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Symposium on Race & Society
In Katrina's Wake: Racial Implications of the New Orleans Disaster. November 2-4 2006, Charlottesville Virginia

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

American Health CareThe University of Virginia welcomes you to our community of concerned physicians, scholars, students and citizens engaged in a constant effort to eliminate health disparities. The 2007 Symposium on Race and Society At The Crossroads: Racial Implications of America's Health Care Crisis seeks to engage all persons and organizations eager to make an impact on America 's health care crisis.

From Sunday September 30 to Tuesday October 2, you will be treated to an in-depth investigation into the complex forces that generate health disparities in America . Primary themes include Social Justice, Social Determinants of Health, Marginalized Populations, Research and Intervention. Our core conference on Monday and Tuesday will focus on three major diseases: Cancer, Diabetes and HIV. Physicians, scholars, and community members from across the nation will look at each disease from multiple perspectives, discussing its unique racial bearing.

Unlike traditional medical conferences, our goal is not to present new clinical innovations in the treatment of disease. We mean to begin a thoughtful evidence-based discussion into how the benefits of the American health care system are shared unequally and how we, as member of the debate, can take action for greater health equity.

This event is part of a new tradition at the University started in 2006 by the Office for Diversity and Equity with In Katrina's Wake: Racial Implications of the New Orleans Disaster. The series demonstrates that, as one of America 's leading institutions of higher education, the University of Virginia recognizes its responsibility to facilitate discussion and analyses of important social issues. The University of Virginia Health System is proud to be carrying the discussion into the health care arena.

Registration for this event is FREE. Please complete the registration process right away. We have a limited number of spaces available and you want to be certain that one of them will be held for you. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us by phone or e-mail.

We look forward to welcoming you on September 30.


The 2007 Symposium Organizing Committee

This event is made possible through the generous support of the following organizations:

Corporate Partner: Pfizer Public Health and Policy Group

Community Partner: The Quality Community Council

University Partners:
University of Virginia Department of Family Medicine
University of Virginia Medical Center
University of Virginia School of Medicine
Master of Public Health Program
University of Virginia School of Nursing

(Listed in order of sponsorship contribution)

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