Pennsylvania Secretary of Health to Panel Health Workshop During NAACP Leadership 500 Summit

A discussion in search of a 'prescription for change' in health research, technology and systems

Dr. Calvin B. Johnson, Secretary of Health, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, will be one of the distinguished panelists at a health symposium during the NAACP Leadership 500 Summit May 26-29 in Destin, Fla.

The panel will conduct a workshop titled You're Fired, Is it Your DNA, HMO, or You, and will feature leading representatives in the health industry who will address the state of African American health and the impact of policies and practices that perpetuate race based disparities.

"This is a great opportunity to partner with the NAACP to raise awareness on the issue of health disparities. African-Americans continue to experience significantly higher rates of disease, injury and death when compared to other groups. At the Pennsylvania Department of Health, we have made the elimination of health disparities a top priority and an integral part of our strategic plan to improve the health of all Pennsylvanians," said Dr. Johnson.

Dr. Johnson, a board certified pediatrician, currently manages health needs assessment, resource development and provides leadership in the areas of health planning and policy development in Pennsylvania. Dr. Johnson will join the panel in providing strategies to address inequalities in the system relevant to the minority community.

A native of Washington, DC, Dr. Johnson was raised in Philadelphia. He is a graduate of Morehouse College and holds a medical degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a master's degree in public health from The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health.

Dr. Johnson served for twelve years as a physician in the U.S. Army Reserve National Guard and currently sits on many boards and committees including Physicians for Social Responsibility and Philadelphia Inter-disciplinary Youth Fatality Review.

Founded in 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its half-million adult and youth members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities and monitor equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

CONTACT: NAACP Office of Communications 410.580.5125

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