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New England Coalition for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention


Annual NECON Regional Conference
Health Promotion, Disease Prevention, and Medicine - Putting Our Acts Together"

Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2001
Time: 8:00 AM
Massachusetts Medical Society
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Fee: $45
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8:30   Welcome & Introductions

    Bertram Yaffe, Chair, NECON
    Brian M. Cresta, Secretary's Regional Representative, Region One, US DHHS
    Charles A. Welch, M.D., President Elect, MA Medical Society

9:00   Keynote Address: Framing the Dialogue to Eliminate the Disparities in Health

    Nathan Stinson, Jr., Ph.D., M.D., M.P.H., Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Minority Health, Office of Public Health and Science, Department of Health and Human Services
    Introduction: Albert K. Yee, M.D., M.P.H., Regional Health Administrator, Region I

9:30   Tales From the Trenches

    Interlocutor: Howard Koh, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P., Commissioner, MA DPH
    Urban: Keith Hartgrove, Communications Teacher, Madison Park HS; The Angry Heart
    Rural: N. Burgess Record, M.D., F.A.C.P., Medical Director, Western ME Center for Heart Health

10:15   Presentation of NECON/American Heart Association/DuPont
             Regional Recognition Awards

    Richard G. Williamson, Vice President, Cardiovascular Products, Bristol-Myers Squibb
    David A. Chatel, Sr. VP, Health Marketing, Community Programs and Advocacy, AHA, NE Affiliate

10:45   Break

11:00   Workshop Sessions: Implementing NECON Recommendations
             and Achieving 2010 Objectives

  • Obesity
    Walter C. Willett, MD, Dr. PH, Chair, Dept. of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health
  • Cancer
    Judy Blei, Lobbyist, Alliance for a Healthy Connecticut
    Steve Detoy, Director, Government and Public Affairs, Rhode Island Medical Society
    Megan D. Hannan,Director of Govt. Relations & Advocacy, American Cancer Society
    Christopher F. Koller, CEO, Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island
    Laurie Storey-Manseau, Immediate Past Chair, ACS New England Division
    Moderator: Judith C. Meredith, Consultant with Health Care for All and Community Catalyst, acting as Coordinator of the Alliance for a Healthy New England
  • Mental Health
    Kevin W. Concannon, Commissioner, ME Dept. of Human Services
    Thomas Kirk, Jr., Commissioner, CT Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services
    A. Kathryn Power, Director, RI Department of MHRH
    Honorable John S. Martinez, State Representative, Connecticut
    Moderator: Joseph Bevilacqua, Ph.D.
  • Women's Health
    Jacqueline P. Fields, Ph.D, Sr. Research Scientist, Wellesley College Ctr for Research on Women
    Janice Mirabassi, Women's Health, Mass. Dept. of Public Health
    Sharon Marable, M.D., M.P.H., Asst. Med. Dir., RI DOH, Division of Disease Prevention & Control
    Barbara Leonard, Director, Division of Community Health, Maine Bureau of Health
    Lisa Bujno, Prenatal/Adolescent Program Chief, Bureau of Maternal & Child Health, NH DHHS
    Moderator: Laurie L. Robinson, Women's Health Coordinator, Region I, US DHHS
    James P. Campbell, National Chair, National Assn., HIV Over 50
    Cynthia Cannon Poindexter, M.S.W., Ph.D., Asst. Professor, BU School of Social Work
    Shirley Royster
    Moderator: Donna Gallagher, R.N.C., M.S., A.N.P.,.F.A.A.N., Director, NE AIDS Education & Training Ctr.
  • Eliminating Disparities in Health Care
    Albert K. Yee, M.D., M.P.H., Regional Health Administrator, Region I
    Marie M. Spivey, R.N., M.P.A., CEO, The Learning Corridor; Chair, CT Advisory Commission on Multicultural Health
    William D. Walker, Director, Office of Minority Health, NH DHHS
    Jazmin Miranda Smith, Executive Director, NH Minority Health Coalition
    Carl Toney, P.A., Asst. Professor, College of Health, University of New England
    Moderator: Janet L. Scott-Harris, Program Director of Minority Health, US DHHS/Office of Minority Health, Region One

12:30   Lunch

    Healthy People: Twenty Years Later: What Have We Done? What Have We Learned? What Must We Do?

    Randolph F. Wykoff, M.D., M.P.H., T.M., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health; Disease Prevention & Health Promotion, US DHHS
    Introduction: Patricia A. Nolan, M.D., M.P.H., Director of Health, RI Department of Health

2:00   A Conversation on Creating Social Capital Through Healthy Communities

    Sharon L. Rosen, Ph.D., President & CEO, Pentagoet
    William J. Kassler, M.D., M.P.H., State Medical Director, NH Dept. of Health & Human Services
    Tom Wolff, Ph.D., Director, Community Partners, AHEC
    Moderator:  Judith Kurland, President, Hunt Alternatives

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