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A Personal Perspective on Race, Opportunity and the U.S. Health System

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Air date: Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 2:00:00 PM
Time displayed is Eastern Time, Washington DC Local
Views: Total views: 477, (250 Live, 227 On-demand)
Category: History of Medicine
Runtime: 01:23:14
Description: In this presentation, Dr. Sullivan relates his life story, growing up in rural Georgia during the period of legally-sanctioned and enforced racial segregation and the impact it had on him, his family, and on the black community.

He was inspired to become a physician when, at age 5, he met the only black physician in Southwest Georgia.

After becoming a hematologist and professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, he went on to found the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, followed by an appointment as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services in the administration of George H.W. Bush.

Dr. Sullivan developed a number of initiatives to increase racial, ethnic and gender diversity in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and in the nation’s health workforce.

Throughout his career, Sullivan has worked to improve the effectiveness of the U.S. health system, and the diversity of its workforce. The elimination of disparities in health care, which exists between whites and the nation’s underserved minorities is an on-going priority of Dr. Sullivan. Progress to-date and remaining challenges will be discussed.

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NLM Title: A personal perspective on race, opportunity, and the U.S. health system / Louis W. Sullivan.
Author: National Institutes of Health (U.S.),
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Abstract: (CIT): In this presentation, Dr. Sullivan relates his life story, growing up in rural Georgia during the period of legally-sanctioned and enforced racial segregation and the impact it had on him, his family, and on the black community. He was inspired to become a physician when, at age 5, he met the only black physician in Southwest Georgia. After becoming a hematologist and professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, he went on to found the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, followed by an appointment as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services in the administration of George H.W. Bush. Dr. Sullivan developed a number of initiatives to increase racial, ethnic and gender diversity in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and in the nation's health workforce. Throughout his career, Sullivan has worked to improve the effectiveness of the U.S. health system, and the diversity of its workforce. The elimination of disparities in health care, which exists between whites and the nation's underserved minorities is an on-going priority of Dr. Sullivan. Progress to-date and remaining challenges will be discussed.
Subjects: Healthcare Disparities
Minority Health
Physicians
Politics
Racism--prevention & control
United States Government Agencies
United States
Publication Types: Personal Narratives
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NLM Classification: WZ 100
NLM ID: 101696067
CIT Live ID: 19739
Permanent link: https://videocast.nih.gov/launch.asp?19912