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.
26th Annual Sullivan Run/Walk
Congratulations to All!
Congratulations to the winners and all of the participants at the 26th Annual Sullivan 5K Run/Walk. What a day! $65,000 was raised to support patient care at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital.
The full results will be posted shortly and be viewed at www.greystoneracing.net/pages/results.
Dr. Louis W. Sullivan appeared to discuss Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine at the famous Bunch of Grapes Bookstore on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts Wednesday, August 20, 2014. During the evening author event, held in Vineyard Haven, Dr. Sullivan "recounted his extraordinary life beginning with his childhood in Jim Crow south Georgia and continuing through his trailblazing endeavors training to become a physician in an almost entirely white environment in the Northeast, founding and then leading the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, and serving as secretary of Health and Human Services in President George H. W. Bush's administration. Throughout this life Sullivan has passionately championed both improved health care and increased access to medical professions for the poor and people of color."