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Panel focuses on health equity, investing in children's health

April 17, 2018
Group photo at the National Minority Quality Forum's annual health summit
Health equity matters: Dr. Winifred Booker, second from left, participates in the National Minority Quality Forum's annual health summit April 17 in Washington. Also pictured from left are Kameron Van Patterson, Ph.D., Jenne Johns, Rep. Robin Kelly, Ankoor Shah, M.D, Doris Browne, M.D., and Nicole Harrington.
Washington — At the National Minority Quality Forum's annual health summit here April 17, Dr. Winifred Booker was part of a panel on health equity addressing "Our Kids, Our Future: Raising Healthy Children and Adolescents."

The panel examined the clinical and social investments being made to advance the health of children and adolescents into adulthood. Dr. Booker, who is president of the Society of American Indian Dentists and chief executive officer of the Children's Oral Health Institute, talked about the number of school hours missed every year due to dental pain. She also stressed prevention, the need for more medical-dental collaboration and shared information on the ADA's Action for Dental Health initiative.

Kameron Van Patterson, Ph.D., director, The Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. Center for Education, Justice and Ethics at the University of Maryland, moderated the event. Other participants included Jenne Johns, director of health equity, AmeriHealth Caritas; Rep. Robin Kelly, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust; Ankoor Shah, M.D., attending pediatrician, Children's Health Center at THEARC; Doris Browne, M.D., president, National Medical Association; and Nicole Harrington, senior director, Pharmacy Services, CVS Health.