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UVa symposium on race and society to be held Sept. 30 to Oct. 2

At the Crossroads: The Racial Implications of America's Health Care Crisis

University of Virginia Health System

Charlottesville, Va. -- Does race matter when it comes to health care in the United States?"

This topic is the main focus of the 2007 University of Virginia Symposium on Race and Society. The three-day event, from Sunday, Sept. 30, to Tuesday, October 2, is hosted by the University of Virginia Health System.

"We recognize the need for the University of Virginia to take a leadership role in facilitating the discussion on health care disparities in this country," says Dr. Norman Oliver, director of the University of Virginia Center on Health Disparities. "We mean to begin a thoughtful evidence-based discussion into how the benefits of the American health care system are shared unequally and how we, as members of the debate, can take action for greater health equity."

The theme for 2007 is At The Crossroads: The Racial Implications of America's Health Care Crisis. Physicians, scholars, students and concerned citizens from across the nation will participate in interactive sessions on cancer, diabetes and HIV.

The symposium will launch with a Candlelight Memorial Vigil from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30, on the steps of the University of Virginia Rotunda. The vigil is in honor of those who have lost their lives to difficulties in obtaining care that are traceable to health disparities.

Dr. Chester Pierce, professor of education and psychiatry emeritus from Harvard University, will give the 2007 Vivian Pinn Distinguished Lecturer's Award at 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 1 in the Jordan Hall Conference Center Auditorium. This award honors lifetime achievement in the field of health disparities.

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All of the events are free and open to the public.

***Interested media are asked to contact David Foreman (434-924-2242 or davidforeman@virginia.edu) for press credentials.***

Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007
5-7 p.m. Candlelight Vigil
This event will take place on the front steps of the University of Virginia Rotunda. The Rotunda is located at the corner of University Avenue and Rugby Road on the main campus of the University of Virginia. Directions.

Monday, Oct. 1, 2007
8- 9 a.m. Symposium Registration
University Of Virginia Medical Center, Jordan Hall Conference Center Lobby
Continental Breakfast

9-12 p.m. Morning Session
Symposium Session on Cancer
University Of Virginia Medical Center, Jordan Hall Conference Center Auditorium
Break Refreshments

1:30- 4:30 p.m. Afternoon Session
Symposium Session on Diabetes
University Of Virginia Medical Center, Jordan Hall Conference Center Auditorium
Break Refreshments

5-6 p.m. Vivian Pinn Award Lecture "Disparity Vulnerability"
Chester Pierce, MD, Professor of Education and Psychiatry, Emeritus, Harvard University
University Of Virginia Medical Center, Jordan Hall Conference Center Auditorium

6-6:45 p.m. Awards Ceremony
Highlighting Health Advocacy Achievements In Our Community
University Of Virginia Medical Center, Jordan Hall Conference Center Auditorium

6:45-8 p.m. Awards Networking Reception
University Of Virginia Medical Center, Jordan Hall Conference Center Lobby & Atrium
Party Refreshments

7:45-9:30 p.m. Screening of SUMMER RUNNING: The Race To Cure Breast Cancer.
A highly acclaimed and uplifting documentary about courageous women who wage very different fights against breast cancer. Produced and directed by filmmaker Scott Mactavish.

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2007
8-9 a.m. Symposium Registration
University Of Virginia Medical Center, Jordan Hall Conference Center Lobby
Continental Breakfast

9-12 p.m. Morning Session
Symposium Session on HIV
University Of Virginia Medical Center, Jordan Hall Conference Center Auditorium
Break Refreshments

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