“The NMA continues to exert leadership in the area of health policy and to advocate for pressing issues for all US citizens but particularly vulnerable populations with rampant health disparities,”
This year’s NMA Annual Health Policy Colloquium occurs at a pivotal time in this nation’s history. The United States Supreme Court will be hearing oral arguments on the Affordable Care Act during the Colloquium week, and the planned Colloquium agenda will feature sessions discussing topics relevant to this historic debate. Several high level and notable participants are expected to attend the weekend long conference which features presentations by numerous medical experts, policy makers and industry leaders. The Colloquium will include issues such as: Health Equity and Social Determinants of Health, The Affordable Care Act and its implementation, health disparities in various diseases/conditions, the need for increased minority participation in clinical trials, and other important issues that impact millions of lives.
“We are excited about the energy and commitment that our physician leaders from across the nation are bringing to the nation’s capital,” said Dr. Bright. “We will end the colloquium with visits to Capitol Hill and have scheduled meetings with elected officials as we directly advocate for the patients that we serve. Physicians will be clad in their white coats as we walk the halls of the capital as a reminder of our commitment to this sacred profession and the trust that our patients give us with their very lives.”
This event is part of a strategic agenda of the NMA which continues to advance and advocate for the elimination of health disparities. The NMA will announce the launch of a major hepatitis C campaign during this year’s Colloquium. This major undertaking is a yearly focus of the NMA and is supported in part by organizations/
The NMA will continue to advocate for underserved patients and will maintain this dialogue during NMA’s Convention slated for July 28 through August 1, 2012 - New Orleans, Louisiana. The NMA hopes that other organizations will join them in their ongoing health initiatives which focus on minorities.
Founded in 1895, the National Medical Association is the nation’s oldest and largest medical association representing the interests of more than 50,000 African American physicians and their patients. The NMA repeatedly advocates for policies that would assure equitable and quality health care for all people. www.nmanet.org