stories on these
    important issues.”

    Topics addressed at the conference include covering and understanding
    the social determinants of health, creative community solutions to
    healthcare access and prevention, updates on HIV/AIDS in the black
    community, breastfeeding, and understanding studies and data.

    The conference is hosted by The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, and
    sponsored by Eli Lilly, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Comcast, the Fred
    Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Legacy, the Alzheimer?s Association,
    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Planned Parenthood, and the Vonnie
    Holliday Foundation.

    An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is
    the largest organization of journalists of color in the nation, with
    more than, and provides educational, career development and support to
    black journalists worldwide.

    Contacts

    National Association of Black Journalists
    Aprill O. Turner
    aturner@nabj.org
    202.649.0719
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    Source: National Association of Black Journalists