Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Partners With National Medical Association, Hosts Health Equity Professional Development Series

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) will partner with the National Medical Association (NMA) to present the Professional Development Series (PDS) on September 20, 2017 during CBCF’s 47th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC). The series, scheduled from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, provides a forum for medical and health professionals, including nurses, doctors, clinicians, and health policy experts, to participate in discussions to exchange best practices and develop strategic solutions to resolve many of the issues faced by today’s health professionals. Topics this year focus on sustaining health equity in the black community.

“We have made substantial strides in decreasing health disparities, and now more than ever it is imperative that our medical community looks at the current health care infrastructure to determine the best course forward for African Americans,” said A. Shuanise Washington, CBCF’s President and CEO. “We welcome this occasion to bring medical authorities together to create salient solutions and expand the possibilities of professional engagement at ALC.”

The National Medical Association is the leading voice of African American physicians and the collective force for parity and justice in medicine. NMA represents the interests of more than 50,000 African American physicians and seeks to eliminate disparities in health. During the series, association members will receive continuing medical education credits as certified by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). “The NMA is pleased to partner with the CBCF for the second consecutive year,” said Doris Browne, MD, NMA’s 118th NMA president. “This opportunity allows the NMA to join together with concerned partners to build a healthier nation and African-American community. The urgency is now for creating a culture of change in healthcare through coalition building.”

ALC has long been acknowledged as one of the most important policy gatherings of African American leaders in the nation. During ALC, attendees have an opportunity to interface with industry executives, community leaders, lawmakers and celebrities who are actively engaged on issues affecting diverse communities. Representatives Robin Kelly from Illinois and Marc…

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