Saturday, June 13, 2015, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.,
The University of Connecticut, Keller Auditorium
263 Farmington Ave., Farmington, CT 06030
Gala at 6:00 p.m., Hartford Marriott Downtown
Summit Welcome Reception sponsored by Springer at 7:00 p.m., UConn Courtyard (Weather Permitting).
From the beginning, Dr. Louis W. Sullivan was intimate with the human cycle of life and death. Growing up in Jim Crow Georgia as the son of a mortician, he said, “even death was segregated.” His father was the only African-American undertaker in the small town of Blakely, Ga., owning the funeral home and providing a respectful burial to residents who would otherwise be subjected to back entrances and a mule-driven hearse from a white mortician.
Dr. Sullivan described the realities of the shameful era: “Every way you could find to push back against that segregation, that indignity, was of value. I would help a colleague of my father’s named Dr. Joseph Griffin, the only local black doctor serving black patients. Even at 5 years old, this doctor made a huge impression on me. When you opened the door to his clinic, there was a pungent smell of ether, and his mysterious green scrubs are imprinted upon my memory. This man had the power to cure people, to do things other people couldn’t do. I knew from that time I would become a doctor.”
For Immediate Release
Dr. Louis W. Sullivan Autobiography to be Featured on “News One Now”
Washington, DC –Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and President Emeritus of Morehouse School of Medicine Louis W. Sullivan, MD, will be a featured guest on “News One Now.”
The live, nationally-televised program is hosted by TV One anchor Roland Martin. Sullivan’s award-winning autobiography, “Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine” will be the focus of discussion. The televised segment will air April 24, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. EDT.
At 10 a.m. EDT, immediately following the television segment, the discussion on “Breaking Ground” will continue in-depth as part of Roland Martin’s national radio program.
The book won the 2015 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - biography/autobiography
Authored by Louis W. Sullivan, M.D. (with David Chanoff), and published by the University of Georgia Press, “Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine” chronicles Sullivan’s rise from a childhood in the Jim Crow South to become a physician, founding dean of Morehouse School of Medicine -- the first predominantly black medical school established in the 20th Century -- and to serve as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Cabinet of President George H.W. Bush from 1989-1993.
Dr. Sullivan serves as chairman of the board of the National Health Museum in Atlanta, Georgia, whose goal is to improve the health of Americans by enhancing health literacy and advancing healthy behaviors. He also is chairman of the Washington, D.C.-based Sullivan Alliance to Transform the Health Professions -- a national non-profit organization with a community-focused agenda to diversify and transform health professions’ education and health delivery systems. He served as chair of the President’s Commission on Historically Black Colleges and Universities from 2002-2009, and was co-chair of the President’s Commission on HIV and AIDS from 2001-2006.
While the 21st century has produced advances in public health, medical research and therapies, there is still work to be done to improve the health of our minority population, said former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Louis Sullivan, M.D., at the UMKC School of Medicine. Sullivan was the keynote speaker at school’s 10th annual Dr. Reaner and Mr. Henry Shannon Lecture in Minority Health on Feb. 27.
“The greatest advances in the health of our population will occur if we are successful in engaging our patients to be partners in improving their health literacy and having them become partners not only in their health care, but more importantly, in staying healthy,” Sullivan said in his lecture, The State of Diversity 1965-2015.
Sullivan said that it is vital that the United States improve on the diversity of its health care workforce in order to improve the health literacy of the underserved and minority population. That, in turn, Sullivan said, will produce a stronger, more vibrant and more healthy nation.
A Tribute to Donald R. Keough
Louis W. Sullivan, MD
President Emeritus, Morehouse School of Medicine
Morehouse School of Medicine was founded by Morehouse College on April 2, 1975.
The Charter Class of 24 medial students was enrolled on September 12, 1978 with classes held in the educational facilities of Morehouse College.
The first formal fund-raising campaign of the Morehouse School of Medicine was launched in the fall of 1978, with Donald R. Keough, President of the Coca Cola Company, as Campaign Chairman. The campaign’s financial goal was $1.5 million, to match a construction grant of $5.0 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for construction of the medical school’s basic medical sciences building.
Working with the advancement firm, Haas, Cox and Alexander, Don hosted a luncheon at Coca Cola’s headquarters for an impressive group of Atlanta’s business leaders. They raised more than $2.0 million in Atlanta over the next six months.
Because of Don’s leadership, Morehouse School of Medicine was able to construct its first facility, the Hugh M. Gloster Basic Medical Sciences Building, which today houses classrooms and laboratories for the educational activities in the first two years of medical school, in addition to faculty offices and research laboratories.
This successful campaign gave local and national credibility to the new Morehouse School of Medicine, developed the institution’s ties to the Atlanta business and philanthropic communities and enabled the institution to move into its own facilities. The speaker at the building’s dedication in July, 1982 was Vice President George H.W. Bush.
We were saddened to learn about Donald’s passing on Tuesday, February 24. An important part of Don’s impressive legacy is the firm foundation he contributed to Morehouse School of Medicine.
As president emeritus of Morehouse School of Medicine, I wish to express my gratitude to Don Keough, who helped in the early development of the institution, the only predominantly African American four year school of medicine founded in the United States in the twentieth century. Today, the institution has programs leading to degrees in medicine, public health and biomedical research. There are more than 1,000 physician alumni, in addition to graduates from its masters of public health program and its PhD programs in the biomedical sciences. All of them received part of their education in the building that Don Keough helped to develop at Morehouse School of Medicine.
We also express our sincere condolences to Don’s wife, Marilyn, to the Keough family and to the Coca Cola Company.