Rep. James Clyburn is featured speaker April 9
U.S. Rep. James Clyburn will discuss the impact of healthcare reform on efforts to alleviate the country’s health disparities April 9 at the University of South Carolina.
Clyburn, the House Majority Whip who has served South Carolina’s Sixth District since 1993, was instrumental in getting the bill through the U.S. House of Representatives March 21.
Clyburn will be the featured speaker at 9 a.m. April 9 in the Russell House ballroom on Greene Street at the third annual James E. Clyburn Health Disparities Lecture presented by the Arnold School of Public Health at USC.
The lecture series, a joint initiative between Claflin University and USC’s Institute for Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities, brings together researchers and public-health professionals to discuss ways to eliminate the public-health disparities for diseases prevalent among South Carolinas minority residents, including cancer, stroke, obesity, HIV/AIDS and high blood pressure. Racial and ethnic minorities represent one-third of the country’s population but make up more than 50 percent of the nation’s uninsured, according to the Kaiser Foundation.
“I am honored to be delivering this lecture at an historic time in our nation with regards to healthcare,” Clyburn said. “Health disparities are always in the forefront of my service in Washington, and I am pleased that as we celebrate Public Health Week, we have the opportunity to reflect on real positive changes for public health in America.”
Clyburn, along with former U.S. Sen. Ernest F. Hollings, helped secure funding to establish the Institute for Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities in 2003. Located in the Arnold School of Public Health, the institute helps forge public and private partnerships to address chronic diseases.
The April 9 program is free and open to the public. A reception and scientific poster session featuring health disparities research at USC and Claflin University will follow. The lecture series takes place during the nation’s observance of Public Health Week.
Clyburn, a Sumter native, was elected to Congress in 1992. In November 2006, he became the House Majority Whip, the third-highest ranking position in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is the first South Carolinian and second African American to hold that position. He is a graduate of Mather Academy in Camden and was a student leader at South Carolina State College in Orangeburg. Before running for Congress, Clyburn served nearly 18 years as the state’s human affairs commissioner.
For more information about the lecture, call Gwen Preston at the Institute for Partnerships to eliminate Health Disparities at 803-251-6315.