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Media Advisories

August 16, 2007 Contact: AoA Press Office
(202) 357-3507

HHS Holds Minority Women's Health Summit to Address Health Disparities

WASHINGTON, DC—The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health (OWH) is holding the third Minority Women's Health Summit to address health disparities among women of color. The Summit will bring together public health advocates, community- and faith-based leaders, minority women's health coalition directors and consumers to share experiences, highlight successful programs and provide action-oriented strategies.


Women of Color: Addressing Disparities, Affirming Resilience, and Developing Strategies for Success will address health disparities among minority women and feature workshops on topics such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, breast health, diabetes, human trafficking and mental health. The opening plenary session, From the Eyes of Women: Disaster Response, Recovery and Resilience , will focus on emergency preparedness and the unique concerns for minority women when disaster strikes.




To f ocus on the often unrecognized threats to health experienced by women of color and highlight successful models of health promotion and prevention.




August 23-26




Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington , D.C.




Speakers at the Minority Women's Health Summit include:


Josefina G. Carbonell , Assistant Secretary for Aging , U.S. Department of Health and Human Services



Wanda Jones , Dr.P.H., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health and Director of the Office on Women's Health



Tamara Yang Demko , Esq. Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Florida Department of Health



Cheryll Bowers-Stephens , M.D., MBA, former Assistant Secretary for the Office of Mental Health in the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals



Marsha Lillie-Blanton , Dr.P.H., Vice President, Kaiser Family Foundation

For more information about the Minority Women's Health Summit, to view the summit agenda and to access information about the speakers, visit  , or call the Office on Women's Health at 1-800-994-9662.