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AHRQ Hosts National Summit on Improving Health Care for All Americans

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Press Release Date: March 31, 2005

What: AHRQ's first national summit on health care quality and disparities will bring together national, State, and local experts to discuss ongoing national initiatives and lessons learned from local projects related to the quality of care measures in AHRQ's newly released 2004 National Healthcare Quality Report and 2004 National Healthcare Disparities Report.

When: April 4, 2005, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Where: Renaissance Washington DC Hotel, 999 9th Street, NW, Washington, DC

Who: Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D., Director, AHRQ, will provide an overview of the quality of American health care and will announce new state data available.

The Honorable Mike Huckabee, Governor of Arkansas, will discuss his personal story and key themes from his book, Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork.

Other experts will discuss promising national and local health care quality improvement initiatives and efforts to eliminate disparities in care. They include:

Janice Bacon, M.D., Director of Clinical Services, G.A.Carmichael Family Health Center, Canton, MS
Don Berwick, M.D., President and CEO, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Boston, MA
Janet Corrigan, Ph.D., Senior Board Director for Health Services, Institute of Medicine, Washington DC
Garth N. Graham, M.D., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC
Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D., President and CEO, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, NJ
Randall W. Maxey, M.D., Co-chair, Commission to End Health Care Disparities, Los Angeles, CA
John C. Nelson, M.D., President, American Medical Association, Chicago, IL
Robert J. Panzer, M.D., Chief Quality Officer, Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY
Elena Rios, M.D., President and CEO, National Hispanic Medical Association, Washington, DC
Jo Ellen H. Ross, President and CEO, Lumetra, San Francisco, CA
David Schulke, Executive Vice President, American Health Quality Association, Washington, DC
Edward J. Sondik, Ph.D., Director, National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Hyattsville, MD
Gary Yates, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Sentara Healthcare, Norfolk, VA

For more information, please contact AHRQ Public Affairs: (301) 427-1855 or (301) 427-1865.


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