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January 28, 2009

SIU Med School Sets Black History Month Activities

Black History Month will be celebrated with two public events in February at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.  Both public events will be held at the medical school’s main building at 801 N. Rutledge St. in Springfield.

An Ethnic Heritage Day, celebrating African-American cultures, will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, February 12, in the Pearson Museum.  The program will feature remarks by Dr. Donald Ross, a Springfield surgeon.  There will also be a tasting of African-American foods.  The School regularly hosts an Ethnic Heritage Day, featuring different cultures and organized by its Office of Diversity, Multicultural and Minority Affairs.

Anthony E. Munroe, Ed.D., Anthony Munroe, Ph.D., portrait will present “Urban Hospital Closure’s Impact on Health Disparities and Access” at 6 p.m. Thursday, February 26, in SIU’s South Auditorium.  Munroe is president and chief executive office of Munroe Management Group.  He was previously president of Advocate Trinity Hospital and was named one of the Top 25 minority health care executives in the U.S. by Modern Healthcare Magazine.  He previously was named the Robert S. Hudgens Healthcare Executive of the Year by the American College of Healthcare Executives (2003).

Munroe received his doctorate in health education from Columbia University.  He earned a master’s from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, a master’s of public health from Columbia and a bachelor’s from Regent’s College. 

The program will be followed by a reception, both of which are hosted by SIU’s chapter of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA).  SNMA is composed of medical and premedical students focused on the needs of minority students across the nation.  Tandra Gordon, second-year medical student, is this year’s chair for Black History Month.  The group also is organizing several events for medical students including preparing and serving dinner to the homeless at the Springfield Overflow Shelter at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 3, and being part of the medical school’s effort at the Washington Street Mission at 7 a.m. Sunday, February 15. 

For more information for either program, contact Dr. Wesley Robinson-McNeese, Diversity, Multicultural and Minority Affairs, at 217-545-7334 weekdays.

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