Healthcare in the Stokes Era and Beyond

Special Guest, Dr. Louis Sullivan, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, to reflect on health care disparities

Dr. Sullivan

SOLD OUT: Special guest Louis Sullivan, M.D., former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services under President George H.W. Bush

October 18, 2017

8 am to 1 pm

Cleveland State University, Student Center Ballroom, 2121 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115

EVENT SOLD OUT: While the event is sold out, you can livestream it here:

Health disparities are the inequalities that occur in healthcare and its access across different racial, ethnic and socioecomic groups. A collaboration between the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland State University, Cuyahoga Community College, The MetroHealth System, Northeast Ohio Medical University, and University Hospitals will feature Dr. Louis Sullivan and some of Cleveland's top healthcare leaders sharing their viewpoints on this topic.

Dr. Louis Sullivan's bio:

Dr. Sullivan became the founding dean and director of the Medical Education Program at Morehouse College in 1975. The program became The School of Medicine at Morehouse College in 1978, admitting its first 24 students to a two-year program in the basic medical sciences. In 1981, the school received provisional accreditation of its four year curriculum.

In 1989, he left to accept an appointment by President George H.W. Bush to serve as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. In this cabinet position, Dr. Sullivan managed the federal agency responsible for the major health, welfare, food and drug safety, medical research and income security programs serving the American people.

Dr. Sullivan is the founding president of the Association of Minority Health Professions Schools (AMHPS). He is a former member of the Joint Committee on Health Policy of the Association of American Universities and the National Association of Land Grant Colleges and Universities. In 1985, he was one of the founders of Medical Education for South African Blacks (MESAB). From 1994-2007, he served as chairman of the organization, which raised scholarship funds in the United States and South Africa for more than 10,000 black health professions students, who are now physicians, nurses, dentists and other health professionals in South Africa.

Registration: Obtain your free ticket (when prompted, use the password: Stokes)

Event Schedule:

8 am: Breakfast

8:25 am: Welcome remarks, Cleveland State University President Ron Berkman, Ph.D.

8:30 am: Healthcare: How Yesterday Influences Today, featuring John Corlett, president and executive director, The Center for Community Solutions

9:00 am: A Retrospective Look at Healthcare Delivery, a discussion featuring Dr. Edgar Jackson, M.D., Daisy L. Alford-Smith, Ph.D., Lolita M. McDavid, M.D., M.P.A., Giesele R. Greene, M.D. and Robert P. Madison
Panel moderated by Cleveland State University President Ron Berkman, Ph.D.

10:15 am: Local Hospitals Role in Eliminating Health Disparities, a panel featuring Cleveland's  top healthcare leaders: 

  • Bernard Boulanger, M.D., Chief Clinical Officer of The MetroHealth Medical System
  • Toby Cosgrove, M.D., Chief Executive Officer and President of the Cleveland Clinic
  • Thomas Strauss, President & Chief Executive Officer of the Sisters Charity Health System
  • Tom Zenty, Chief Executive Officer of University Hospitals
  • Panel moderated by Cuyahoga Community College President Alex Johnson, Ph.D.

11:30 am: Lunch

Noon: Congressman Stokes' Role in Reducing Healthcare Disparities, featuring Dr. Louis Sullivan, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services under President George H.W. Bush. Moderated by Northeast Ohio Medical University President Jay Gershen, D.D.S., Ph.D.

1 pm: Optional Tours of CSU/NEOMED building

The event is free and open to the public.
Parking is available around the Cleveland State University Campus on a first come, first serve basis.