For Immediate Release
August 11, 2015
Louis W. Sullivan to discuss the State of Black Health on Michigan Public Broadcasting
Detroit – Former U.S. Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Louis W. Sullivan, MD, will discuss the state of black health on Michigan Public Broadcasting’s “Primary Care with Dr. Lonnie Joe” http://www.primarycare-tv.com.
The interview, slated for broadcast in 2016, was conducted by Speaker of the House for the National Medical Association (NMA) Lonnie Joe, Jr., MD. The discussion was recorded July 31, 2015 at the Charles Wright African-American Museum in Detroit during the NMA’s National Convention and Scientific Assembly.
The program airs Sundays at 1:00 p.m. and Tuesdays at 5:30 a.m.on Detroit Public Television station WTVS. “Primary Care with Dr. Lonnie Joe” is also seen on the following Michigan stations: WDQC-TV in Flint, WKAR-TV in East Lansing, WGVU-TV in Grand Rapids, WNMU-TV in Marquette, and WCMU-TV in Mt Pleasant.
Statement from Louis W. Sullivan, MD
Former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services
President Emeritus, Morehouse School of Medicine
Supreme Court Ruling
June 25, 2015
“I am very pleased with the SC’s 6-3 ruling today affirming the Affordable Care Act.
This decision means that millions of Americans will benefit from improved access to health care and in turn, better health status. This decision preserves the integrity of the Supreme Court as an arbiter of our nation’s laws.
All Georgians and Americans should be pleased with this decision which will be helpful to them and our state and national economy as well.”
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.”