U.S. Rep. Rush Joins with the Congressional Black Caucus for Town Meeting on African American Health Disparities in Chicago

Jun 5, 2003
Press Release

Washington, DC ---- Congressman Bobby Rush and the Congressional Black Caucus will conduct a Town Hall Meeting on African American Health Disparities in Chicago in Hermann Hall, Illinois Institute of Technology, 3241 South Federal Street, Chicago on Sunday, June 8, 2003 @ 3:00PM.

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus in attendance include, John Conyers (MI), Danny Davis (IL.), Jesse L. Jackson, Jr., (IL.), and Elijah Cummings (MD.), Chairman, Congressional Black Caucus.

Last year, the Institute of Medicine released a study which confirmed once again that racial and ethnic minorities in the U.S., received lower quality healthcare than whites, even when their insurance and income levels are comparable. The Institute of Medicine reported that the "differences are pervasive."

Congressman Rush serves on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, which has jurisdiction through the Subcommittee on Health, over public health and quarantine, hospital construction, mental health and research, biomedical programs and health protection, including Medicaid and national health insurance, food and drugs.

The members of Congress on the Health Disparities Town Hall Meeting panel will take testimony from health officials such as, Dr. Eric Whitaker, Director, Illinois Department of Public Health; Mary Maryland, Director, Illinois Nurses Association, Dr. Javette Ordain, President African American health Council, Mr. Cory Hose, Office of the Secretary, Department of Health & Human Services, Dr. Neil E. Winston, President, Chicago Medical Society; Dr. William Johnson, President, National Medical Association, Dr. Dwight Jones, President, Amercaid HMO Plans - Illinois; Dr. Linda Murray, Director, Ambulatory Care, Cook County Hospital, and Dr. Trent Hayward, Director, Quality Assurance, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.

The Health Disparities Town Hall Meeting is opened to credentialed media. For more information, please call the First Congressional District Office @ 773/224.6500