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Statement from Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, Chairman of The Sullivan Alliance, on the passing of Former Congressman Louis Stokes

Dr. Louis W. Sullivan and Former Congressman Louis Stokes“The Board of Directors and staff of The Sullivan Alliance mourn the passing of Former Congressman Louis Stokes, a member of our Board of Directors.

Congressman Stokes played an active role in the activities of The Sullivan Alliance and gave much guidance and wisdom in our deliberations and our efforts to increase racial and ethnic diversity among the nation’s health professions.

We offer our sincere condolences to his family and we celebrate his life of many achievements.”

Louis W. Sullivan, M.D.
Chairman, The Sullivan Alliance
Former Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services
President Emeritus Morehouse School of Medicine

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About the Sullivan Alliance to Transform the Health Professions

Under the leadership of Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Sullivan Alliance to Transform the Health Professions was organized in January 2005, to act on the reports and recommendations of the Sullivan Commission (Missing Persons: Minorities in the Health Professions, September, 2004), and the Institute of Medicine Committee on Institutional and Policy-Level Strategies for Increasing the Diversity of the U.S. Healthcare Workforce (In the Nation’s Compelling Interest: Ensuring Diversity in the Healthcare Workforce). The Alliance’s goal is to provide the focused leadership, deep commitment, and sustainable efforts that will result in the addition to our nation’s workforce of more well-trained health professionals from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds able to provide quality health care and innovative research in the decades ahead.

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Samantha Edwards
The Sullivan Alliance