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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin Confirmed As Keynote Speaker for “BlackDoctor.Org Top Blacks In Healthcare” 2014 Awards

— BlackDoctor.org and the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions host awards dinner to honor the nation’s leading black healthcare professionals. —

Dr. Regina Benjamin

Dr. Regina Benjamin

Chicago, IL — BlackDoctor.org, the leading online health resource for African Americans, will honor 20 black healthcare professionals at its inaugural BlackDoctor.org Top Blacks in Healthcare awards banquet on Thursday, April 3, 2014 in Baltimore, MD. The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Regina Benjamin, former Surgeon General of the United States.

In partnership with the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions, the event will recognize the work of the extraordinary men and women who have devoted their careers to advancing the health and total wellbeing of our communities across the nation.

“This year, we are gathering to celebrate and amplify the significant contributions that our 2014 honorees have made within the healthcare industry,” said Reginald Ware, President & CEO of BlackDoctor.org. “As we push to inspire the black community toward wellness, we must spotlight the trailblazers within the field—the dedicated leaders who serve as the heartbeat of our movement toward healthier, happier living.”

Ware adds, “Dr. Benjamin is the perfect person to speak on the evening’s theme of celebrating our successes, while still recognizing that there is more work to be done in eliminating health disparities in the African-American community.”

Dr. Regina Benjamin was appointed by President Barack Obama as the 18th United States Surgeon General in July 2009 and served a trailblazing four-year term. During her tenure, Dr. Benjamin served simultaneously as Surgeon General and as the first chair of the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council (National Prevention Council), spearheading the creation of the first National Prevention Strategy, a road map for the nation’s health. Currently, she is the Endowed Chair in Public Health Sciences at Xavier University.

Awards will be presented at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, located at 830 E. Pratt St in Baltimore, MD. The banquet will begin with a reception at 6:00 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7:00 p.m. Sponsors include the American Hospital Association, Bon Secours Baltimore Health System, OraSure Technologies and Sunovion,

For information about tickets, sponsorship, or advertising opportunities, contact Erika Gardner, BlackDoctor.org Executive Assistant to the CEO, at 312-222-1205.

About BlackDoctor.org
BlackDoctor.org (BDO) is the world’s most comprehensive online health resource for black consumers. With a monthly total audience reach of 15 million, BDO is the leading producer of targeted, culturally accurate health content for African Americans. BDO’s users appreciate receiving health advice in an environment they trust and in a language they understand. BDO also boasts the largest online database of black physicians and dentists as part of its free doctor search tool. For more details, visit www.blackdoctor.org.

About The Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions
The Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions (HCHDS) was established in October 2002 and brings together the health research and program development resources of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutes (schools of Public Health, Medicine, and Nursing) to demonstrate the efficacy of public health, social science and medical science in mitigating health disparities. HCHDS does this through efforts in research, training and community outreach. The Center has a national focus, but much of their work takes place in the local Baltimore community. The HCHDS is designated as a National Comprehensive Center of Excellence in Health Disparities by the NCMHD of the National Institutes of Health.

Sandria Washington