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National Medical Association
Professional Development Series: Health & Wellness
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Inc.’s 48th Annual Legislative Conference

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Walter E. Washington Convention Center • Meeting Rooms 201-202 A&B
Washington, District of Columbia

Please join us for the National Medical Association (NMA)’s Professional Development Series at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF)’s Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 in Washington, DC.

The CBCF ALC is the leading policy conference on issues impacting African Americans and the global black community. During the ALC more than 9,000 thought leaders, legislators, healthcare professionals, and other attendees will address issues such as economic development, civil and social justice, education, and public health during its more than 70 policy forums.

The NMA Professional Development Series is a one day forum designed to enhance the educational underpinnings of physicians, healthcare providers, and all professionals interested in promoting health equity. The format will include panel and keynote presentations discussing inequities and disparities in key areas and systematic approaches to promote wellness through prevention and management of disease.


There are two registration package options:

  • Professional Development Series Package 1 (PDSNMA1 - $70.00) – a one day PDS only package to include:
    • PDS program content, breakfast, lunch, evening reception, conference bag and badge
    • admission to ALC national town hall on Sept 13th
    • admission to ALC exhibit hall September 13th – 15th

  • Professional Development Series Package 2 (PDSNMA2 - $225.00) – a one day PDS package to include:
    • PDS program content, breakfast, lunch, evening reception, conference bag and badge
    • individual ticket to General Session Luncheon, September 13th at 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
    • CBC Chair and Board of Director’s Reception, September 13th at 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    • admission to ALC policy forums, Sept 12th – 15th
    • admission to ALC national town hall on Sept 13th
    • admission to ALC exhibit hall September 13th – 15th
    • new attendee breakfast for first and second year attendees only, September 13t

To register please visit the CBCF ALC website:

  1. Enter your name and email and click next;
  2. Enter promo code PDSNMA1 or PDSNMA2 at the bottom of the Profile Information page after completing your contact information and click next;
  3. Complete the Demographics survey and click next;
  4. Select Professional Development Series on the Registration Options page and click next;
  5. Follow remaining prompts to compete the registration and payment.

For registration assistance please call 1-877-585-6018.


The conference will be held in meeting rooms 201 -202 AB at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center 801 Mt Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC. The NMA has a limited number of hotel rooms at the Morrison - Clark Hotel located approximately one block from the Convention Center. Please note Invited Speakers will be given priority for hotel accommodations. For additional information please call 202-347-1895.


Washington’s Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) is the closest airport to the Convention Center, and is located approximately six miles away. Travel time is approximately 25 minutes, depending on traffic.

The Mt. Vernon Square station on Metro’s yellow and green lines is the closest subway stop.


7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. NMA Professional Development Series
  Environmental Effects on Behavior and Violence
  Carl C. Bell, MD
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus
University of Illinois at Chicago School of Medicine
  Roger A. Mitchell Jr., MD
Chief Medical Examiner, Washington DC
  Transparency in Pharmaceutical Pricing
  Barbara L. McAneny, MD, MPA
President, American Medical Association
  David A. Balto, Esq.
The Coalition to Protect Patient Choice
  Obesity in African Americans and its Economic Impact
  Kristen E. Broady, PhD, MBA
Visiting Professor, Alabama A&M University
  Micheal G. Knight, MD, MSHP
Assistant Professor of Medicine
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
  Shaneeta M. Johnson, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine
  Featured Lunch Symposium
Movement is Life: Multi-disciplinary Coalition to Eliminate Disparities in Muscle and Joint Health
  The Honorable John Lewis (invited keynote)
U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 5th Congressional District
  Mary I. O’Connor, MD
Chair, Movement is Life
Director, Center for Musculoskeletal Care at Yale School of Medicine
  Randall C. Morgan Jr, MD, MBA
Executive Director, W. Montague Cobb/NMA Health Institute
  Bill Finerfrock
President, Capitol Associates
  Impact of Opioids in Urban Communities
  Kathleen (Kathie) Kane-Willis
Director of Policy and Advocacy, Chicago Urban League
  Charles DeShazer, MD
Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Highmark Health Plan
  Kimberly Jeffries Leonard, PhD
President, The Links Incorporated
  Controversies in Cancer Screening in African Americans
  Doris Browne, MD, MPH
Immediate Past President, National Medical Association
  The Impact of the Mid-term Congressional Elections on the Future of the Affordable Care Act and Medicare/Medicaid Programs?
  Brian D. Smedley, PhD
Executive Director, National Collaborative for Health Equity
  U. Michael Currie, MPH, MBA
Vice President, Health Equity Services, UnitedHelath Group
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. NMA Reception: Celebrating the Art & Science of Medicine


*Please check back for updates and additional details.


Please click here for additional information regarding exhibit and sponsorship opportunities: or contact Katarina Herrman at 856-344-3615 or email.


Click here to download a copy of the program flyer.


Click here to view photos from the 2017 NMA Professional Development Series at the CBCF ALC.

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