Media Advisory: Public Health Experts Share Strategies For Eliminating Health Disparities

ALBANY, N.Y. (Jan. 12, 2009) - More than 200 state and national public health leaders will gather in Albany on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Campus Center Ballroom, University at Albany, to share effective strategies for improving the health status of minorities and low-income New Yorkers, who are disproportionately affected by many diseases and health conditions and experience shorter life spans.

News media may attend parts or all of the two-day Summit on Minority Health Disparities, which will bring together leaders of public health, health care, and advocacy organizations from across the state to begin the initial steps in the development of a comprehensive action plan to eliminate health disparities in New York State.

A special press availability will be held at noon on Tuesday at which time summit speakers will answer questions and participate in interviews.

Who

Press availability with State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D; Deborah Bachrach, Deputy Commissioner, Office of Health Insurance Programs; Richard G. Younge, M.D., MPH, Assistant Professor Clinical Medicine, Center for Family and Community Medicine, Columbia U. Medical Center; Ann Monroe, President, Community Health Foundation of Western and Central New York, and other experts.

What

Discuss efforts to improve the health of minorities and low-income New Yorkers disproportionately affected by serious health problems.

Where

Campus Center Ballroom, University at Albany, 1400 Washington Ave., Albany

When

Tuesday, January 13, at noon