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May 1, 2001

Conference to Convene Experts
To Address Diversity in Healthcare

Diversity brochureMeeting the health care needs of an ethnically and culturally diverse society and correcting disparities in health care delivery will be discussed at a national conference, “Enhancing Diversity in Healthcare Delivery and Education: Needs and Strategies,” scheduled May 3-5 at Shelter Pointe Hotel and Marina in San Diego.

National authorities on diversity in medical education and health care will be presenters at the three-day conference, co-sponsored by the Association of American Indian Physicians, the National Hispanic Medical Association, the National Medical Association, and the UCSD School of Medicine.

U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, M.D., is expected to be a guest at the opening dinner event on Thursday. Also featured during the evening program will be the presidents of the three national associations—Melvina McCabe, M.D., President of the AAIP; Elena Rios, M.D., M.S.P.H., President of the NHMA; and Rodney Hood, M.D., President of the NMA.

Vivian Pinn, M.D., Associate Director for Research on Women’s Health and Director, Office of Women’s Health, National Institutes of Health, will give the dinner address, speaking on “Appreciating Diversity in Health and Healthcare: A Research Perspective.”

Co-chairs of the conference are Sandra Daley, M.D., assistant dean of student development and director of the Hispanic Center of Excellence at the UCSD School of Medicine, and Sandra Perez-McCraw, M.D., a pediatrician in private practice.

“One of our goals is to develop strategies for enhancing diversity in our own communities through the use of educational systems, healthcare delivery systems, health service providers and the workforce,” said Perez-McCraw.

“As educators and physicians, we need to understand the changing demographics of our population, how that impacts medical practice, and how we train new physicians, emphasizing cultural competency and focusing on the needs of underserved communities,” said Daley.

Among the conference speakers are David Hayes-Bautista, Ph.D., Professor of Medicine at UCLA, who speaks Friday morning on “Health Status of Underserved Communities.” Michael Drake, M.D., Vice President for Health Affairs of the University of California will give the luncheon address.

Hood, who is managing partner for CareView Medical Group in San Diego, and co-founder and President of the Multicultural Primary Physician Medical Group, and founder of CompCare, will speak Friday on “Origins of Disparity: A Historical Perspective.” AAIP Secretary Laura A. Williams, M.D., M.P.H., Assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at UC Irvine College of Medicine, will speak on “Enhancing Diversity in Healthcare Delivery and Education: Existing Strategies.”

Roberto Gomez, M.D., Associate Dean of the Office of Cultural and Ethnic Programs, University of New Mexico, will moderate a panel on “Disparities and Multicultural Issues.” Conference workshops will cover a number of topics, including “Promoting Cultural Competency in Education,” “Lessons to be Learned from the Community and Business,” and “Models of Healthcare Delivery Systems in Diverse Communities.”

Approximately 100 registrants are expected to attend, including physicians, health professionals and medical students.

Event sponsors are the California Endowment, Community Health Group, Health Net, Aramark and Aetna U.S. Healthcare. The University of California Office of the President and the UCSD School of Medicine also provided support. John M. and Sally B. Thornton and the Thornton Winery contributed to the dinner event.

The conference is designated for 10.5 Continuing Medical Education credit hours. For information on conference registration, call toll free (888) 229-6263. 

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Media Contact: Leslie Franz

UCSD Health Sciences Communications Healthbeat