Inaugural Health Disparities Lecture set for April 25

Dr. Lovell Jones, director of the Center for Research on Minority Health at the University of Texas, will be the featured speaker Friday, April 25, for the inaugural James E. Clyburn Health Disparities Lecture at the University of South Carolina.

The program, which is open to the public, will take place at 9 a.m. in the auditorium of the Public Health Research Center of the Arnold School of Public Health, located at 921 Assembly St. A reception is planned immediately afterward in the atrium.

Jones is the founding co-chair of the Intercultural Cancer Council, the nation's largest multicultural health-policy group, which focuses on minorities, the medically underserved and cancer. He also is the founding chair of "Minorities, the Medically Underserved and Cancer," the nation's largest multicultural conference that examines the latest scientific and treatment information. A 2002 recipient of the American Cancer Society's Humanitarian Award, Jones has published more than 100 scientific articles on topics such as hormonal carcinogenesis and health policy and edited "Minorities & Cancer," one of the few comprehensive textbooks on this subject.

The University of South Carolina's Institute for Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities has named the lecture series for Clyburn because his service to the Palmetto State and his leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives have been critical in improving public health, said Dr. Saundra Glover, an Arnold School of Public Health professor and the institute's director.

"Representative Clyburn has been a leader for public-health issues vital to the health and well-being of children, adults and senior citizens throughout our state and nation," she said. "He has vigorously championed the need for healthcare for children, protection of the environment and research on diseases that affect minorities disproportionately, including HIV and AIDS, cancer, tuberculosis and cardiovascular disease."

The Arnold School is naming April 25 James E. Clyburn Day at the school.

University President Andrew Sorensen said Clyburn's commitment to the Palmetto State is underscored through his advocacy of education at all levels, including the state's colleges and universities.

Since he began his career in public service as a teacher in the 1960s, Jim Clyburn has worked tirelessly to support education for all of our state's citizens," Sorensen said. "He has played a critical role in legislation that has shaped educational opportunities for all, and his dedication to higher education in the Palmetto State will have an impact for generations."

The head of the S.C. Human Affairs Commission for 18 years, Clyburn has represented South Carolina's 6th Congressional District since his election in 1992. He has held key leadership positions, including chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and vice chair and chair of the House Democratic Caucus. Before being elected House Majority Whip in November 2006, Clyburn served on the Appropriations Committee.

Speakers for the program also will include Claflin University President Henry N. Tisdale and Dr. Harris Pastides, the university's vice president for research and health sciences. Crystal Garrett, Miss South Carolina, will be a featured guest.

Partners for the lecture include the Arnold School of Public Health, the Area Health Education Consortium, Claflin University, the Commission for Minority Affairs, Minority AIDS Council, Office of Minority Health, Palmetto Health, S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control and Victory Tabernacle.

For more information about the James E. Clyburn Health Disparities Lecture, call 803-251-6300.