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Former Secretary of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Louis W. Sullivan to visit two Baltimore K-10 schools to meet, inspire children enrolled in “Sullivan Kids” after-school programs


Baltimore, MD (September 20, 2013) – On Thursday, September 26, Louis W. Sullivan, MD will visit K-10 students at Northwood Appold Community Academy Public Charter School II (NACA) and Rosemont Elementary and Middle School (REMS) in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Sullivan is visiting NACA and REMS because of the schools’ commitment to educating students with a focus on rigorous academic and intellectual engagement, and preparing students for future health-related careers. Dr. Sullivan is the Founding Dean and President Emeritus of Morehouse School of Medicine, Chairman of The Sullivan Alliance to Transform the Health Professions, and Former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Both schools offer their K-10 students “Sullivan Kids” after-school programs that were developed by The Maryland Alliance to Transform the Health Professions (MD Sullivan Alliance). The MD Sullivan Alliance is a consortium of key health professions schools – at Maryland higher education institutions, both private and public, including all of the state’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) – that have joined forces to increase the number and percentage of ethnic and racial minorities matriculating into health professions schools in the state of Maryland. The Maryland Alliance is chaired by Allan S. Noonan, MD, MPH. Dr. Noonan is a retired Assistant Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service and Founding Dean of the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University. Ilana S. Mittman, PhD, a social scientist focused on health and educational equity, is Vice Chair of the Maryland Alliance.

Drs. Sullivan and Noonan will visit both schools and are available for media interviews before (by phone) and during the events. School representatives will also be available.

**Both schools visits will be accessible by pre-registered media. Media must sign-in at the front office and obtain visitor passes**

Visit #1:Northwood Appold Community Academy Public Charter School II
When:10:00AM – 11:30AM
Where:2500 E. Northern Parkway, Baltimore, MD 21214
Who:Louis W. Sullivan, MD; Allan Noonan, MD, MPH; Ilana S. Mittman, PhD; Cecil Gray, PhD, Director; Sonya Gray, Executive Director; and Veris Lee, Program Coordinator.
Visit #2:Rosemont Elementary and Middle School
When:2:30PM – 4:00PM
Where:2777 Presstman St., Baltimore, MD 21216
Who:Louis W. Sullivan, MD; Allan Noonan, MD, MPH; Ilana S. Mittman, PhD; Mr. Dwayne Wheeler, Principal, Rosemont; Ms. Sandra Ashe, Executive Director, Rosemont; Dr. Frank Kober, Special Consultant to the President, Coppin State University; Dr. Sadie Gregory, Provost, Coppin State University; and Ms. Hermione M. Hicks, MPA, Former Assistant Dean of Admissions, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

About NACA II and The Sullivan Kids Health Club
During spring 2013, NACA and the MD Sullivan Alliance launched "The Sullivan Kids Health Club at NACA II”. The purpose of the Health Club is to introduce the students to and place them on one of NACA’s (multiple) Freedom and Democracy College and Career Pathways. In this instance, the students have been introduced to the: “The Freedom and Democracy College and Career Pathway to Heath and The Health Professions.” This effort is preparing NACA II students for college and professional careers in health, wherein they will excel for themselves, their families and loved ones, their home community, the larger Baltimore community, and our national and global community.

About The Sullivan Kids Club at Rosemont Elementary and Middle School
The Sullivan Kids Club at Rosemont was inaugurated in the spring of 2013. The initiative has been spearheaded by a handful of professionals who are members of a state-wide consortium to transform the Maryland’s health professions by interesting people of color in a career in healthcare. The premise of the program at Rosemont is to build a network of support around the children which includes their parents, educators and career counselors aiming to enhance their self-esteem and aspirations for a rewarding career in healthcare.

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 break-through research in the decades ahead.

For more information, go to www.thesullivanalliance.org, Twitter (@SullivanAllianc) or Facebook (www.facebook.com/SullivanAlliance).

Rosemont Elementary and Middle School (REMS)Northwood Appold Community Academy Public Charter School IIFor interviews with Drs. Sullivan and Noonan contact:
Samantha Edwards
Communications Director
The Sullivan Alliance
sedwards@thesullivanalliance.org

571-338-4723

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