Friday, April 13, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cuyahoga Community College - Corporate College East
4400 Richmond Road | Warrensville Heights, OH 44128
Strengthening Ties
for a Healthier Community
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Featuring Keynote Speaker
Angela C. Dawson, MS, MRC, LPC
Executive Director
Ohio Commission on Minority Health
Addressing health disparities and advancing health equity in health care
Angela Cornelius Dawson is Executive Director of the Ohio Commission on Minority Health, whose mission is to eliminate disparities with innovative strategies and financial opportunities, public health promotion, legislative action, public policy and systems change.

The nation’s first state office of minority health, the commission funds culturally-sensitive projects to reduce the incidence and severity of diseases and conditions related to morbidity and mortality in minority populations. Focus areas include infant mortality, cardiovascular disease, cancer and substance abuse.

Ms. Dawson previously served as director of the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services from 2007 to 2011 following 20 years as executive director of a private non-profit outpatient alcohol and other drug treatment and prevention services center in Franklin County. Dawson has a bachelor's degree in rehabilitation education, and master's degrees in counseling and guidance and rehabilitation counseling from Wright State University.

Plenary Session with Discussion Panel
Blood pressure control: How low should we go?
Jackson T. Wright, Jr., MD, PhD
Emeritus Professor of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University
Jackson T. Wright, Jr, MD, PhD, is Emeritus Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University and former director of the William T Dahms MD Clinical Research Unit and Clinical Hypertension Program at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. An experienced clinical investigator, he counts over 300 publications and has served on numerous national and international advisory panels.

Dr. Wright has played a major or leadership role in nearly every large clinical outcome trial conducted in black populations over the past 25 years. His leadership and participation in National Institutes of Health-funded clinical trials with large minority significantly advanced the knowledge base for treating hypertension and chronic kidney disease. He currently serves as principal investigator for one of the five clinical center networks in the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute-sponsored Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT). The study documented benefit of treating patients to a SBP of < 120 mmHg compared to treatment to < 140 mmHg, reducing cardiovascular events by 25% and total mortality by 27%, especially in older hypertensive patients.

Dr. Wright participated in the last four US national hypertension guideline panels. He co-chaired the treatment section for the previous Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure (JNC 7) and is an author on the 2014 guideline and the most recent 2017 ACC-AHA Hypertension Guideline.

Including Breakout Sessions:
  • Lead and asthma: Unhealthy housing
  • High Blood Pressure in kids
  • Shared Decision Making: Helping patients make choices that are right for them
  • Infant Mortality: Centering Pregnancy
  • Better Health Update

Accreditation Statement: The MetroHealth System is accredited by the Ohio State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The MetroHealth System designates this educational activity for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s).™ Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Nurses and Social Workers: check with your professional association as these credits might be applicable for licensure renewal.

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