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February 09, 2005

By Gary A. Puckrein, PhD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | February 8, 2005


Contact: Cleve Mesidor (202) 223-7560

Foundation to Implement Interventions in Congressional Districts

In collaboration with Newt Gingrich, Former U.S. Speaker of the House and Founder of the Center for Health Transformation, and Peter Deutsch, former U.S. Representative from Florida, the National Minority Health Month Foundation (NMHMF) announced today at a press conference in Washington, D.C., the formation of the Congressional Leadership Alliance to Eliminate Health Disparities.

This Congressional Leadership Alliance is a pioneering, bipartisan initiative which will bring new resources to Congressional Districts to support their efforts to eliminate minority health disparities, said Dr. Gary Puckrein, Executive Director, NMHMF. Launching this program is an important first step in our campaign to improve health outcomes in communities through innovation and cooperation.

The Congressional Leadership Alliance will utilize sound research and timely data to quantify and identify the prevalence of chronic illnesses that disproportionately affect Hispanics and Latinos, African Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans and Pacific Islanders in targeted Congressional Districts in order to make critical recommendations for forward thinking results.

Working collaboratively, we can bring about a healthier America by closing the health gap in minority communities, said Gingrich. I applaud the work of the Foundation and their vision in bringing together the stakeholders to tackle this important issue. 

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About The Forum

The National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, non-partisan, independent research and education organization. The vision of NMQF is a health services research, delivery and financing system that provides quality and effective health services to the biodiverse American general population of the 21st century. NMQF helps assure that national and local quality improvement initiatives are informed by scientific evidence, and place a priority on the quality of care and patient outcomes in all populations.