The University of Virginia Symposium on Race and Society (SYMRS) is an annual conference engaging academic professionals on social, cultural, and political topics as they relate to the meeting's theme. The theme for 2007 is At The Crossroads: The Racial Implications of America's Health Care Crisis. The event's success will be judged on our ability to increase understanding on the racial dynamics in health care and our ability to mobilize people make an impact on the crisis.
This gathering will provide an opportunity for all members of the community to voice their perspectives on the racial implications of health disparities in America.
Sunday September 30
Monday October 1 and Tuesday October 2
Monday evening, an award ceremony will highlight individuals taking action to improve community health and reduce health disparities. Highlight of evening will be the Vivian Pinn Award Lecture "Disparity Vulnerability" presented by Chester Pierce, MD, Professor of Education and Psychiatry, Emeritus, Harvard University .
Closing the Symposiums' first powerful day will be a screening of Scott MacTavish's documentary SUMMER RUNNING: The Race To Cure Breast Cancer. SUMMER RUNNING is a highly acclaimed and uplifting documentary about courageous women who wage very different fights against breast cancer. The film includes an introduction by Oscar-winning actress Sissy Spacek and profiles the astonishing work done by researchers and doctors from The University of Virginia, Johns Hopkins University and the nation's leading private research facilities.
Sunday September 30 to Tuesday October 2
A collection of notable papers will be published to increase awareness and discussion on these key issues.
The Conference Registration is FREE and includes refreshments at each Symposium event including the Awards Reception. All members of the community are welcome. Register by email at firstname.lastname@example.org . Please include your Name, Address and Affiliation.
All contributions to the event will be donated to community-based programs working to eliminate health disparities. If you would like to make a contribution please contact Leslie Beller at email@example.com or call (434) 243-9542.
Chester Pierce, MD, Professor of Education and Psychiatry, Emeritus, Harvard University .
Daren Anderson, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Community Health Center, Inc., Middletown, CT; Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at Yale School of Medicine; and Principle Investigator, RWJ Project for Advancing Diabetes Self-Management
Ms. Yvette Highsmith-Francis, Site Director, Community Health Center, Inc., Middletown , CT
This event is made possible through the generous support of the following organizations:
(Listed in order of sponsorship contribution)