2003 Adopted Resolutions
71st Annual Meeting

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WHEREAS, in the United States there exists a serious health gap between racial and ethnic minority populations and the general public; and

WHEREAS, eliminating health disparities is a top priority of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; and

WHEREAS, African Americans, American Indians and Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders suffer from serious disparities in health status and outcomes; and

WHEREAS, heart disease and stroke, cancer, diabetes, infant mortality and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, HIV/AIDS and lack of immunizations against disease are major areas in which health disparities occur; and

WHEREAS, prevention, early detection of disease, and prompt referral to quality health care are essential steps to reducing these and other health disparities; and

WHEREAS, the Public Health Community knows that all individuals can make a difference not only in their own health but in the health of others, and that community norms regarding medical visits and care are important factors influencing the health of a community; and

WHEREAS, the efforts of local communities working together with partners and volunteers to improve the health status of all Americans have proven to be essential to promoting healthy behavior; and

WHEREAS, the United States Department of Health and Human Services has engaged in a national "Closing The Health Gap" campaign, co-founded with ABC Radio Networks, aimed at encouraging individuals to live healthier lives and to visit a health care professional; and

WHEREAS, the Secretary of Health and Human Services has declared September 16, 2003 as "Take A Loved One to the Doctor Day" to focus attention on health care for those most in need,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The U. S. Conference of Mayors supports September 16, 2003, and the third Tuesday in September in future years, as "Take A Loved One to the Doctor Day," and encourages mayors to work with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and ABC Radio Networks to promote Doctor Day activities in their communities.