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Clyburn Lecture will feature keynote speaker Doris Browne on April 23, 2019; Theme of this year's lecture is "Turbulent Times: Navigating Towards Health Equity"

The Arnold School’s Department of Health Services Policy and Management and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control will host the 12th annual James E. Clyburn Health Disparities Lecture, which is free and open to the public, on Tuesday, April 23 at 10 a.m. at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center (1101 Lincoln Street  Columbia, S.C.). 


Speaker Bio

Dr. Doris Browne is the 118th President of the National Medical Association (NMA) and the President and CEO, Browne and Associates, LLC (BAI), a health consultancy company that manages programs addressing national and global health disparities.  BAI provides education, training, disease prevention consultation and a comprehensive worksite wellness programs to its clientele. 

As President of the NMA, Dr. Browne’s program focused on a Collaborative Approach to Health Equity entitled “The Urgency of Now: Creating a Culture for Health Equity. She tirelessly champions many causes that have significantly contributed to improving the health status of vulnerable population.  She has achieved both national and international recognition as an expert educator and speaker. 

She has been either featured or quoted in many news articles including the Army Times, US Medicine, Ebony, Essence, Washington Post, PBS News Hour, and ePolitico. She specializes in and is passionate about health issues, especially breast cancer, women’s health, sickle cell, HIV/AIDS, and radiation casualties.  Dr. Browne has made numerous briefings before senior executive government, congressional and White House officials. Her public health background includes health education programs on substance abuse, sex education, breast cancer, sickle cell disease and community health education programs, international disaster preparedness and humanitarian assistance program for 17 West African Nations following the Ebola epidemic of 2015.

She retired as a Colonel from the United States Army, Medical Corps where she was the Director for Medical Research and Development at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command. She also retired from the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute where she managed the breast cancer portfolio in the Division of Cancer Prevention. Dr. Browne is a graduate of Tougaloo College (BS), University of California at Los Angeles (MPH), and Georgetown University (M.D.) and completed an internship, residency, and fellowship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Hematology-Oncology. She is member of Trinity Episcopal Church, numerous professional organizations, Alpha kappa Alpha Sorority, and recipient of plentiful awards including the NIH Merit Award and the 2018 Top Blacks in Healthcare award.


Call for Abstracts

In conjunction with the Clyburn Lecture, a poster session has also been planned. Students, faculty, staff and members of other academic institutions or community organizations are invited to submit abstracts by Friday, March 8 for consideration for the session. Abstracts should be 300 words or less and describe health disparities research or practice, particularly in the areas of the science of health disparities, social justice and special populations. The poster session will include a limited number of selected abstracts and will be held during the reception immediately following the lecture. Learn more about the call for abstracts

For more information, please contact the poster session organizers:

 Dr. M. Mahmud Khan, 
 Dr. Bankole Olatosi,  
 Dr. Toni Torres-McGehee,


About the Lecture

Congressman James E. Clyburn, along with Senator Ernest F. Hollings, was instrumental in securing funding to establish the Institute for Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities in 2003. The Institute created a Lecture to honor Congressman Clyburn. The Lecture was established as a mechanism to allow national and regional health disparities researchers, public health researchers, practice professionals, policy makers and community leaders to share their findings, best practices, and lessons learned with students, faculty, and the community, in order to facilitate research and community engagement efforts focused on reducing and eliminating health disparities. Since its inception, the Lecture has been well attended by local government officials, the university’s faculty, staff and students and the community.

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