WSSU Center to Co-Host National Health Conference on Innovative Intervention Strategies on September 13

Dr. Brian D. Smedley

Dr. Brian D. Smedley

Dr. Cedric Bright

Dr. Cedric Bright

Dr. Cynthia Williams Brown

Dr. Cynthia Williams

August 28, 2012

The Center of Excellence for the Elimination of Health Disparities at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) will host and co-sponsor the 13th Annual HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) and HIS (Hispanic Serving Institutions) Health Services Research Conference on September 13 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Anderson Conference Center on campus.

The conference, co-sponsored by the National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Research Network for Health Services and Health Disparities, will focus on a theme of “Innovative Intervention Strategies Across the Lifespan.”  There is no cost to attend, but registration is required by September 4 at

Dr. Brian D. Smedley, vice president and director of the Health Policy Institute at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington, D.C., and Dr. Cedric Bright, president of the National Medical Association, will be the keynote speakers.  Bright is associate professor in the Departments of Medicine and Community and Family Medicine at Duke University Medical Center and is a staff physician at the Durham Veterans Medical Center in Durham.  He also serves as president of the Old North State Medical Society and the Durham Academy of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy.

Additional presenters at the conference will include Dr. Cynthia Williams Brown, professor and chair of the Department of Human Performance and Sports Sciences at WSSU.  Brown will discuss the development and success of the STEPS program.  STEPS – Sisters Together Empowered for Prevention and Success – tackles the issue of developing healthier lifestyles to prevent heart disease, the number one cause of death for women. 

The National HBCU Research Network promotes opportunities that increase the capacity of HBCUs to develop and conduct quality health services research and outreach activities that address the health needs of African Americans and other underserved populations.
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