WASHINGTON, May 5 – Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Work, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, announced today that the committee will meet at Morehouse on Friday, May 12. We announced that we will hold a field roundtable. At the Atlanta School of Medicine, Historically Black College (HBCU) School of Medicine leaders and other medical professionals will work to address the health care crisis in the United States, increase the number of Black Americans in health care, and increase access to health care. We discussed ways to increase access. Provide primary care and improve the health of black people.
The event will be the first field roundtable that Sanders will host as chair of the HELP Committee and will feature statements from Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, President and CEO of Morehouse College of Medicine. Dr. Janet Southpole, Senior Vice-Chancellor and President of Meharry College of Medicine. Hugh E. Mighty, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Health Affairs, Howard University. He is Dr. David Carlisle, President and CEO of Charles R. Drew University. Dr. David J. Skorton, President and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges.
Despite making up 13% of the US population, blacks make up only 5% of US doctors. HBCU medical colleges have played a key role in addressing this disparity, producing her 10% of all black medical college graduates in 2019. Today, fewer than 1 in 10 of her medical school graduates are black, despite a growing body of research showing that increasing racial diversity in healthcare workers can reduce the gap between blacks and whites in life expectancy. . Furthermore, the difference in median earnings between black and white doctors is unacceptably large, with a black doctor earning on average $50,000 less than a white doctor, and a black female doctor earning nearly $100,000 more than a male doctor. less.
The HELP Commission Field Roundtable, from Chair Sanders’ efforts to address the nation’s health worker shortage and lower the cost of insulin, cancer drugs, and all prescription drugs, to union support. We are committed to ensuring quality and affordable health care for all, from people to people. Expand access to primary care and address the youth mental health crisis.
what: HELP Commission Field Roundtable, “How Can We Improve Diversity and Address Shortages in Health Care Workers? Conversations with Historically Black College Leaders and Students.”
when: Friday, May 12, 2023 at 10:00 AM ET
where: Morehouse College of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia. The event will also be streamed live on the HELP Commission website and Sanders’ social media. page.
- Senator Bernie Sanders, Senate Help Committee Chair
- Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, President and CEO, Morehouse College of Medicine
- Dr. Janet Southpole, Executive Vice President and President of Meharry Medical College
- Dr. Hugh E. Mighty, Senior Vice President for Health Affairs, Howard University
- Dr. David Carlisle, President and CEO of Charles R. Drew University
- Dr. David J. Skorton, President and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges