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Public health advocate Dr. Beverly Coleman-Miller to speak at IU Northwest

Harvard visiting scholar to discuss healthcare disparities

Nationally renowned healthcare professional, medical researcher and author Dr. Beverly Coleman-Miller will be the keynote speaker at the Annual Women’s Studies Undergraduate Research Conference on Tuesday, March 7 at 7 p.m., Savannah Auditorium, IU Northwest, Gary, Ind. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Dr. Coleman-Miller has been a healthcare provider for more than 35 years, both as a nurse and a physician. Over time, she began to realize that there was a great disparity in the quality and quantity of healthcare available to minorities as opposed to what was available to the majority. Her insights into these various dimensions of healthcare disparity prompted her to write “A Physician’s Perspective on Minority Health” which was published in Minority Health Today. In it, she discusses how different racial and ethnic groups often frame their perspectives about healthcare based on varying historical and personal experiences, different language and education barriers, and different knowledge levels of basic health care.

Dr. Beverly Coleman-Miller is an internal medicine physician with a long history of direct patient care. She is the editorial director of the new journal "Minority Health Today" that is distributed to approximately 10,000 health care professionals who provide medical care to minority patients. The journal is a tool for the provider that serves to improve medical interventions for this unique population.

She served as a discussant in the White House-sponsored initiative on "Racial Trends in America", which was facilitated by the National Science Foundation. Dr. Coleman-Miller is considered a national expert advisor in the field of minority health. She was invited by the Health Care Finance Administration to present and then publish a paper on her suggestions for research into financing future health disparity interventions. She served as the moderator in the town meeting for the Health Disparities in the New Millennium Conference for the National Institutes of Health in April 2000.

Dr. Coleman-Miller is a nationally known expert on the issue of youth violence prevention and serves on the faculty for the Violence Against Women Act. She consults with and lectures extensively to universities, health care institutions, federally funded agencies, private industry, community-based organizations, religious institutions, criminal justice agencies, educators and the military. She has just joined the advisory board of a communications arm of the World Bank. She has been appointed by the judiciary as an advisor to the Superior Court of Washington, D.C. in support of recent federal mandates involving placement of children in foster care.

For more information about this event contact Atilla Tuncay, professor of chemistry and health professions advisor, at 219-980-6745 or email



Media Contact:

Michelle Searer

Atilla Tuncay
Dept. of Chemistry
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