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    The Sullivan Alliance

    The Sullivan Alliance seeks to strengthen the capacity and quality of the nation’s health workforce by increasing the numbers of ethnic and racial minorities within the health professions. Alliance activities focus on the intersection of health, education and health workforce.

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    The National Health Museum's mission is to educate and motivate Americans to live healthier lives. Its goals include helping the nation remain at the forefront of life science discovery and care by inspiring the next generation of health professionals and researchers. It will build and lead a national health and wellness community with two primary delivery platforms: a global online network and digital health outreach center called the Cyber Museum, and a high-profile visitor center called the Experience Museum at Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park. NHM has identified a preliminary story concept for the Experience Museum that includes immersive visitor zones called Connect, Heal, Live, Feel, Relax, Move, Eat, and Think.

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    The Board of Trustees of the National Health has selected Atlanta as the home for this uncommon educational resource. Recently completed economic research estimates that NHM would attract between 1.1 and 1.4 million annual visitors to a location in downtown Atlanta, near Centennial Olympic Park. The NHM Board of Trustees is currently considering several site opportunities in this dynamic neighborhood, which is home to a variety of highly popular visitor attractions. 


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Putting One Foot In Front of the Other

Louis W. Sullivan’s morning walks have always been about two things: building connections and health.

Dr. Sullivan’s early morning walks with his wife Ginger started in the early 1970s.

“We started it as an effort for weight reduction, and we found that we loved it,” Dr. Sullivan said at his Harthaven home in Oak Bluffs this week. “We found it was a time we could talk about things ­— financial, the children, plans — this was our time to do it.”

When Dr. Sullivan became secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human services under President George H.W. Bush from 1989 to 1993, he brought his walks to Washington, D.C.






Dr. Louis Sullivan finds that a little walking goes a long way

In the summer of 1989, the same year George H. W. Bush appointed Dr. Louis Sullivan U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. Sullivan and his wife, Ginger, started a five-kilometer race on Martha's Vineyard. Now known as the Sullivan 5K Run/Walk, the race that has raised approximately $300,000 to benefit Martha's Vineyard Hospital over the years will celebrate its 25th year this Saturday, starting at 9 am.

In an interview with the Times on Tuesday, Dr. Sullivan discussed the importance of 5K to the Vineyard, his concerns about the current U.S health care system, and his days as a trumpeter at Morehouse College.


Wall Street Journal Op-Ed Submission 3-1-12

-Louis W. Sullivan, M.D.

In spite of millions Americans without access to needed health care,  health insurance reform continues to be a political hot potato.   But, the need to address the ills of the system only grows.

While the Congress and the country struggle with the swelling costs of our healthcare system, little time is being spent on how to address the growing lack of access to appropriate care faced by many of our citizens.

For example, what isn’t mentioned is how emergency dental care is contributing greatly to skyrocketing medical costs.

A report released this week by the Pew Center on the States, shows that more than 830,000 visits to emergency rooms nationwide in 2009 were for preventable dental problems.    In my state of Georgia, visits to the ER for oral health problems cost more than $23 million in 2007.  In Florida, the ER bill for oral health problems exceeded $88 million.  Since only 24 states report this kind of data, the Pew report merely opens a window on a much larger problem.


The Morehouse Mystique


The Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, is one of only four predominantly black medical schools in the United States. Among its illustrious alumni are surgeons general of the United States, medical school presidents, and highly regarded medical professionals. This book tells the engrossing history of this venerable institution.

The school was founded just after the civil rights era, when major barriers prevented minorities from receiving adequate health care and black students were underrepresented in predominantly white medical schools. The Morehouse School of Medicine was conceived to address both problems—it was a minority-serving institution educating doctors who would practice in under-served communities.


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Louis W. Sullivan, M.D. is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Sullivan Alliance to Transform the Health Professions. He is also chairman of the board of the National Health Museum (NHM) in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Sullivan 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. With the exception of his tenure as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from 1989 to 1993, Dr. Sullivan was president of Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) for more than two decades.


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