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It gives us great pleasure to invite you to join us and other stakeholders at the 2016 Health Policy Colloquium. This event,  True North toward Health Care Equity: Clinical, Policy, and Social Determinants,  will be held as follows:

March 4-6, 2016
The Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center

201 Waterfront Street

National Harbor, Maryland

At this two-day forum, population health experts will address many of the pressing issues facing patients, health care providers and community leaders. The forum will offer you an opportunity to collaborate and share with stakeholders to address access to essential services. The focus of the event will be on clinical, policy, and social determinants of health and impact on individual opportunities to earn a good living, live and work in a safe and healthy environment, and effectively use available social service and health care resources to optimize and maximize health care and disease prevention. Additionally, our signature NMA Awards will also be presented to leaders in health equity.


Click here to register online.

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• Describe challenges facing health care in African Americans.
• Discuss educational initiatives for clinicians, administrators, policy makers, and other community stakeholders.
• Describe strategies for design, implementation, and assessment of heath care programs specific for diverse communities.
• Examine the impact of patient and community advocates in health care transformation.
• Examine the role of government and policy makers in health care determinants.
• Describe examples of specific healthcare programs and best practices.

The symposium will bring together health care providers, payers, the pharmaceutical industry, technology and solution companies, academia, government and civic leaders, as well as patient advocates and community leaders to share information and best practices. Among many others, you will hear from:

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  • Benjamin L. Crump, President, National Bar Association Parks & Crump, LLC Attorney to the Families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown
  • Thomas L. LaVeist, Ph.D., Chairman, Department of Health Policy and Management,  Milkin Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University
  • Marc A. Nivet, Ed.D., Chief Diversity Officer, Association of American Medical Colleges
  • Karen Carter Peterson, Louisiana State Senator; Chairwoman,  Louisiana Democratic Party
  • Eliseo Perez Stable, M.D., Director, National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities
  • Louis W. Sullivan, M.D., U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services 1989–1993 President Emeritus, Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Alexis Thompson, M.D., M.P.H., American Society of Hematology, Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University
  • Leana S. Wen, M.D., Health Commissioner, Baltimore City Health Department
  • Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA, President and CEO, Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health
  • Wayne J. Riley, MD, MPH, MBA, Adjunct Professor of Healthcare Management, Vanderbilt University; President, American College of Physicians


Friday MARCH 4

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

  • Welcome Reception



7:00 am – 4:15pm

  • Registration, Breakfast and Networking with Exhibitors
  • Welcome and Opening Presentations
  • Violence and Its Impact on Health Policy 
  • Affordable Care Act, Quality Improvements and Its Impact on Healthcare


  • Keynote Presentation


  • Patient Advocacy, Public Policy and Health Policy

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

  • Reception and Gala Awards Dinner



7:00 am – 11:00 am

  • Breakfast
  • Diversity in Medical Education
  • Keynote Presentations
  • Adjourn – Closing Remarks


House of Delegates meeting will immediately follow the Colloquium (for NMA Delegates only)

The NMA promotes the collective interests of physicians and patients of African descent. We carry out this mission by serving as the collective voice of physicians of African descent and a leading force for parity in medicine, elimination of health disparities and promotion of optimal health.

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