DR. HAGELIN TO LEAD CONGRESSIONAL FORUM FEATURING U.S. SURGEON GENERAL AS KEYNOTE SPEAKER: CALL YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TODAY!
On June 3, 1999, at 11:00 a.m. in Washington, D.C., Dr. John Hagelin will lead an important Congressional Prevention Coalition forum entitled "Achieving Parity in Health Care for Minority Populations: Prevention of Hypertension and Heart Disease."
The forum is cosponsored by Dr. Hagelin's Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy.
Speakers at the June 3 congressional caucus include:
Heart disease is America's No. 1 killer. African American men and women endure disproportionately high rates of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Deaths from heart disease are two thirds higher for African American women and one third higher for African American men than for whites. Excessive rates of hypertension, psychosocial, and socio-environmental stress contribute to high CVD morbidity and mortality in this population.
According to research, heart disease and its primary risk factor, hypertension, are largely preventable. Both can be effectively controlled through lifestyle modification and scientifically proven methods of stress reduction. These approaches are highly cost-effective compared to conventional pharmacological or surgical treatments for cardiovascular disease.
The bipartisan Congressional Prevention Coalition, cosponsored by Senators John Chafee and Bob Graham and Representatives Jim Leach and Jim Moran, serves as a forum for education and discussion of the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of preventive approaches in health, social, and economic policy.
PLEASE ACT IMMEDIATELY! Contact your Senators and Representative and urge them to attend this important caucus--or to send their advisors in health care if they cannot attend. Many congressional leaders will be returning home for the Memorial Day recess, so if they have left Washington you can also contact them at their local offices. But we must act now.
We greatly appreciate your immediate action to ensure a strong turnout for the June 3 Coalition forum.
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