University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations

March 16, 2006
Contact: Joy Washington, USA Office of Public Relations, (251) 460-6638

Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher Speaks at Forum for USA Center for Healthy Communities EXPORT Center

The University of South Alabama Center for Healthy Communities Export Center is sponsoring a health forum for the faith community, “Healthy Souls in Healthy Bodies: Empowering the Community,” 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, April 1 at the Mount Hebron Baptist Church, 2531 Berkley Ave. in Mobile. Admission is free and lunch will be provided. The deadline to register for the forum is Friday, March 24.

The health forum is part of the USA Center for Healthy Communities EXPORT Center efforts to address health disparities experienced by individuals in the inner city of Mobile and adjacent areas.

Some of the forum topics are “Health Disparities,” “Affordable Healthcare,” “Project Power” and “Prescription Drug Assistance Programs.”

Dr. David Satcher

Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher, director for the National Center for Primary Care at the Morehouse School of Medicine, will serve as the keynote speaker.

Satcher was sworn in as the 16th Surgeon General of the United States in February of 1998. He also served as assistant secretary for health from February 1998 to January 2001, making him the second person in history to have held both positions of surgeon general and assistant secretary of health simultaneously.

As surgeon general and assistant secretary for health, Satcher led the department’s effort to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health, an initiative that was incorporated as one of the two major goals of Healthy People 2010, the nation’s health agenda for the next 10 years.

Satcher served as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and administrator for the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. He also served as President of Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn., and was professor and chair of the department of community medicine and family practice at Morehouse School of Medicine. Satcher also served on the faculty of the UCLA School of Medicine and Public Health and the King-Drew Medical Center in Los Angeles.

A recipient of more than 25 honorary degrees and numerous distinguished honors, Satcher is a former Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and Macy Faculty Fellow. He is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society. He received his medical and doctoral degrees from Case Western Reserve University with election into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society.

CEUs will be offered to registered nurses and social workers attending the USA EXPORT Center forum. For more information, or to register call FeAunte Preyear at 470-1687.

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