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.
For Immediate Release
Louis W. Sullivan Autobiography Wins NAACP Image Award
Pasadena, CA – The autobiography of one of the nation’s most admired public health leaders has won an NAACP Image Award.
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.
The annual NAACP Image Awards celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in literature, film, television, and music and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors.
Winners in the 46th NAACP Image Awards literary categories were announced at a gala dinner in Pasadena, California Thursday, February 5, 2015.
About The Honorable Louis W. Sullivan, M.D.
Louis W. Sullivan, M.D., is 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.
As Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Sullivan worked to improve the health and health behavior of Americans including (1) leading the effort to increase the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget from $8.0 billion in 1989 to $13.1 billion in 1993; (2) establishing at NIH, the Office of Research on Minority Health, which has become the Institute for Research on Minority Health and Health Disparities; (3) inaugurating the Women’s Health Research Program at NIH; (4) the introduction of a new, improved Food and Drug Administration food label; (5) the release of Healthy People 2000, a guide for improved health promotion/disease prevention activities; (6) educating the public regarding the health dangers from tobacco use; (7) leading the successful effort to prevent the introduction of “Uptown,” a non-filtered, mentholated cigarette; (8) inaugurating a $100 million minority male health and injury prevention initiative; and (9) implementing greater gender and ethnic diversity in senior positions of HHS, including the appointment of the first female director of NIH, the first female (and first Hispanic) Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service, the first African American Commissioner of the Social Security Administration, and the first African-American Administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration (now the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services).
Dr. and Mrs. E. Ginger Sullivan are sponsors of The Sullivan 5K Run/Walk for Health & Fitness on Martha’s Vineyard. Now in its 26th year, the popular event has raised more than $400,000 to benefit Martha’s Vineyard Hospital.
Dr. Sullivan is the recipient of more than 60 honorary degrees, including an honorary doctor of medicine degree from the University of Pretoria in South Africa.
He is also the author of The Morehouse Mystique: Becoming a Doctor at the Nation’s Newest African American Medical School (with Marybeth Gasman, 2012, Johns Hopkins University Press).
About David Chanoff
David Chanoff received his B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University and his Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Brandeis. He has written on current affairs, foreign policy, education, refugee issues, literary history, and other subjects for The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, The Washington Quarterly, The American Journal of Education, The New York Review of Books, The Washington Post, and The American Scholar. He is a featured writer in the Washington Post’s anthology The Writing Life and his work appears in the current Norton Reader Anthology of Non-Fiction. His sixteen books include collaborations with former Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, healthcare disparities expert Dr. Augustus White, former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. William Crowe.
About UGA Press
Founded in 1938, the UGA Press is the oldest and largest book publisher in the state of Georgia. It has been a member of the Association of American University Presses since 1940. With a full-time staff of 26 publishing professionals, the press currently publishes 60-70 new books a year and has more than 1,800 titles in print. It has well-established lists in Atlantic World and American history, American literature, African-American studies, southern studies and environmental studies, as well as a growing presence in the fields of food studies, geography, urban studies, international affairs and security studies. For more information on UGA Press, see www.ugapress.org/
About The Sullivan Alliance Under the leadership of Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, the Sullivan Alliance to Transform the Health Professions, Inc. was organized in January 2005, to act on the reports and recommendations of the Sullivan Commission (Missing Persons: Minorities in the Health Professions, September, 2004), and the Institute of Medicine Committee on Institutional and Policy-Level Strategies for Increasing the Diversity of the U.S. Healthcare Workforce (In the Nation’s Compelling Interest: Ensuring Diversity in the Healthcare Workforce). The Alliance is engaged, domestically and internationally, in health workforce and health disparities projects, particularly innovative health workforce diversity efforts, interprofessional training and health care delivery. For more information, see www.thesullivanalliance.org, Twitter (@SullivanAllianc) or Facebook (www.facebook.com/SullivanAlliance).
Statement on Aaron Shirley, M.D.
From Louis W. Sullivan, M.D. Chairman & CEO, The Sullivan Alliance
With the passing of Aaron Shirley, M.D., all of us, especially the people in Mississippi, have lost a great servant leader.
Dr. Shirley distinguished himself by providing care to underserved people in rural and urban communities in Mississippi – serving for many years as the only African-American pediatrician in the state. He also helped care for the civil rights demonstrators in Mississippi during the 1960s and 1970s. In addition to the compassion he showed to patients, his strategic and nimble mind created health workforce development projects that benefited the whole nation.
He led the development of the Jackson Hinds Comprehensive Health Center for many years and he helped to establish the Jackson Medical Mall.
Over the past two years, I had discussions with Dr. Shirley to secure his help in establishing a Mississippi state-wide chapter of the Sullivan Alliance. The purpose of the Alliance is to recruit and prepare more minority young people for careers in the health professions, to address the healthcare needs of Mississippians, who are presently not well served by our health system.
We will miss Aaron Shirley, but his good work lives on with us.
We thank God for giving us such a talented and dedicated servant of the people. And we extend our sincere condolences to his family.
Louis W. Sullivan, MD
The Sullivan Alliance to Transform the Health Professions
Louis W. Sullivan's new memoir, "Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine"
Washington, DC -- Join former Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Dr. Louis W. SullivanTuesday, November 18, 2014 at the National Press Club as he signs copies of his autobiography, Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine at the U.S. Capitol region’s premiere holiday book event.
The National Press Club Journalism Institute is once again partnering with landmark local book seller Politics & Prose for a night of pols, pundits and prose for its 37th Annual Book Fair and Author’s Night.
Dr. Sullivan and other VIP authors will be on hand to talk to their fans and sign books at this most exciting literary event. Patrons can browse for books at the Club’s headquarters at 529 14th Street NW, W3ashington, DC, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.Tickets can be pre-ordered via the National Press Club Book Fair Website at http://www.press.org/bookfairTickets will also be available at the door.
The Book Fair is a fundraiser for The National Press Club Journalism Institute, a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization, which advances journalistic practice by equipping professionals with the skills and competence to innovate, leveraging emerging trends, recognizing leaders and innovators, and mentoring the next generation of journalism and communications professionals.
The Book Fair is partnering with The SEED Foundation, which helps under-served students prepare for college. The young scholars attend one of two public boarding schools in the District and Maryland. The students select books they believe would enrich their education and patrons can buy them at the fair to help develop the Baltimore SEED School library. A group of students from the SEED school attend the event each year, giving them a chance to meet with authors and attendees.