For Immediate Release
February 9, 2009

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

MEDIA ADVISORY: News Conference Scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 11 at
Landon State Office Building Room 102, Topeka

Dr. David Williams to Comment on Statewide Health Report

Dr. David Williams will make remarks regarding a new statewide health report at a news conference scheduled for 9:30 a.m. at the Landon State Office Building, 900 S.W. Jackson St., Room 102, Topeka, on Wednesday, February 11.  Members of the media are invited and encouraged to attend.

The report, titled “Working Together for a Healthier Kansas,” outlines 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.

Immediately following the news conference, there will be a showing of part of the documentary series, “UNNATURAL Causes.”  The documentary explores the relationship between health and the social conditions in which we are born, live and work.  “UNATURAL Causes” discusses evidence suggesting the need for more policies that provide everyone the opportunity for good health. 

Dr. Williams will hold a discussion following the video.