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Health Disparity Briefing
The Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC), Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA), and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) recently co-hosted a congressional briefing on achieving health equity.
Representative Bobby L. Rush served as the honorary host. Dr. Gary H. Gibbons, MD, Director of the National Heart,Lung,and Blood Institute (NHLBI), was the keynote speaker. Dr. Gibbons outlined the NHLBI’s strategic roadmap for addressing health care disparities. Additional speakers for the event included Orlando G. Jones Jr., legislative assistant in the office of Representative Rush; Boisey Barnes, MD, founding member and Board of Trustees member of the ABC; Kim Allan Williams, MD, past ABC Board Chair and current American College of Cardiology Vice President; Sandra M. Swain, MD, immediate past president of ASCO; and Joseph A. Hill, MD, PhD, Advocacy Chair of HFSA.
Each speaker focused on the important role of research in order to address health care disparities in cancer and heart failure. In addition, attendees received Issue Briefs on the need for increased research funding, the role of quality initiatives in improving care, the need for a culturally diverse health care workforce, and the importance of the upcoming reintroduction of the Health Equity and Accountability Act.
Article content courtesy of the Association of Black Cardiologists.