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Clyburn Lecture features Camara Jones as keynote speaker

March 1, 2016

The Arnold School’s Institute for Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities, the Department of Health Services Policy and Management and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s Office of Minority Health will host the 9th annual James E. Clyburn Health Disparities Lecture, which is free and open to the public, on Friday, April 1 at 10 a.m. at theUniversity of South Carolina Alumni Center (900 Senate St. Columbia, S.C. 29201). The theme of the program is 100 Years of Health Disparities: Is There the Will to Improve the Health Status of All? This year, the Clyburn Lecture will feature Camara Jones, MD, Ph.D., President of the American Public Health Association and Senior Fellow at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at the Morehouse School of Medicine, as the keynote speaker.

Serving in dual roles as family physician and epidemiologist, Jones’ work focuses on the impact of racism on the health and well-being of the nation. Her contributions to this area help broaden the national health debate to include universal access to high quality health care and address social determinants of health and equity. Jones not only identifies race-associated differences in health outcomes but moves beyond documentation to investigate the structural causes of these differences.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology from Wellesley College, a doctor of medicine degree from Stanford University School of Medicine, and master of public health and doctor of philosophy (epidemiology) degrees from Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. Jones completed residencies in general preventive medicine at Johns Hopkins as well and in family practice at the Residency Program in Social Medicine in New York.

Congressman James E. Clyburn, along with Senator Ernest F. Hollings, was instrumental in securing funding to establish the Institute for Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities in 2003. The Clyburn Lecture was created by the Institute to honor Congressman Clyburn, and it serves as a mechanism to allow national and regional health disparities researchers, public health researchers, practice professionals, policy makers and community leaders to share their findings, best practices and lessons learned with students, faculty and the community. These exchanges aim to facilitate research and community engagement efforts focused on reducing and eliminating health disparities. Since its inception, the Clyburn Lecture has been well attended by local government officials, the university's faculty, staff and students and the community.

Students, faculty, staff and members of other academic institutions or community organizations are invited to submit abstracts by Friday, March 11 for consideration in a poster session. Abstracts should be 300 words or less and describe health disparities research or practice, particularly in the areas of the science of health disparities, social justice and special populations. The poster session will include a limited number of selected abstracts and will be held during the reception immediately following the lecture.

For more information or questions about the 2016 Clyburn Lecture, please contact Gwen Preston, Assistant Director for the Institute for Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities. For more information about the poster session, contact Lucy Annang Ingram ( 

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