Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Arkansas Medical Dental Pharmaceutical Association, Inc. and the National Medical Association Region V Collaborate to host 2013 Conference


The Arkansas Medical Dental Pharmaceutical Association, Inc. (AMDPA) and the National Medial Association Region V partner to host conference on healthcare reform and health disparities June 6-8, 2013. The conference takes place at the Little Rock Statehouse Convention Center. Theme of the conference is "Thriving vs. Surviving in the New Healthcare Reform System: Practice, Policy, Research."

The conference brings together healthcare providers, academia, researchers and stakeholders to elaborate on current challenges and opportunities in the new reformed healthcare system. It will include current research in healthcare operations research and analytics; presentations by leading researchers and practitioners; a cross-cultural view of healthcare systems and the impact of health disparities has on the healthcare system.  The climax of the conference is the banquet, Saturday, June 8 celebrating Arkansas Medical Dental Pharmaceutical Association 120 years of service to the state of Arkansas. AMDPA has been one of the great leaders in addressing health policy, health disparities, and health equity for the communities of Arkansas.

There will be several mini-symposiums within the conference: health policy, stroke, obesity, asthma, women’s health and HIV. Information on registration and the conference is available by contacting the AMDPA office by phone at (501)-265-0156 or by email at amdpa@sbcglobal.net.

The Arkansas Medical, Dental & Pharmaceutical Association, Inc. (AMDPA) is the largest minority health association in the state of Arkansas. The organization of health professionals, primarily physicians, dentist and pharmacist, has been serving Arkansas for 120 years. AMDPA's mission is to serve as a resource for its members and their patients toward ensuring professional excellence, promoting social justice, and realizing health equity in Arkansas. AMDPA is the state society for the National Medical Association, the National Pharmacy Association and the National Dental Association. Derek Lewis, M.D. is current President of AMDPA.

The National Medical Association (NMA) promotes the collective interests of physicians and patients of African descent. NMA carries out its mission by serving as the collective voice of physicians of African descent and a leading force for parity in medicine, elimination of health disparities and promotion of optimal health. NMA mission is to advance the art and science of medicine for people of African descent through education, advocacy, and health policy to promote health and wellness, eliminate health disparities, and sustain physician viability.  Region V of NMA consists of nine states: Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, and Kansas. Joia Crear-Perry, M.D. is the current NMA Region V President.

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