For Immediate Release
October 27, 2008

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

MEDIA ADVISORY: News Conference Scheduled for 9 a.m. on Oct. 29 at
Hyatt Regency Convention Center, Wichita

Dr. David Williams to Comment on Statewide Health Report to be Released in January

Dr. David Williams, Ph.D, will make remarks regarding a pending statewide health report at a news conference scheduled for 9 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Convention Center in Wichita on Wednesday, October 29. Members of the media are invited and encouraged to attend.

The report, titled ‘Working Together for a Healthier Kansas,’ is scheduled to be released in January. The report will outline strategies for reducing differences in infant mortality, obesity rates, tobacco use, nutrition and access to medical care among racial and ethnic communities in Kansas.

Dr. Williams is a professor of public health and African and African-American studies of sociology at Harvard University. He is an internationally recognized authority on social influences on health, and is the author of more than 150 scholarly papers in leading journals in sociology, psychology, medicine, public health and epidemiology. The Journal of Black Issues in Higher Education has ranked him as the second most cited black scholar in the social sciences in 2006 and 2007.

Williams will be in Wichita to present at the Kansas Early Detection Works (EDW) annual conference. EDW provides breast and cervical cancer screening services through service providers located across the state.

Note to reporters: Please stop by the Early Detection Works conference registration booth in the main lobby of the Hyatt Regency Convention Center. Staff will direct you to the area where the news conference will be held.