Waltham, Mass. – March 11 – The Massachusetts Medical Society will conduct a program on the impact of health care reform on minority populations on Thursday, March 26 in the Hiebert Lounge, at the Boston University School of Medicine, 14th Floor, 715 Albany Street, Boston.

The session, «The Impact of Health Care Reform on Minority Populations and Their Providers,» will take place from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. and is one of the Medical Society’s Continuing Medical Education programs offered for physicians and health care professionals. The session is sponsored by the Medical Society and its Committee on Diversity in Medicine, in collaboration with the Boston University Medical Campus and the Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Media are welcome to attend free. Please contact Richard Gulla in the MMS media relations office by telephone at 781-434-7101 or by e-mail at rgulla@mms.org. prior to the date of the program.

The program, developed for health providers to address the needs of minority populations, will examine several areas: workforce diversity in Massachusetts, the impact of insurance on disparities, the progress of health care reform in the state, legislative challenges of health care reform, and the impact of health care reform on the primary care physicians.

Program participants include:

Milagros Abreu, M.D., M.P.H, Assistant Research Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health;

Nicolaos V. Athienites, M.D.,
Kidney Disease Specialist, Renal Medical Care, Brockton;

Michael Chin, M.D., Senior Policy Analyst, Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector;

Alice A. Tolbert Coombs, M.D., F.A.C.P., Vice President, Massachusetts Medical Society and Critical Care Specialist, South Shore Hospital and Anesthesiologist, South Shore Anesthesia Associates;

Ronald W. Dunlap, M.D.,
Chair of the MMS Committee on Diversity in Medicine and Cardiologist at South Shore Cardiology;

Damian Folch, M.D.,
Family Practice Physician, Chelmsford;

Alexander R. Green, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Director, Disparities Solutions Center; Co-Chair, Cross Cultural Care Committee, Harvard Medical School;

Nancy Kressin, Ph.D.,
Director, Healthcare Disparities Research Program and Associate Professor, Section of General Internal Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine;

Lenny Lopez, M.D., M.P.H., Assistant in Health Policy, Institute for Health Policy, Massachusetts General Hospital and Associate Physician, Brigham and Women’s Hospital;

Byron Rushing, State Representative and Second Assistant Majority Leader, Massachusetts House of Representatives;

Joyce A, Sackey, M.D., Dean of Multicultural Affairs and Global Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine; and

Joel S. Weissman, Ph.D., Senior Health policy Advisor to the Secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The Massachusetts Medical Society, with more than 21,000 physicians and student members, is dedicated to educating and advocating for the patients and physicians of Massachusetts. The Society publishes the New England Journal of Medicine, a leading global medical journal and web site, and Journal Watch alerts and newsletters covering 12 specialties. The Society is also a leader in continuing medical education for health car

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